There’s no denying that mobile esports are popular, and the platform is perfect for some competitive gaming, but what you might not know is that there’s a major mobile esports tournament for tennis this year. That’s right, the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas is on smartphones this year – a first for the competition.
Not only that, but as the name suggests, the competition is organised by one of the four major grand slams in professional tennis, and the Roland-Garros eSeries final is due to take place this weekend. A staggering number of players took to the virtual courts this year – more than 238k people from 207 countries. As a result of having so many participants, the tournament has a total of 1.66m matches so far.
“Turning Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas into a mobile competition as well as collaborating with Tennis Clash allowed us to take our competition to the next level,” head of Roland-Garros international development Aymeric Labaste says. “All these excellent figures showed we could connect with a large audience on a global scale through an engaging Roland-Garros experience.”
When is the Roland-Garros eSeries final?
The Roland Garros eSeries final takes place on May 21, and it sees eight participants duke it out for the crown. Better yet, it’s being held at the top of the prestigious Phillipe-Chatrier court, which just so happens to be at Roland-Garros, giving the ultimate tennis experience to the finalists.
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