Facebook Gaming Now Supports Esports Tournaments for Everyone

Amateurs, pros, friends, and families now have a place to stream and compete

Our socially distant, stay at home situation is not going anywhere anytime soon. We need distractions. Facebook Gaming tournaments could be one of them.

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Facebook Games has launched the addition to its Facebook Games platform and now supports esports tournaments for everyone.

Why tournaments: Esports is big business and a big deal for gaming pros, but with everyone socially distancing and staying at home, more gaming amateurs were looking for a way to play more casually, but still in a tournament environment. Facebook, according to VentureBeat, which had been working on Tournaments for a while, but mostly as a support from in-person esports events, fast-tracked the platform to support Stay Safe at Home COVID-19 prevention efforts.

How does it work: Anyone can set up a tournament, which provides streaming, brackets, live chat, promotion, invites, and even fund-raising tools for those looking to use a tournament to help support a cause. It cannot automate matchmaking inside games like Players Unknown Battleground and Fortnite, or report the results of a match, but they’re working on it.

What Facebook says:The goal is to empower these gaming communities to coordinate and have these tournaments engage these communities,” Facebook Gaming tournaments head engineer Mina Abouseif told VentureBeat

Bottom Line: If you game, use Facebook, and know some other stuck-at-home gamers, this is a way to launch your own tournament without concerns about whether or not your skills match pro-level, esports requirements.

Via: VentureBeat

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