Finnish telecommunications company Elisa, device maker OnePlus and cloud gaming pioneer Hatch have teamed up to host a first ever esports tournament over next generation %G mobile networks in cities across Finland from January to March.
The trio hosted the world’s first casual esports tournament over a 5G network last December. Now the Elisa 5G Liiga tour goes on the road, taking place in cities where Elisa has a 5G network, including Tampere, Jyväskylä, Turku and Helsinki, with OnePlus providing players with the latest top-spec devices.
“This is the first eSports tournament in Finland open to all that you can play over 5G,” says Elisa Viihde’s Mika Lepistö. “It’s a good idea to come and play at our locations onsite to experience all that 5G allows. The fastest 5G-enabled connections and ultra-low latency change the user experience for gamers completely.”
“We have been supporting mobile gaming in Finland for almost a year together with Elisa,” adds OnePlus country manager Tuomas Lampen. “So it is natural to continue working together in 2019 as our latest devices get more efficient and even faster for gamers.”
“Hatch is the world’s first service for playing premium games on mobile instantly over streaming, with no downloads or installations,” says Hatch marketing head Lassi Nummi. “You can play all kinds of games on Hatch, so the tournament is aimed at players who might want to compete but don’t have any esports experience. We’re excited to work together with Elisa Viihde on bringing players a new type of gaming experience over 5G.”
Tour finals will be held at LanTrek in Tampere from 28 February to 3 March, with Elisa Viihde Sport to broadcast the competition to subscribers in 4K.
Players can qualify for the finals by participating in person at one of the tour events or by playing from home via the Hatch app. Finland’s popular YouTubers Santtu and Niko will also be joining the tournament to play and meet with fans.
Get the full Elisa 5G Liiga schedule and further details right here (in Finnish).