LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Global leader in live streaming, BIGO Live, announced today that it will tap into the gaming vertical in the U.S. with the launch of Gaming House 2020, where Bigo Live can provide a platform for gaming giants to access mainstream audiences typically outside of their reach.
Currently live until August 2, the initiative launched with a Bigo Live streaming tournament event hosted by Box Fighting Championship featuring a large-scale Fortnite tournament with many household names in the esport community, including The Fortnite Guy and partners at Kungarna, The Tournament scoreboard is managed by Repeat.gg,
The large-scale tournament event hosts streamers who compete in ruthless battle royales on Fortnite. Gamers that stream their Fortnite escapades on Bigo Live have a chance to win weekly prizes totaling $5,000. Well known Fortnite streamers are participating in the event including members of Kungarna, an esports organization led by The Fortnite Guy, the Internet’s premiere Fortnite streamer.
BIGO Live users can watch the event by going into the app and locating the “tournament” icon in the new Games section. Gamers and followers can interact outside of the stream using BIGO Live’s unique features that allow them to share posts, images, and videos with each other.
“It goes without saying that there is an enormous streaming community in the gaming space and BIGO Live is excited to provide another platform for streamers to broadcast on mobile and interact with their viewers at the same time,” said Mike Ong, Vice President of BIGO Technology. “It is an important milestone for BIGO Live to roll out a gaming initiative in the U.S. and to do so now when so many people need human connections during isolation. Gaming is the great unifier and the ability to stream with friends and followers on their phones creates memorable and exciting experiences without having to go anywhere.”
BIGO Live launched a pilot of this program in the U.S. in May and received nearly a half-million viewers. Featured influencer, The Fortnite Guy, garnered almost 3,000 concurrent viewers and through the course of one month managed to accumulate over 30,000 followers on BIGO Live.
“BIGO Live provides a unique opportunity for game streamers,” continued Mr. Ong. “Audiences can award them with gifts that can ultimately be transferred into real currency. Game streamers can monetize their activities simply by doing what they do best: engage with their audiences and stream all of their gaming antics.”
To participate in the tournament, game streamers will need to sign up on Repeat.gg and download the BIGO Live app. When they are ready to stream, they will need to announce it to their audiences and stream their Fortnite play for at least two hours collectively a week. Audiences can watch the tournament by logging onto the Bigo Live app and tapping the icon named “BFC” ft. Fortnite in the Games section.