New App Rollout Continues Facebook Tournaments’ Goal of Making It Easier to Organize Grassroots-level Online ESports Events

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Recognizing not everyone sitting in front of a gaming console can be Johan Sundstein, Anathan Pham, or Jesse Vainikka, Facebook continues with its initiatives to connect the rest of us.

On April 7 the social networking monolith announced the release of Facebook Tournaments.

Today sees the release of a mobile app for the streaming service. The app bundles Facebook Tournaments’ streaming, social features, and games. While an IOS version isn’t available yet, the app is currently available on Android.

Designed as a one-stop destination for both tournament organizers and amateur-level participants, the goal of Facebook Tournaments is to make it easier for gamers from all corners of the online world to come together in one hub.

Originally designed to make organizing eSports live tournaments easier and for release later this year, Facebook Tournaments was rejigged for the online community in the wake of the world-wide COVID-19 lockdown.

In announcing the early rollout, Facebook released this mission statement: “Gaming is all about friendly competition, and Facebook Gaming tournaments help bring that experience to everyone wherever they are, whatever game they’re playing.

The feature makes it easier for parties to organize and invite players to a single-elimination, double-elimination or round-robin event, as well as to coordinate registration, seeding, bracket management, and scoring.

Available platforms include the Android Facebook app as well as desktop and web browsers.

In announcing the service on Twitter, Facebook noted that there will be bugs to be worked out and that all feedback is encouraged. It also suggested that there’s nothing wrong with spending sunny days gaming, mostly because it’s making everyone safer.

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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