A recent announcement made public that the Global Poker Index is moving into a new territory.
Alexandre Dreyfus, the man behind the GPI, issued a press release stating that the company is adding new features to the ranking system.
By including other games like Hearthstone and Dota, the company is getting involved in the esports industry in its own way.
A compelling service in the gaming world
The Global Poker Index is a ranking system for live poker players. The index ranks 450,000 live tournament poker players in the world. GPI updates its rankings on a weekly basis.
The main source of data is The Hendon Mob, the biggest poker database.
GPI works with over 1,400 tournaments organizers in 97 countries. In doing so, the company has become an authority-like figure in competitive live tournament poker results and player rankings. However, the ongoing growth of esports and the mixture between online poker and competitive gaming has changed the game.
The company now looks to expand its skills into new areas.
The new vision is to transform the current GPI into the Gaming Player Index – the Competitive Gaming Ranking Authority.
“We’d serve the same role across games as we have done for poker, aggregating and ranking players across games. Crunching the numbers and offering a full image of the competitive landscape in each game,” said Dreyfus.
Online poker industry facing ongoing erosion
As innovations, disruption, and non “poker only” competitive offers become more pervasive, the online poker scene is becoming more challenging.
“We see trends towards both from within our own audience as well as the people we interact with in gaming and in the media industry, that digital competitive gaming is growing steadily while traditional online poker is facing a continued downturn.
The newest generation of players simply don’t find online poker appealing as a product – it hasn’t changed in 15 years and from their perspective (especially when compared to real time strategy games like Hearthstone or etc.), isn’t nearly as much fun.”
With these new features, the company hopes to bring the esports community and the online poker scene closer together.
“We believe that in the long run this will help bridge player communities across games while also helping to grow the game of poker. We’ve seen so many similarities and so many converging paths between players from these communities that it’s only the natural way forward for us,” Dreyfus remarked.
Diversification to esports is a forward path
The company hopes to capitalize on the recent exponential growth of esports. By executing the necessary changes, GPI could become the name for all competitive games.
“While poker has a very limited amount of ‘game publishers’ (if they can even be called that), the traditional video game industry and esports market has a much broader wealth of partners to work with, creating a healthy ecosystem to grow our initiatives,” Dreyfus noted.
A new ranking system tailored to a wide variety of esports titles could make the industry even more interesting. Additionally, established esports industry members would benefit from having a clear overview of current player rankings.