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Microsoft Announces Arena on Xbox Live With EA Backing

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During Microsoft’s press conference this morning, they announced a new initiative to bring competitive gaming to a whole new level for Xbox One. That initiative is a platform called Arena on Xbox One, and it’s designed to enable players to find video game tournaments. Through the platform, you’ll be able to register and spectate, and compete.

Smite and World of Tanks were both name dropped as games that will be supported through the platform, but perhaps the most important inclusion is a partnership with EA that bring their titles to the platform.

Currently, only FIFA is confirmed to support the platform, but it’s likely that other EA franchises will follow. Madden has quickly risen to become one of the flagship eSports titles for EA Sports, so it seems likely to follow at some point, perhaps if Arena on Xbox Live is deemed to be successful.

With the rapid growth in popularity that eSports has been showing lately, particularly for sports games like NBA 2K16 which recently wrapped up a major tournament in the form of Road to the Finals.

Madden is also no stranger to tournaments, with the Madden 16 Championship currently in progress here in Los Angeles during EA Play, and will wrap up tomorrow. As for when and if we’ll see it hit Arena on Xbox Live? Who knows.

What games would you like to see make it to Arena on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to stay tuned to SGO for more E3 news.

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