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ESL announced today that it is teaming up with AT&T to create the ESL Mobile Open, a new year-round mobile esports league. ESL is a competitive gaming company that has been creating and organizing gaming competitions since 2000.
Esports is expected to be a $1.65 billion business in 2021, according to market researcher Newzoo. The growth of professional competition on mobile could be key for the health of the entire esports market. And AT&T is one of the largest telecoms on Earth, and it spends hundreds of millions a year on its mobile ecosystem.
ESL Mobile Open’s first season will start on March 18. It will focus on three titles: the battle royale PUBG Mobile, the strategy game Clash of Clans, and the racing game Asphalt 9: Legends. It will have a $330,000 prize pool.
“We believe that mobile will provide the opportunity to bring the next generation of esports enthusiasts into the fold,” said Yvette Martinez-Rea, chief executive officer at ESL Gaming North America, in a press release sent to GamesBeat. “A first in the industry, ESL Mobile Open was developed to provide anyone with a phone access to compete at the highest levels with both established and emerging mobile esports titles. AT&T is a natural for this program with their commitment to innovation in esports and gaming and by promoting broad access for players of all types and levels.”
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ESL Mobile Open will give mobile esports a chance to shine on the same big stage as PC competitions at events like Dreamhack Dallas, which will host the finals for ESL Mobile Open’s first season.
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