Twitch will be hosting its first fighting game-focused tournament at next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with T-Mobile as the core sponsor.
According to a press release, the “Twitch Esports Arena” will be situated outside near the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The tournament will run for three straight days and feature Street Fighter V, Injustice 2, and Tekken 7. Admissions will be open for the public, with all of the action livestreamed from the T-Mobile Esports Stage on Twitch Esports, the “new home” for the platform’s competitive gaming content.
The full schedule is as follows:
- June 13: Day 1 will feature matches on Street Fighter V from 12:00 – 8:00 pm PDT.
- June 14: Day 2 will feature matches on TEKKEN 7 from 12:00 – 8:00 pm PDT.
- June 15: Day 3 will feature matches on Injustice 2 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm PDT.
Take note that this is not the first time for Twitch to be partnering with T-Mobile. Both parties joined forces for E3 2016 as well but the venture did not result in Twitch hosting its own tournament. This is the first for the streaming giant, and likely not the last.
While it has not been confirmed, it is possible that we will be seeing several key figures from the fighting game community make an appearance to promote the event and meet with fans.
“E3 has evolved from an industry-focused event to a public celebration of gaming, while the upward momentum of esports is year-round,” said Kristen Salvatore, vice president and commercial director of esports sponsorship at Twitch.
In other esports-related news, Nintendo is also hosting a competitive event at E3 2017 for both ARMS and Splatoon 2. The Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational will take place on June 13, shortly after the company is done with its Treehouse announcements. The Arms Open Invitational will commence from the next day.
T-Mobile is one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world. Last year, it announced the addition of YouTube Gaming, Dailymotion Games, and Azubu (now Smashcast) to its “Binge On” program. Customers have the freedom to stream their favorite services without using their data volumes. Strangely, the program does not feature Twitch. The continuous working with the platform, as well as demand, might convince T-Mobile to reconsider.