Sony Announces PS4 Competitive E-Sport Platform, Leagues and Portal in Italy
During a press conference held in Milan at the legendary Giuseppe Meazza Stadium (where the Milan and Inter soccer teams play), Sony Computer Entertainment Italy announced announced PlayStation Italian League, an e-sport league for Italian gamers.
SCE Italy’s Marketing Manager Marco Saletta mentioned that PS4 has a very relevant market share, so the company wants to take on the responsibility to organize a dedicated e-sport platform.
The official site will be open at playstationitalianleague.com, starting today at midnight Italian time.
Incidentally, this is the mysterious PlayStation Initiative that was leaked a few days ago by an Italian website.
The platform will require players to enter their PSN id and password, and it will host various tournaments with different timings (weekly, monthly and so forth).
The platform will help players that have to compete against one another befriend each others. They will afterwards play the game whenever is comfortable for them. Once played the game, they will declare the result on the website.
If both declarations match, the result will be registered, otherwise a referee will intervene and check the results out, possibly requiring evidence.
The portal will also allow players to get in touch with each other in order to form teams for the competitions.
Tournaments with prizes will include Battlefield: Hardline and FIFA 15, while tournaments with no prizes will include Driveclub and The Last of Us: Remastered.
All players that will play a game will receive a raffle ticket that will allow them to take part in contests every three months. One of the prizes is a 20th Anniversary edition PS4.
Milestone also announced that Moto GP 15 will have a dedicated mode supporting the PlayStation Italian League natively. The mode will be introduced with a patch in June.
It’s important to mention that the PlayStation Italian League will be available only in Italy. Sony announced a similar initiative in Spain, but no other nations have been mentioned.
Below you can see a few pictures from the press conference, including a few shots of the portal’s UI.