Microsoft has announced plans to release a tournament functionality for eSports based games on the Xbox Live.
“Xbox Live Tournaments” as it’s being called will allow developers to have functionality to create their own tournaments right inside Xbox Live.
Jason Ronald, the head of Xbox Advanced Technology Group rolled out the plan at a presentation at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California.
“Esports is not a new trend. It’s not a new fad. It’s very clearly here to stay” – Jason Ronald
Some of the features that the new Xbox Live Tournaments Program will offer is that players will be able to directly sign up for upcoming events right through their Xbox. Microsoft is already taking a step in the right direction by partnering with eSports tournament groups such as FACEIT and Electronic Sports League, and they plan to add more partners to the list soon.
The world of eSports is growing exceptionally. It is at that rate where it doesn’t matter if eSports is on a personal computer or a gaming console, eSports is eSports. The growth of eSports is only assisted by the interest of big names such as Microsoft. They are definitely taking a step in the right direction by involving more eSports based activites into their games and consoles.
A preview version for the “Xbox Live Tournaments Program” is available to game developers currently. All they have to do to enable it is to get a Software Development Kit (SDK) from Microsoft, and then they are able to work with a fully functional version of the system. ESL stated that it is looking to collaborate with developers to make use of the tool. With Microsoft trying to turn Windows 10 into a universal operating system across most of its devices, the new program will also be able to be used on a Windows 10 machine.