‘PlayStation 4’ Latest News & Update: Sony Teams Up With ESL; PS Online Tournaments Feature To Launch Soon
Playing "NBA 2K17" on a PlayStation 4 is about to get more exciting as players will soon be able to join tournaments in the comfort of their own homes. Last Thursday, Sony announced that it will be collaborating with the ESL gaming network and will host a month-long NBA tournament.
Engadget writes that the "PlayStation Tournament," as it is called, will run from October 27 to November 26 with what they call "Major Cup Rounds" every Saturday. This will be in line with the regular NBA season which will launch at around the same time on which the online tournament will be based on. If a player gets lucky enough to land at the top three at the end of the tournament, he or she could get rewards that could include PlayStation 4 Gear, controllers and online popularity.
To participate, a player would of course need a running copy of the game, a subscription to PlayStation Plus and an ESL account. One also has to register for the PlayStation 4 tournament beforehand at ESL but once registration is complete, a player will automatically be prompted when his time to compete comes on.
However, there has been no news yet as to how large the player pool will be. But the matches for this tournament will all be one on one. With this PlayStation Tournament of "NBA 2k17" being new, Sony is reportedly looking for ways to expand the scope and playstyle variety of the tournaments on PlayStation 4 for future improvements.
PlayStation Lifestyle reports that North American players are limited to "NBA 2K17" for this PlayStation 4 tournament. European players can participate for tournaments of more games that include "FIFA 17," "WRC5," "Project CARS," and also "NBA 2K17."
There appears to be more than what is offered as Sony said, "There are many types of Tournaments and matches taking place, so check out the PlayStation Tournaments feature and compete!" Marcel Menge of ESL also adds that they are "incredibly excited to be able to offer this seamlessly integrated solution for the most passionate eSports fans."
The PlayStation 4 launch, however, is not actually the first time that a console maker has ventured into the tournament pool. Earlier, Microsoft had unveiled its Xbox Live Tournament Platform in GDC wherein players can make their own tournaments.