Esports tournament platform Epulze and game developer Critical Force have partnered to bolster Critical Ops esports, the company’s mobile FPS game.
According to a release, Critical Force will utilise Epulze’s platform to create more grassroots and professional Critical Ops tournaments.
The partnership will kick off with the Critical Ops Championship Invitational, which features open qualifiers on the Epulze platform throughout September and October. In total 12 qualified teams will then compete against four invited pro teams in the competition’s main event on October 16th-20th.
Critical Ops is a mobile FPS game that was officially released in November 2018. Since the game’s launch, Critical Ops has amassed over 50m downloads on Android devices.
Mobile esports is still a developing ecosystem in most parts of the Western world, with the overall esports industry largely dominated by PC and console games. However, there has been more of a focus being put on mobile esports titles as of late.
Earlier this year ESL FACEIT Group added Call of Duty: Mobile to its mobile esports ecosystem, the Snapdragon Pro Series. Moreover, the upcoming Brawl Starts World Championship will be taking place at Dreamhack Winter in Sweden.
Whilst the Western mobile esports industry is still being built, the Eastern world, in particular Asia, has a blossoming mobile esports ecosystem. This includes notable titles such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, PUBG: Mobile and Honor of Kings.
Critical Force’s new partner, Epluze, is coming off the back of presenting this year’s Dota 2 Lima Major alongside esports production company 4D Esports. The platform also recently partnered with market research and data company UNLOX to help secure better commercial opportunities.
Watkins Lam, Senior Community and Esports Manager at Critical Force, commented: “As we grow our esports, we are thrilled to be able to work with a new partner with so much experience in providing both smooth and multiple levels of tournaments for players around the world.
“We cannot wait to see what we can do together bring awareness and expand the whole competitive gaming experience on mobile.”