has become a hot topic among gamers in the past year, and once-siloed platforms have begun to open up their platforms so that players in games such as , , and can play against each other in the same game, even though the players are on different platforms. We held a panel at PAX East to discuss what is driving this trend, and one of them is esports.
For esports to succeed, game publishers have to amass huge audiences, and those players have to be able to play against each other in online tournaments. It’s much easier to amass that large audience if the game can be played competitively across multiple platforms.
But historically, game platform makers haven’t supported crossplay. When Fortnite became hugely