PUBG Mobile was initially released on Android in 2018, and over the last two years, the game has seen many updates and improvements, but it still hasn't reached version 1.0. Well, this will all change on September 8th. PUBG Corporation has just announced that a slew of improvements are coming with the update to version 1.0 this September. This is so the game will offer a smoother experience for eSports. You see, PUBG Mobile World League and the World Championship are going to be combined this November into one event called PUBG Mobile Global Championship (absolutely nothing confusing about that), which will offer a $2-million prize pool.
Valve's Dota 2 is still one of the most popular games in the e-sports world, and the 2018-2019 season of the Dota Pro Circuit is currently ongoing. If you enjoy watching professional Dota matches, Valve has a new app just for you — Dota Pro Circuit.
Some of you may not know that we have an Overwatch team here at Android Police. Well, by "team," I mean three of us play Overwatch together sometimes. And, by "play," I mean that two of us flail against a keyboard and get carried by Corbin. Anyway, Blizzard has just released the official Overwatch League app for following the competitive esport's inaugural league season, giving you yet another avenue to not watch us play.
There are apps for following baseball, football, and all those other "outside" sports. The collection of eSports apps is also growing, and now Blizzard has its own in the form of StarCraft WCS. It's an app for following the upcoming StarCraft II World Championship Series, which I know you were all planning to do.
As if Amazon doesn't have its collective hands in enough projects, Amazon Web Services has launched a new 3D game engine and a scalable service to make it easier for developers to build and deploy server-based multiplayer games. The game engine is called Lumberyard, a fully functional game engine based on CryEngine, it comes with a number of improvements and custom integrations. The service goes by the name GameLift and it's built on top of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Together, they are meant to bring new customers to Amazon's EC2 cloud architecture and drive increased usage and engagement on Twitch.
A friend once told me that watching someone else play a game can sometimes be even more entertaining than playing it yourself and more enjoyable than a movie. I wouldn't know, but I trust his opinion. Well, his and that of the thousands of people who seem to love it as much, to a point where a game streaming platform like Twitch exists and is valued equally to Instagram. If you fall in this demography of video game lovers and if you're a fan of the multi-million dollar competitions that ensue, you should check out Strafe.
Think of Strafe as a sports scheduling and scores application, only it's geared toward eSports, ie. video