Sponsored by Coca Cola, Arena Open is an esports tournament being played at Arena locations across Mexico
Montreal, Canada (September 10, 2019) – Minority Media, the award winning game studio and creator of the Chaos Jump multiplayer location based VR platform, and Gaming Partners, the company’s Latin American distributor, collaborated with Arena, the # 1 gaming center in Mexico, and a division of Cinemex, to launch Arena Open, a nationwide gaming tournament and the first one of its kind in Latin America to feature virtual reality esports competition.
Initially, the VR component of the Arena Open tournament was intended to just be one month of qualifying play in August, followed by additional competition on other video game systems. In the first four weeks of initial play there were already over 2,000 registered players, exceeding organizers expectations. 10,000 players are now expected before the conclusion of the Arena Open tournament.
“We thought it would take longer to get players involved because VR is still relatively new to the Mexican market,” noted Irving Velazquez, Director of Esports Latam at Gaming Partners Group. “We are well over the numbers we expected for participating players, it must be because Chaos Jump is fun and easy, and the games are so cool!
“We are proud to be selected by Gaming Partners and Arena for this incredibly successful initiative. This is a perfect opportunity for Minority Media to showcase the power of our Chaos Jump system”, noted Michael Zaidan, VP of business development and global sales for Minority Media. “Players are entering and learning to play with our Chaos Jump game and will then battle it out in our Reclaim! game, which is more competitive and involves the kind of strategy needed for esports.”
Arena family entertainment and esports centers are located within Cinemex theater locations, typically in shopping centers. Chaos Jump arenas are present in VR Zone areas in 9 Arena locations in six Mexican cities: CDMX (Mexico City), Puebla, Guadalajara, Cuernavaca, Metepec, and Queretaro. All in there are 13 Arenas in Mexico, with plans to open 20 more in 2019/2020.
Guests at participating Arena locations can buy a popcorn and soda combination package ($7-8) for an entry, and they also receive a commemorative cup, free with purchase. One entry gives each guest two chances to play; one game to learn Chaos Jump; and then the second game is ranked, and the players battle it out to climb the leader-board available on the Arena One website at URL. The contest is open to all ages and there are unlimited entries, but you can only enter and compete on-location.
- August: August 8th until October 26th, players are qualifying playing Chaos Jump
- September: From September 7th – September 28th – on Saturdays in September players will play the game League of Legends to qualify
- October: Players will be able to play a fighting game from October 6 – 27th; with the title to be announced at the end of September
- November: The final game will be played on November 9th in Mexico City using Minority Media’s Reclaim!. Four games will be played to determine the ultimate winner.
Semi-finalists will be flown (all expenses paid) to Mexico City to compete in the live winner takes all final battle. The Arena Open winner will be awarded a prize package worth 10K pesos (~$8,000) and the second-place finisher will win 5K pesos (~$4,000). The finals will be broadcast at 2:00 pm in Mexico on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArenaOpenEsports/ and Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arenaopenesports
The participating companies are planning to make Arena Open an annual event.