PlayStation Acquires Repeat.gg In Further Esports Expansion
In recent months, PlayStation has been making waves in the esports space. It all began last year, when Sony Interactive Entertainment, along with RTS, acquired the Evolution Championship Series. Then, mere weeks ago, Sony announced a line of esports-focused hardware, including headsets and monitors. Now, the PlayStation brand has expanded further into the dynamic realms of esports, acquiring the Repeat.gg platform.
For almost a decade, Repeat.gg has operated as a platform that enables players from around the world to compete against one another in a range of games. It’s a peer-to-peer service that links up players, hosts leaderboards, and empowers players to become esports competitors at the lowest level, potentially kick-starting their careers. It’s one of the most popular platforms of its kind, joined by the likes of Z-League and Midnite, and now, it’s a part of the PlayStation family.
Entertainment Expands Into Esports
If there’s one thing PlayStation is known for, it’s the slew of remarkable single-player titles under its belt. For generations, Sony Interactive Entertainment, along with its subsidiaries, has produced countless top-tier titles, but the multiplayer, competitive side of PlayStation has never fared too well. Now, SIE is looking to right that wrong, entering the esports industry in earnest through tactical acquisitions and the provision of key esports peripherals.
In a statement, Steven Roberts, the President of Global Competitive Gaming at SIE, explained:
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.gg 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.
As a platform, Repeat.gg gives players a place to compete across titles such as Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, League of Legends, and PUBG. Reportedly, there have been more than 100,000 tournaments hosted on Repeat.gg, a mix of both free and pay-to-enter events. According to Repeat.gg, more than 2.3 million users exist on the platform, making this a lucrative acquisition for Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Bolstering The Platform
For years, Sony has operated a ‘Competition Center’ that enables players to compete across a wide variety of games, but it hasn’t ever gained traction. With the acquisition of Repeat.gg, Sony Interactive Entertainment will either find some way to fuse the two platforms together or retire the Competition Center entirely.
There are many changes taking place within the confines of SIE, all of them designed to bolster the company’s offerings and bring more content to players. Most recently, SIE completed its acquisition of Bungie, the developer behind Destiny, signed a huge partnership deal with communications platform, Discord, and revealed its intentions to provide more live service games.
There’s no telling what might be next for PlayStation, but the firm is definitely seeking to disrupt the esports industry as soon as possible.