Reliance is set to venture deeper into the lucrative mobile and online gaming business by hosting an esports event called JioMart Gameathon this month. The Free Fire tournament is the first in a series of events the company plans to host and is marketing the initiative under its JioGames platform. As a reminder, JioGames was announced – along with the JioFiber set-top box – at Reliance Jio’s 42nd Annual General Meeting last year. While the app is still in beta, it has over five million downloads from the Google Play Store.
The Free Fire tournament will take place from October 30th to November 1st and, according to a, will be broadcast live via YouTube and also via JioTV Support page created for the tournament. The competition will have a prize pool of Rs. 25,000 with the winning team will get Rs. 16,000, followed by Rs. 12,000 for the runner-up and Rs. 1,000 for the most valuable player. The money will be deposited into the players’ JioMart wallet. This is a cell phone-only tournament and no tablets, triggers, emulators, etc. are allowed.
Registrations for JioMart Gameathon #GetSetGame are open from October 26th to 29th via the JioGames portal. It will be a four-stage tournament starting with a qualifying phase on October 30th and 31st from 11am. This is followed by the quarter-finals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the semi-finals from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the grand finals from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31.
A total of 576 teams make it through to the qualification phase, split between 48 lobbies, and the top two teams from each lobby advance to the quarter-finals. The 96 teams then compete in 8 lobbies and the three best teams each reach the semi-finals. The 24 winning teams fight in the semifinals in two lobbies, six of which reach the final. The grand finale will have a single lobby and 3 cards will be played to declare the winners. The registration page contains details on the point system, in-game and on-device settings, and general rules.
Reliance Jio has been interested in games for a long time. In a televised interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in February of this year, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani said that “games will be bigger than music, films and television combined”. Microsoft also confirmed that it has partnered with Jio to bring Project xCloud to India. Reliance also streamed a League of Legends World Cup live on JioTV in 2018.
Gadgets 360 has also reached out to Reliance Jio to inquire about its future plans in the sport and will update the copy as soon as more details are available.
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