Reliance Jio Enters Indian Esports With Free Fire Tournament

Reliance Jio took its first steps into Indian esports by announcing a Free Fire tournament called the Jiomart Gamethon. The company set up an esports division more than a year ago but this is the first public announcement of a plan in the sector. The tournament will tie in with Diwali celebrations in India, the largest festival in the country. This is the first in a series of esports events that are to be conducted on the JioGames platform. 

The tournament will be conducted over three days from Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, and will be broadcast live via JioTV on the JioEsportsHD channel, as well as on YouTube. While there isn’t an allotted prize pool, winners will be awarded prizes from JioMart. 

Reliance Jio is one of the largest network providers in India and one of the giants in the electronics and tech space in the country. While its entry into esports has been in the cards for a long time now, this is the first reveal of one of its IPs. 

The company was also heavily linked as one of the partners PUBG Corp. was negotiating with to bring PUBG Mobile back to India, but no new information has surfaced since then. PUBG Mobile was banned by the Indian government in September.

Shounak Sengupta is a staff writer for AFK Gaming.

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