Stardew Valley, the extremely popular farming simulator, celebrated its 3rd anniversary yesterday. To commemorate this occasion, Twitch decided to host an eSports event revolving around the game. In addition, we’ll also be seeing the game make the jump to Android.
Yesterday at noon EST, Twitch Rivals, an official eSports series designed for Twitch streamers and viewers, held a special competition featuring Stardew Valley to celebrate its 3-year anniversary. Competitors from North America and Europe grouped together into ten teams of four players and had six hours to accomplish various challenges:
- Complete the most bundles for the community center.
- Obtain the most gold.
- Reach the bottom-most floor of the mine.
- Deliver the most rare items to the Museum.
- Catch all five legendary fish.
Teams were judged based on how well they did in each category with time acting as a tiebreaker in case, for example, two teams managed to get the same amount of items for the Museum. Stardew Valley’s creator Eric Barone was invited to the stream and remarked that the game becoming an eSports title is “frankly is not something I ever expected to see.” The competition can be seen here.
Meanwhile, this 3-year anniversary is a good time to remind everyone that Stardew Valley is getting an Android port. First announced on the 14th, the game will cost $7.99 and is currently open for Google Play pre-registration. Like the iOS version, the Android version will support PC save data transfers, the ability to save when you close the app, pinch-to-zoom, and a few different control schemes. Content-wise, the game will have all the features up to 1.3 except for multiplayer.
Eric Barone also let people know in the announcement that the multiplayer update for Xbox One and PS4 owners is going well. “The Xbox update is in QA, and PS4 will follow shortly,” he reported. Both updates will release simultaneously sometime in a few months.