Sony Acquires Repeat.GG to Boost PlayStation Esports
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is acquiring Repeat.gg in a bid to boost the PlayStation esports ecosystem. Repeat.gg is one of the biggest esports tournament platforms and it is known for its ‘asynchronous’ esports tournaments, which allow players to compete in various events even if they are not online at the same time. The company tracks the performances of players and the best-performing players are awarded first prize in these events.
What does the Repeat.gg acquisition mean for Sony?
Console esports is lagging behind PC and mobile at the moment. Esports athletes who compete in various esports titles make the switch to PC for competitive events. But console esports is significant with titles like Super Smash Bros, FIFA, and Street Fighter being mostly exclusive to consoles.
Sony recently announced the acquisition of Bungie, which is the studio behind Destiny 2 and it is also responsible for the creation of the early Halo titles. Bungie is reportedly working on a . Sony might be focusing on esports in the future and it sounds like good news for players who are loyal to the PlayStation platform and want to have a shot at more competitive esports titles.
Repeat.gg revealed in the , “We will have access to more resources, game titles and technology, which will allow us to grow the team to push Repeat in directions that we had never thought would be possible. This will allow us to grow Repeat significantly over the next couple of years with plenty of new features, continuing our mission to become synonymous with esports by creating a home where everyone has a chance to compete and win.”
Repeat will not become a PlayStation-only service and it will continue to serve PC, mobile and other console platforms. The platform has promised that it will continue to add the newest competitive titles to the service regardless of platform.
There will be no short-term changes visible as part of the acquisition and the Repeat.gg team will be working with Sony on things that they have planned for the future. The company is yet to reveal its plans on what’s in the works.