Microsoft expands Xbox Arena with option for player-made esports tournaments

03 November 2016


Microsoft announced last week that players will be able to create their own custom tournaments on the Xbox Live Arena from 2017.

It had been the case that only esports organisations, such as Gfinity in the UK, and game developers could create their own but with this announcement the company should inject far more activity and excitement into the platform. 

Microsoft’s Jenn McCoy told conference attendees (4m43s): “We want to bring another level of tournament competition to players on Xbox Live. One where you determine the rules of competition.”

She continued: “We want to give gamers the ability to create their own tournaments and challenges just like you would do if you were setting up a fantasy football league or joining an intramural soccer team. You don’t have to qualify, nor do you have to track scores offline. Arena will do it for you.”

McCoy demonstrated how to create a tournament and invite friends and as the video below shows it seems fast and simple.

Esports Insider says: This is a strong move for console esports as players will be able to create their own tournaments quickly and easily meaning whether it’s a gathering between friends or a charity event at a local bar the options are endless.