Sony PlayStation is betting on esports quite a bit. For example, they have been organizing the Gran Turismo championship for a few years now and competitions are also regularly available via the PlayStation Network. In addition, Sony bought the largest fighting tournament EVO last year. Time to take it one step further: this time they bought Repeat.gg.
This is a platform on which leaderboard tournaments are organized with the aim of making esports more accessible. It follows how esports players do in games, they can participate in competitions, and more. Repeat has hosted more than 100,000 tournaments over the years.
Sony sees value in the platform and has therefore acquired Repeat. Steven Roberts, vice president of global competitive gaming at Sony, said the following about the acquisition in conversation with Gamesindustry:
At PlayStation, our vision for esports has always been about breaking down barriers for gamers to compete at all levels. Together with the talented Repeat team, we’re excited to explore more ways for players to engage in competitive gaming and expand the breadth of our esports offerings. This is just the start of our journey and we look forward to sharing more updates with our community in the future.
Aaron Fletcher, CEO of Repeat, explains that the platform is intended to “allow new tournament formats that are easy to enter and scalable to millions of participants” and is accessible to all gamers “regardless of skill level.” The platform will continue to support PC, mobile, and non-PlayStation consoles.
Repeat offers both free and paid tournaments on its platform. Users need only connect their game accounts to their Repeat profile for the platform to automatically track their performance. Depending on their performance in tournaments, players earn coins redeemable for a variety of gift cards, including those for PSN, Steam, Nintendo, Xbox Live, and Amazon. It is unknown if or how this platform will interface with PlayStation platforms, although we can picture it working well with the recently announced PlayStation Stars loyalty program.
What are your thoughts on PlayStation’s acquisition of Repeat? Have you already used the esports platform? Tell us in the comments.