Red 5 Studios is on a roll lately. Earlier today at Gamescom, they've announced that their first title, Firefall, will be supported with $1 Million in prize money in the game's first year. This is key support for a game in its infancy and will assure that as long as Red 5 keeps supporting the game, Firefall will continue to stay relevant for a long time to come.
“Red 5 is dedicated to supporting the future of eSports and we believe that creating a more compelling experience for participants and spectators will further the cause of competitive gaming”, said Morgan Romine, eSports Maven of Red 5 Studios. “The newly launched eSports Toolkit is just the tip of the iceburg. We will be supporting this initiative with our Mobile Gaming Unit this fall and providing a huge payout for elite competitive gamers in 2013”.
This announcement comes after continued refinements to the game's signature "battle frames" (read, classes) to ensure competitive balance at launch as well as the Mobile Gaming Unit, literally a tournament on wheels that will be touring this fall. And of course, the addition of the eSports toolkit for observers and broadcasters was also a welcome addition. I'm excited to see how this turns out, as things are shaping up nicely.
Dustin Steiner is GameZone's eSports Correspondent! Follow him on Twitter @VGHC_Deitis and check out Video Gaming Hard Corps, where he is a local tournament organizer for the S. FL. Fighting Game Community.