Reliance will be proceeding deeper into the profitable business of mobile and online gaming with hosting an e-sports event this month called the JioMart Gameathon. The Free Fire tournament will be the first in a series of events which the company is planning to hold. It is marketing the creativity under its JioGames platform. Just to recall, during Reliance Jio’s 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) last year, JioGames was announced along with the JioFiber set-top box. It has over five million downloads on the Google Play store when the app was still in its beta version.
The Free Fire tournament will be held starting from October 30 to November 1. According to a support page created for the tournament, it will have a live broadcast via YouTube and as well as via JioTV. The competition will comprise a prize pool of Rs. 25,000 with the winning team getting Rs. 16,000 followed by runner up with Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 1,000 for the most valuable player. The money will be credited via JioMart wallet to the players. This will be a mobile tournament only. Tablets, triggers, emulators, etc. will not be allowed for playing tournaments.
Registrations are open from October 26 to October 29 for JioMart Gameathon #GetSetGame through the JioGames portal. It will be divided in a four stage tournament starting with a qualifying stage which will held on October 30 and 31 from 11 am onwards which will be followed by quarter finals from 11 am to 3 pm, semi-finals from 1 pm to 4 pm, and then the grand finale from 5 pm to 8 pm on October 31.
Total 576 teams will pass into the qualifying stage divided between 48 lobbies. The top 2 teams from each lobby will qualify for quarter finals. Then, 96 teams will compete in 8 lobbies and the top three teams from each will enter the semi-finals. After this, 24 winning teams will battle in the semi-finals in two lobbies and six from each will reach the finals. The grand finale will have a single lobby and 3 matches will be played to declare the winners. The registration page has all the details about the scoring system, in-game and device settings and some general rules.
Reliance Jio had a huge interest in gaming for a long time now. In February this year during a televised sit down with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani had said that “gaming will be bigger than music, movies, and television put together”. Also, Microsoft had confirmed that it was banding with Jio to bring Project xCloud to India. In 2018, Reliance had also live-streamed a League of Legends World Championship on JioTV.