[Official website] Razer, in partnership with Las Vegas-based Gaming-Grids, today announced the first phase launch of Razer Arena, a new competitive gaming ecosystem for everyone. The service will be powered by the voice chat gaming messenger, Razer Comms. Overall, it is a web-based platform that brings together competitive gaming tools typically reserved for professional-level gamers.
“Tournament platforms focus heavily on the professional gaming scene, leaving out the majority of gamers,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “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.”
In the first phase, users will be able to participate in daily challenge cups to get familiar with the tournament platform, as well as participate in tournaments produced by selected partners. In the second phase, slated for March 2015, users will be able to host their own private tournaments. Successful Razer Arena tournaments may be featured alongside professionally organized events.
At launch, Razer Arena will support the following titles: Battlefield 4, DOTA 2, and Counterstrike: Global Offensive. Game developers that are interested in learning more about integrating their game with the platform can go to http://developer.razerzone.com/arena. Once Razer Arena is out of the beta test phase, tournament organization tools will be made available to everyone.