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Nokia is hosting the first-ever Esports event via Wi-Fi technology: the Nokia Apex Legends Invitational Tournament

By Vaseline May30,2024

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Nokia is hosting the first-ever Esports event via Wi-Fi technology: the Nokia Apex Legends Invitational Tournament

  • Nokia Wi-Fi Beacon facilitates the first-ever Apex Legends Invitational Esports via Wi-Fi charity tournament.
  • Nokia provides world-class connectivity to communities around the world, allowing players to compete and excel in the global gaming scene.
  • Esports gamers use the Nokia Beacon to connect and compete wirelessly in the Apex Legends game, showcasing its near-deterministic latency and Ethernet-like performance.

May 30, 2024
Sunnyvale, California – Nokia today announced that it is partnering with several leaders in the eGaming industry, including SCUF and Oversight Esports, to host the Nokia Apex Legends Invitation Tournament. This is the first ever Esports event to use Wi-Fi instead of Ethernet-based connectivity. The charity event will see twenty teams of professional and amateur players from around the world compete via Wi-Fi.

Nokia’s Wi-Fi Beacon 10, built on the Qualcomm® Networking Pro Series platforms, integrates unique latency and queuing technology to give service providers a powerful Wi-Fi gateway solution that rivals any commercial and retail device on the market. For customers, the Beacon provides the ultimate end-user experience, with gaming-level latency that optimizes performance.

All participants in the Apex Challenge tournament will receive Nokia’s Beacon Wi-Fi gateway, custom SCUF controllers and a cloud gaming subscription. Players will install the gateway themselves in their home to establish the Wi-Fi connection needed to access the game. Once online, gamers play in a ‘hide and seek’ style event.

The event will be streamed live by participants on multiple platforms such as Twitch, Kick, It also features a freestyle rap performance from Harry Mack, a world-renowned rapper who will create an original song on the spot during the event. The winners of the tournament will receive a total reward of $25,000, which will be distributed to a charity of their choice.

Edwin Jung, CEO of Oversight Esports, said: “I never thought something like this would be possible. When you’re a gamer, every millisecond counts and lag spikes can often mean the difference between winning and losing. That is mainly why most gamers opt for a wired connection when playing or competing. Nokia is literally changing the game, with Wi-Fi technology that can meet the bandwidth and consistent latency requirements we need to be competitive.”

Ganesh Swaminathan, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Infrastructure and Networking, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said: “We are excited to partner with Nokia and other industry leaders to host the first-ever Esports event via Wi-Fi technology with the Nokia Apex Legends Invitational Tournament. Qualcomm Networking Pro Series platforms power Nokia’s Beacon portfolio of Wi-Fi 6, 6E and 7 devices, delivering deterministic Wi-Fi latency and the superior stability essential for gaming enthusiasts with their service-defined architecture. This event showcases the power of Wi-Fi in delivering a seamless and high-performing gaming experience and highlights the transformative potential of Nokia’s Beacon technology.”

Gino Dion, Head of Innovation Solutions at Nokia, said: “Organizing an Esports event like this, specifically aimed at professional players playing over Wi-Fi, was long considered impossible. Today we show that it is possible. Our Beacon 10 device is a game changer, allowing service providers to offer advanced Wi-Fi gaming, latency and performance management features that compete with other devices on the market. We are excited to partner with EA Sports and other gaming industry leaders like Oversight Esports and SCUF to deliver this first tournament-style event over Wi-Fi.”

For NoaNet (Northwest Open Access Network), Washington State’s premier public fiber broadband network, premium Wi-Fi experiences delivered by products like the Nokia Beacon are essential to enable additional revenue-generating services.

John Smith, Chief Technology Officer at NoaNet, said: “Getting high-capacity fiber access to our customers’ homes and businesses in the Pacific Northwest is only half the battle. We also need to make sure they have reliable, high-performing WiFi coverage throughout the home. Nokia’s world-class Beacon technology is a prime example of this, and for some it is literally changing the game, allowing those living in rural areas to compete effectively with professional gamers from around the world in competitive Esports such as Apex Legends.

More about the Nokia Apex Legends Invitational Tournament

  • The Apex Legends tournament takes place on May 31st at 10 a.m. PST and streamed live on Twitch, Kick, X, and YouTube channels
  • The first ever Nokia Apex Legends Invitational Tournament will feature 20 teams consisting of 3 players per team. The roster will consist of 10 professional and 10 amateur teams from around the world, including teams representing North American aboriginal and LGBQT+ communities. After four exciting games have been played on different maps, one ‘Hiding’ team will be crowned the winner based on the total number of points they have collected, as well as one ‘Predator’ from the SCUF predator team based on the total number of eliminations collected .
  • Tournament winnings are donated to a charity of the team’s choice

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