Reliance to Host Its First Esports Event JioMart Gameathon This Month
Reliance will host its first esports event called the JioMart Gameathon this month after watching from the sidelines for at least a couple of years. A Free Fire tournament will be the first in a series of events that the company plans to hold and will be conducted on the JioGames platform, claims a report. The Android-only JioGames announced — along with JioFiber set-top box — at Reliance Jio’s 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) last year now has over five million downloads on the Google Play store.
The Free Fire tournament will be held from October 30 to November 1 and will have a live broadcast via YouTube and also via JioTV, according to an AFK Gaming report. It also says that the winners will be given prices from JioMart.
Registrations for JioMart Gameathon #GetSetGame are open from October 26 to October 29 through the JioGames portal. According to its description, it will be a four-stage tournament starting with a qualifying stage on October 30 and 31, 11 am onwards. It will be followed up with the quarter-finals on Sunday, October 31, from 11 am to 3 pm semi-finals from 1 pm to 4 pm, and the grand finale from 5 pm to 8 pm.
A total of 576 teams will enter the qualifying stage divided between 48 lobbies and the top 2 teams from each lobby will make it to the quarter-finals. The 96 teams will then compete in 8 lobbies and the top three teams from each will reach the semi-finals. The 24 winning teams will battle in two lobbies in the semi-finals and six from each will advance to the finals. The grand finale will have a single lobby and 3 maps will be played to declare the winners. The registration page has details about the scoring system, in-game and device settings, and general rules.
Reliance Jio has had an interest in gaming for a long time now. It had live-streamed a League of Legends World Championship on JioTV in 2018. In a televised sit-down with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in February this year, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani had said that “gaming will be bigger than music, movies, and television put together”. Microsoft had also confirmed that it was partnering with Jio to bring [Project xCloud] to India.
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