Amazon Appstore have announced the Champions of Fire Invitational, a tournament with a $100,000 (~£80,000) prize-pool.
It’s going to be held across multiple “casual mobile games” and will feature 16 of the world’s biggest celebrity video game streamers. The one-day event takes place on 2 December in Las Vegas and will be live streamed on Twitch.
The intriguing event will see competitors face off across five of the top rated games on the Appstore. They will compete in Disney Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Bloons TD Battles, 8 Ball Pool and Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition. The competitors must show their skill across all five games to be in with a shot of winning the title.
Tournament highlights will be televised nationwide on CBS Sports Network, Monday, December 12 from 7 – 9 p.m. PT.
“Competitive video gaming has seen huge growth, and we see tremendous customer value in expanding the tournament experience to include the casual mobile games played by millions of people today,” said Aaron Rubenson, Director, Amazon Appstore. “The Champions of Fire Invitational will see some of the top gaming pros square off in the same fun games our customers can download and enjoy today from the Amazon Appstore.”
Esports Insider says: It’s a big prize pool and a weirdly intriguing event. The fact it’s going to get national TV coverage is also a weird one – considering the games featured are all casual mobile games. It may be a form of new strategy to entice people into esports. We’ll be interested to see how it goes.