Amazon’s third major esports tournament will see the company return to focusing on casual mobile gaming titles. The second Champions of Fire event follows on from Amazon’s Mobile Masters Invitational over the summer, that saw several esports teams compete across mobile titles like Hearthstone and Vainglory.
“Champions of Fire is a high-profile tournament for casual mobile games designed to make competitive gaming accessible to a wider audience,” details the press release. “The event, which takes place December 2-3 at Time Inc. Studios in New York, will feature 12 of the world’s most popular gaming celebrities including, Swiftor, NampaiKid, and Mystic7, facing off in some of the top casual mobile games for a share of $50,000.”
The tournament will be broadcast live on Amazon Appstore’s Twitch channel, and air nationwide at a later date on CBS Sports Network.
Titles that will be featured at Champions of Fire include Beach Buggy Racing, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, and Flappy Bird Family. The tournament will see the gaming celebrities challenge each other in the available titles.
There were issues regarding the line-up of games for the first Champions of Fire Invitational tournament, and it appears to be the same case this year. The choice of games by Amazon seems to be based on a false premise: that casual games are easier to understand by spectators than serious esports.
The casual mobile titles in Champions of Fire are not top esports titles, and there are good reasons for this. Mainly, that they were not developed to be played competitively. Many of them are perhaps fun to play but were largely made with a player, not a spectator, in mind.
It is not an issue exclusive to Amazon, however. Last week we reported that Motorola Sweden’s mobile esports tournament (held in partnership with ESL Nordic) will feature Hearthstone along with titles like Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and Modern Combat 5. Again, there are absences of larger mobile esports like Vainglory or the recently released Arena of Valor.