Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas: The biggest eTennis tournament is extending its international reach by launching a competition on the mobile game Tennis Clash.
- BNP Paribas returns as main partner of the event for the fifth consecutive year, while Renault becomes official partner
- Important changes for this 2022 edition of the event show the tournament’s commitment to eTennis
- The Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas have also teamed up with Women in Games France for a qualifying event, guaranteeing a place in the Grand Final to two competitors.
- In order to participate in the general public qualifiers, players must download the game and have unlocked Season 3 (Rio Tour)
The Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas, the largest and most inclusive eTennis competition in the world, today unveiled details for the fifth edition of its annual esports tournament. This year marks the move to a mobile esports format, in partnership with the world’s #1 mobile tennis video game Tennis Clash, published by Wildlife Studios. The event, organized by the French Tennis Federation (FFT), will see eight finalists from four separate qualifying events compete in a Grand Final at Roland-Garros itself on Saturday May 21 to be crowned eTennis world champions. .
To mark the fifth anniversary of the tournament, the FFT has reinforced its commitment to eTennis with a host of significant changes. This includes moving to a mobile esports format played on Tennis Clash, the world’s #1 mobile tennis video game. Published by Wildlife Studios, this game has reached 90 million downloads in 241 countries, giving more eTennis enthusiasts the opportunity to participate in the tournament. To attract players, the emblematic Philippe-Chatrier court will be recreated for all tournament matches. They will also have the opportunity to buy Roland-Garros strings to improve their character’s performance via the Tennis Clash store.
“Given the global popularity of Tennis Clash, it makes sense that this game is selected for the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas,” said Barak Shaked, Game Director for Tennis Clash, “we are honored to have been chosen for this prestigious tournament and we are proud of this partnership. »
This year also brings changes to the format of the event, with four qualifying competitions giving eight players the chance to play in the Grand Final at Roland-Garros. To further increase participation and diversity, the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas teamed up with Women in Games (WiG) France for a qualification event reserved for women. Women in Games, a non-profit organization that provides support for women in the gaming industry, has a global network of over 50,000 members across 53 countries around the world. The partnership is designed to encourage more women to participate in the tournament and guarantees two female competitors the chance to compete in the Grand Final.
Alongside the WiG France qualifying tournament, a qualifying competition will take place organized in partnership with XP School (The International Esports & Gaming School). The last phase of these two qualifying events will take place on Thursday April 28, broadcast live on his Twitch channel by the French streamer Rivenzi, who has established himself as the sports reference on the platform, accompanied by LittleBigWhale and Ponce on the show. The four finalists of the two qualifications will also be offered a unique opportunity to enrich their esports experience before the Grand Final thanks to a two-day coaching session supervised by Team MCES, one of the main French professional esports clubs, in its Gaming Center. in Marseille.
In addition, the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas will host two general public qualifiers open and accessible to everyone around the world, with four additional places for the Grand Final, which will also be broadcast on Rivenzi’s Twitch channel. The first qualifying tournament will take place from Thursday April 21 to Monday April 25 and the second from Thursday April 28 to Monday May 2.
“By organizing the biggest eTennis tournament in the world with a final at Roland-Garros, the FFT is once again demonstrating its ability to create links between generations and to innovate. Mixing traditional sport and esport, developing eTennis for all, these are major challenges for our federation, which wishes to be a pioneer. We are delighted to allow players of all levels and from all walks of life to participate in this great tournament, which will also make a special place for women this year. This tournament promises to be a very good popular moment. I warmly thank our historical partner BNP Paribas and Renault, who have just joined us”. Gilles Moretton, President of the FFT.
BNP Paribas is once again the title partner of the eTennis tournament – the only eTennis competition organized by one of the four Grand Slam tournaments – demonstrating its own commitment to eTennis. Renault joins BNP Paribas as official partner of the event. The BNP Paribas and Renault brands will be visible on the virtual Philippe-Chatrier court recreated for the occasion in Tennis Clash.
“BNP Paribas is pleased to support the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas for the 5th consecutive year. The competition is now open to a wider and younger audience which facilitates the link between tennis and gaming. This year we are particularly proud to develop female gaming with the Women In Games association, an initiative that contributes to the long-term actions of BNP Paribas in favor of the technological inclusion of women through its various entities around the world. » Vincent-Baptiste Closon – BNP Paribas Responsible for partnerships, sponsorship and events.
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