Gameloft, in a partnership with the Black Shark 2 gaming phone, has unveiled the Asphalt Series 2019 for Asphalt 9: Legends.
Qualifiers for the game will begin on May 20 for nine countries: France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. The best racers will travel to Gamescom in Germany this August to battle it out for the €20,000 ($22,336) prize pool.
Asphalt 9: Legends is also among three games in the ESL Mobile Open, which will span three seasons throughout 2019. The first live event of the ESL Mobile Open will be from May 31 to June 2 at DreamHack Dallas. Asphalt 9: Legends will be played alongside PUBG Mobile and Clash of Clans.
It’s not surprising to see Gameloft announce a tournament for its hit mobile racing game. The mobile esports market is growing at an amazing rate and provides a good financial venture for developers.
“Esports coming to mobile is a natural evolution of the industry and a testament to how important mobile gaming has become,” said Gameloft’s vice president of marketing Damien Marchi.
Previous Gameloft games like Modern Combat Versus and Asphalt 8 have only received one or two events with no proper esports structure taking shape. So it’s unclear right now if the Asphalt Series will become a yearly affair with continuous tournaments.