- Microsoft announced that they bought esports tournaments organizer Smash.gg.
- The collaboration is likely to result in online competitions around popular Xbox combat games.
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Microsoft and Smash.gg announced, yesterday, that they will join forces after the two have finalized the agreement according to which the Redmond giant will buy the esports platform.
Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition via its MSN Esports Twitter account, mentioning that this step means more opportunities and support, also implying that they will have a say in the organization of the upcoming esports tournaments.
On the other hand, Smash.gg considers this event an opportunity to expand on their business objectives.
Today we’re excited to take the next step in that journey by joining Microsoft to help strengthen our existing relationships and explore new opportunities. Smash.gg will continue as a self-service esports platform available to tournament organizers from all game communities.
What is the future of Smash.gg’s online game tournaments?
Founded in 2015, Smash.gg offers tools for online game tournaments via an all-inclusive platform that handles registrations, payments and rankings. It addresses both amateur and professional organizers.
Initially, these events were organized around games in the Super Smash Bros series, but as the community expanded, the platform has been hosting tournaments for other games as well, mostly combat ones.
Therefore, it is likely that Smash.gg will collaborate with Microsoft for similar tournaments for some of the latter’s most popular Xbox games, such a Mortal Kombat or Injustice.
For now, the esports platform mentioned that the ongoing tournament will not be affected by the recent move.
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