Mobile gaming; it's changed minds and attitudes all the way along the ecosystem from developers to gamers, and more and more people are starting to take this concept a lot more seriously. But one of the most recent efforts that's revealed itself in recent days is showing us how serious this field is starting to get, as Kiip and Guinness World Records is coming together for what is said to be a first-of-its-kind event: a bid to find the best mobile gamer on the face of the Earth.
Kiip dropped the word on this one earlier today, detailing how a three-day competition comprised of several Kiip Swarms—their term for large-scale tournaments—will decide the best mobile gamer on Earth. The competition is set to start October 11, so those interested in taking a stab at the best of the best ranking will want to get on it, and quickly.
How does one compete for the title of world's best in mobile gaming? Kiip has several ways in mind, including playing in all four qualifying competitions with the top 10 players in all four events—Mega Jump, Lane Splitter, 7x7, and Into the Dead—getting an invitation to the finals. However, that won't be the only way, as playing in just one competition, and landing one of the top two slots in those competitions will get an invitation. Several opportunities will also crop up in certain games en route to the biggest title shot.
There will even be some prizes available for winners at the individual level, and the whole thing will run through November 24, leading up to the championship event in December, where a “secret game” will decide the world's best in mobile gaming.
Frankly, I'm impressed. Kiip's CEO, Brian Wong, offered a note of reasoning behind all this, saying “There are console and PC gaming tournaments, but no one has created a highly competitive experience for mobile until now. We expect millions around the globe to participate and can't wait to reward the best mobile gamer in the world.” Rewards are indeed impressive here, with the winners of the Into the Dead round set to snag things like a Jawbone Jambox or a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone.
Wong, and by extension Kiip, has taken an important step here into the wider future of gaming as we know it; the competitive aspect. Sure, Major League Gaming is still a force to be reckoned with, but much like Wong explained, mobile hasn't been getting this kind of love for some time now, at least, until now. This is likely to prove one of the great catalysts in getting more gamers involved with the concept of e-sports on some level, as now every sector of gaming—PC, console, and now mobile—has a level of genuine competitive gaming to put out. Now all it really needs is to get the word out, and once the gamers start showing up and watching the exchanges, it's likely to be every bit as big an industry as professional sports themselves.
We may well be looking at the start of a whole new cultural paradigm here, and though it's one that comes with its own joys and perils, it's still quite the concept, and a slice of gaming history—not to mention larger history—that's well worth keeping an eye on.