Anyone, including Air Sex fans, can organize an esports tournament thanks to Play One Up

Whether you’re talking the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or Air Sex World Championships, there’s little disputing that people love tournaments. But here’s the thing that prevents us from enjoying more of them: they can be expensive and labour-intensive to mount. That changes this December with a new feature on the gaming app Play One Up.

The upgrade is a tournament mode designed to bring players together on a platforms that include both PlayStation and Xbox. As for the target audience, think broad-based, which is to say everything from search-and-destroy shooters like Fortnite and Call of Duty to traditional-sports-based games like NBA 2K and Madden NFL.

Here’s how it works: after ponying up a US$599 registration fee on the gaming app Play One Up, an organizer can begin throwing together tournaments. Those are hosted by the Play One Up site. For their troubles moving forward organizers get 30 percent of the cut every time they throw a tournament where folks pay-to-play. For hosting and providing the infrastructure Play One Up takes home 15 percent. The rest is earmarked for first and second place finished once the competition is underway.

How much it will cost esports fans to sign up for any given tournament is controlled by the organizer, as is the length of the competition, the gaming platform to be used, and. of course, the game itself. Everyone will be required however to compete one-on-one, which at least keep things simpler than a 40 person free-for-all. Competition, again, will take place on the Play One Up site.

In announcing the tournament feature, Play One Up CEO Brandon Pitts issued a statement saying the company is thrilled to be able to host tournament play, and to give anyone and everyone the chance to become an organizer.

Anyone can get out there

“Anyone willing to get out there on Twitter and Twitch to promote their events, can make some real money at this,” he said. “Players on our head-to-head platform now can take it to the next level and join brackets for bigger stakes and bragging rights.”

Also, because you know that you want to see it, here is some Air Sex Championships footage. Remember that no animals were harmed in the making of the video.

And yes, it’s safe for work, unless you happen to work in an office where the sight of someone playing a no-more-risque-than-Theatre-Sports version of charades is considered grounds for a trip to the human resources supervisor’s office.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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