Developers Midjiwan AB has revealed a new 5-year deal with global esports platform Challengermode to develop the competitive side of The Battle of Polytopia. Joining forces with an esport giant like this shows that Midijiwan is taking serious steps to break into competitive gaming.

The Battle of Polytopia is a turn-based civilization strategy game that places you in control of growing your own army and city, with the aim of beating all enemy tribes and eventually controlling the entire map. Part of its popularity comes from the fact you can play this game offline, however, Midijiwan is clearly looking to improve its online presence with this move.

Challengermode will be providing Midijiwan with its automated tournament technology to help The Battle of Polytopia be more organised and open competitively for its players across all platforms. This technology will allow competitors to browse, play and see tournament results from within the app itself, without needing any third party services.

It will be interesting to see just what elements of Challengermodes extensive toolkit will be implemented into the game. Such mechanics as Live Games will put a very different spin on the strategy game. Whilst most turns of a civilization game can take a while as the controller plans, Live Games will slap a 1-minute timer on turns, forcing a lot more forethought and speedrunning to the game, completely flipping the usual pace of these games.

On the deal, Midijiwans General Manager, Christian Lovstedt, said “We welcome Challengermode’s esports expertise in bringing the competitive side of The Battle for Polytopia to a wider audience than ever before, and look forward to working closely with them in this endeavor.”

To get some practice in before the tournaments start in earnest, download The Battle for Polytopia from the App Store and Google Play now.

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