Facebook today launched Tournaments, a feature of its gaming platform that allows users to put together a gaming competition. It is apparently good for esports, although it is intended for regular users who may want some competition during social distance.
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1 / Social distancing means we have to be apart, but games can still unite us. So today we open early access to Facebook tournaments, a feature that helps people stay connected through games. pic.twitter.com/rYOIXBcIHS
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Although obviously still in early access, the tournaments are open to anyone to use. You can organize one from the “Create Tournament Event” option in Facebook Gaming. Facebook added in a Twitter announcement (ironically) that streamers can also use tournaments to host charity events, as their livestreaming tools now include support for it.
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Tournaments were apparently intended to help Facebook set up an esports platform, but the current world situation caused the company to launch it early. The idea is that ordinary players can use the feature to put together their own social distance tournaments. My Abouseif, the Tournament Engineer, told VentureBeat:
Our mission for Facebook games is to build the world’s gaming community and organized gaming has always been a big part of the game, regardless of levels of competition … Whether it is meeting someone with family and friends or whether it is a creator of a tournament For viewers or fans, or if it’s an esports organization, this is a big part of the game.
Tournaments are also part of Facebook’s efforts as part of the World Health Organization’s Play Apart Together campaign, whose mission is to encourage people to get their social interaction through gaming. So the idea is that if a group of people wants some competition – say, for example, a group of streamers – then it will make it easier.
Facebook has been trying to make its gaming platform a paradise for streaming / esports for a while now, even going as far as participating in the battle for popular streamers. So far, a number of popular streamers have been signed to the platform, and tournaments would be the next big boost to their profile.
You can find all the tournaments that people set – or set one of your own – here.
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