This week, Activision Blizzard’s professional eSports organization, Major League Gaming (MLG) launched its very own GameBattles Android app on the Google Play Store. In case you’re not a huge follower of professional video-game tournaments, you may have missed the fact that in the last decade, GameBattles has became by far the largest multi-platform online gaming tournament system used by over 100 console and PC games including numerous Call of Duty, NFL, and FIFA installments. If you ever followed a major tournament on a platform like YouTube or Twitch, chances are MLG had its fingers in organizing it. As of a few weeks ago, the platform celebrated 10 million registered users and considering the growing popularity of eSports worldwide, it’s not outlandish to presume that GameBattles will still be around for a very long time.
As for the mobile version of the app, you can currently use it for checking up on your achievements and general personal stats, view match scores and in-depth reports as well as scheduled matches, including those you yourself have participated in. Given its nature, the vanilla version of the app is more useful to people participating in tournaments than those watching them, though there’s a small chance that won’t always be the case in the future. Still, from what can be gathered from the GameBattles Play Store description, the development team is currently focused at planning future updates that will include features such as the ability to find and schedule matches and earn rewards through some kind of a loyalty program. The order in which these and other features will be coming will depend on community feedback, so feel free to hit up MLG on social networks and in the Play Store comments section in regards to what you’d like to see next.
In case you’re not a stats fanatic and are just interested in watching premium MLG video content, the old MLG.tv app that’s been available on the Play Store for over a year now will probably fulfill your needs just fine. Still, this is a nice addition to the mobile arsenal of all eSports aficionados and it remains to be seen whether MLG’s main competitors will follow in its footsteps and start offering a more convenient way of taking an in-depth look at the rapidly growing sport. Naturally, this primarily refers to the recently launched YouTube Gaming program, as well as Twitch TV.