As esports organisations move forward at speed, the space for casual money-making competition may not have kept pace.
The number of gamers who have the passion and dedication to play competitively and use their skills to earn money is growing. Yet, there is no equivalent to semi-pro football in esports, where players can make a nice chunk of change without being pro. Aside from do-it-yourself wagers, the only way to earn cash at the moment is to go fully professional, which isn’t viable for everyone. Furthermore, because the pipeline for casual players is somewhat lacking, it might be difficult to do so even for the few that are capable.
As a result, the industry has been flooded with competitive gaming platforms, which focus on organising small-scale esports tournaments with real-money prizes. Thousands of such competitions are being hosted daily on various competitive gaming platforms.
One such platform is Maxi Players — an esports community that promises to accommodate all players, regardless of skill level. The new platform provides users with an opportunity to participate in skill-based duels and win real-money prizes. Ultimately, it aims to help gamers develop their esports careers, while also functioning as a space for casual competitors — those that don’t want to go pro but would like to earn some extra cash through gaming.
The concept is simple. By bidding low amounts of money on their own skills, players can organise challenges for more significant rewards. It’s up to them how much they want to bid and earn; they can face friends for a few pounds or they can raise the stakes by competing in tournaments.
The platform covers a variety of esports titles, including Fortnite, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Overwatch, CS:GO, FIFA, VALORANT, Rocket League, Dota 2, StarCraft II, NBA 2K, Madden NFL, Rainbow Six: Siege, Battlefield, Hearthstone, and Legends of Runeterra. Its features include team creation, tournament mode, and the affiliate programme, which provides users with a range of benefits.
Thanks to cooperation with gaming influencers, Maxi Players has quickly established itself in the German-speaking market and is now looking to expand to other countries through its franchise system. This way, the company provides not only a space for casual esports but also investment and other business opportunities for users.
Competitive platforms play an important role in the esports ecosystem. Besides connecting players and giving them the opportunity to profit from gaming, Maxi Players hosts many casual leagues and tournaments globally and participates in strengthening existing communities — as well as creating new ones.
Competitive gaming platforms can serve as a transitional space for potential esports athletes — something the industry desperately needs. Aspiring gamers get much-needed exposure and recognition, as well as the chance to ‘test the waters’ before committing to the career of an esports pro.
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