Competitive VR esports are becoming more popular in English and Asian-speaking countries, but there’s a need for outreach to speakers of other languages. In October 2016, one group decided to develop a platform specifically for speakers of their native language so they created eGamesVR for Spanish speakers in Spain and Latin America.
As part of their goal to introduce virtual reality to throughout these regions, eGamesVR hosts tournaments, has a YouTube show, and participates in events where they can meet other gamers who might be interested in playing and competing in VR.
Tournaments occur on a regular basis and eGamesVR has featured titles such as First Contact Entertainment Inc.’s Zero Hour Firewall as well as Sony Interactive Entertainment’s WipEout and Farpoint. Lengths of tournaments vary and could last a few weeks or up to three months. There are also weekend tournaments based on user demand.
Some tournaments are ongoing, such as Dirt Rally. There’s an unlimited number of competitors in this ongoing competition and players can join any time. Here’s how it works:
- There’s a series of tests scheduled and players sign up for those.
- Each test has a point classification system.
- Results of each test are posted so players see how they compare to other racers.
- Players are encouraged to participate in tests to see if they can reach the top three racers.
Creed: Rise to Glory
Registration is currently open for Survios’ Creed: Rise to Glory. Competition will begin on December 15 and last four weeks. There are a limited number of spaces, so register soon if you’re interested.
In addition to VR esports competitions, eGamesVR is reaching members of the Spanish-speaking communities through their YouTube show, QueTal Hoy. The show features interviews with developers, YouTube personalities, and other ambassadors in the VR ecosystem.
According to Jonathan Alfonso, marketing manager for eGamesVR, they currently “only organize events for Spanish-speaking users,” but in 2020 they hope to enter the European and American market.
In addition, the league currently caters to PlayStation VR users so all the competitions take place on PSVR, but Alfonso states that they are already planning to organize competitions with the Oculus Quest so they’re developing relationships with people in Quest communities. There will be more information about Quest and possibly PC VR tournaments after the first of the year.
Although the league is still relatively small, it’s encouraging to see community members around the globe stepping up to welcome people into VR communities and encouraging them to participate in VR esports competitions.
If you’re a native Spanish-speaker or know of anyone who could benefit from this information, please share the following social media links so they can connect with the players and leaders at eGamesVR.