Sony Starts Its eSports Move
TNL Take: Looks like Sony is going to finally start taking eSports seriously.
PlayStation announced a partnership with ESL to launch PlayStation Tournaments which is essentially their eSports platform.
While the Press was fairly minimal there were some interesting details mentioned:
/01 NBA2K7 IS THE DEBUT GAME
NBA2K7 has never been a big draw on both the viewership or event side – but that will probably change once Marketing and Money come in.
But why NBA2K7?
More than likely to coincide with the start of the 2017 NBA Season. Now that’s a smart Marketing move and will get some extra free Press.
/02 1-ON-1 GAMES ONLY
The initial NBA2K7 PlayStation Tournaments will only future single player games but Sony hinted that multiplayer support will be coming soon.
/03 GAME STYLE
The big question around the tournament will be the standard 1-on-1 mode and the games will not be held in the MyPark or 2K Pro-Am modes.
Will everyone pick the Warriors? Curry is from another planet.
/04 PRIZE POOL
Considering the ever increasing prize pools across the eSports landscape - $4M for Call of Duty World League alone - the top 3 players of every major tournament will win "a DualShock 4 controller and other PlayStation” gear.