May 3, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Major League Gaming and Sony Mobile want mobile game players to do more than just shoot and destroy things when playing their favorite titles; they want players to shoot and destroy each other’s high scores.
Sony announced today that it is launching the Xperia Mobile Gaming Arena, a competitive network for select games that creates leaderboards and competitions with cash prizes. The Xperia Mobile Gaming Arena tracks player performance in a particular category – kills or wins, for instance – and then compares that against others who have entered the arena.
Gameloft’s Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is the first game to incorporate the XMGA. Players can participate by linking their MLGid and Gameloft Live ID and then start the multiplayer mode in Modern Combat 3 on any device capable of running it. Stats are automatically uploaded MLG, and the winner of the first competition running from May 3 – 20, 2012 will receive $1,000 USD. (Official rules and terms are available here.)
“The MLG community thrives on competition and with our new mobile platform, we are now enabling gamers to engage in competitive play no matter where they are,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO, MLG. “With partners like Sony Mobile and Gameloft, we are truly taking mobile gaming to a new level.”
I’m actually surprised it took Sony and MLG this long to implement a mobile-based gaming competition. This is exactly the kind of partnership that I thought would be implemented a year ago when several pros on the MLG circuit attended a private press event Verizon held for the Xperia Play at CTIA 2011. The partnership will likely expand to more games that lend themselves to competition, so head of the MLG Mobile to sign-up and get all the critical details.