Razer are pushing forward on the software front with Razer Arena, a web-based platform providing “gaming tools typically reserved for professional-level gamers.” If you’ve ever wanted to host a tournament, no matter the scale, then this might be the news for you.
“Tournament platforms focus heavily on the professional gaming scene, leaving out the majority of gamers,” says Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan in a press release. “That ends today with Razer Arena. Finally it’s easy to find the best gamers in your school or your office. There are competitions for every skill level, from casual to pro. You decide how and with whom you compete.”
Currently in its first phase, users can now use Razer Arena to participate in daily challenge cups, as well as tournaments by selected partners. Once the second phase begins in March 2015, users will be able to host their own private tournaments.
Razer Arena will feature:
- Automatic match creation and reporting
- Match-reminder notifications
- In-game voice chat powered by Razer Comms
- Chat lobbies for the most social and interactive gaming experience powered by Razer Comms
- Anti-cheat engine to ensure fair play
- Single elimination format
- Custom competition creation and management with friends, schoolmates and colleagues – Coming March 2015
At the moment only Battlefield 4, Dota 2, and Counterstrike: Global Offensive is supported. A few tournaments are already listed so feel free to check them out.
There’s also an open call for developerss to either implement the Razer Arena API into their games or vice-versa.
Given the strength of Razer’s branding and their familiarity with eSports, hopefully we’re looking at the next standard for competitive communities.
[Source: Press Release]