07/18/19: ESL added two more years to its partnership with MTN DEW AMP


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ESL is serving up MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL as its Official Global Beverage Partner for all major global events in the ESL ecosystem, courtesy of a new deal, that includes ESL One, IEM and Pro League and running through 2020. In addition, the deal will see the sponsorship activate in a post-match broadcast segment, the MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL Power Plays. MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL sponsors both flagship circuit events, Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) and ESL One, as well as Pro League, the premier professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) league, through 2020.  “We have a deep-rooted, collaborative relationship with Mountain Dew and adding MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL, a drink designed for gaming, as our Official Global Beverage Partner is a natural fit,” said Paul Brewer, Senior Vice President of Brand Partnerships, ESL North America. “Building on our joint success, product integration and custom content will create new ways for us to engage fans all over the world.”

With home games in the cards for its third season, Overwatch League mapped out a slate of changes that will occur in its schedule in 2020, including a realignment of its divisions. The Atlantic Conference will now see a North Division comprising the Boston Uprising, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Paris Eternal, and Toronto Defiant. The South Division will house the Atlanta Reign, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, Philadelphia Fusion, and Washington Justice. The Pacific Conference, meanwhile, sees an East Division made up of the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty, while the West Division features the Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Valiant, Los Angeles Gladiators, San Francisco Shock, and Vancouver Titans. Scheduling will see 52 homestand weekend events hosted at venues across the world, with each team hosting a pair. On top of those, teams in each division will also collectively host three additional regular-season events in their home territories and play 28 matches over the course of the regular season.
Evo announced its final player registration numbers for this year’s event, with 14,321 signing up for participating in the fighting game fest next month. Event founder Joey Cuellar made the announcement, which easily bests last year’s tally of 11,473 with seven of its nine featured games drawing at least a thousand participants. Entries were topped by Smash. Bros. Ultimate, which drew 3,492 contenders, with Street Fighter V taking second at 1,929. Rounding out the list were Tekken 7 at 1,885, Samurai Shodown at 1,719, Mortal Kombat 11 with 1,567, UNIST at 1,156, Dragon Ball FighterZ at 1,191, Soul Calibur 6 at 742 and BBTAG at 640.
ESL is giving the Intel Grand Slam an overhaul for its third season. With the prize pool unchanged at $1 million for a team that wins four tournament that are part of the Intel Grand Slam circuit, the org is now adding that one of those victories needs to take place at either IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne or a Major in order to lay claim to the haul. IEM Chicago launches this week to open the third season of the Intel Grand Slam.
Microsoft is looking to elevate the esports scene for Gears 5, tapping the services of tournament organizer PGL to oversee the 2019-2020 season. The deal sees PGL partner with The Coalition to operate an online Pro League, amateur tournaments, international major championships, and World Championship to conclude the season. The 2019-20 season will begin in September when the game is released with top teams from North America, Central America, and Europe able to qualify for the online Gears 5 Pro League, with all Pro League teams provided travel to major tournaments.
Meanwhile, the League of Legends European Championship updated its viewership stats at the halfway point for Summer, reporting record-breaking viewership during the period. In the first three weeks of Summer alone, LEC saw a 37% uptick in viewers over last year, bringing up the Average Minute Audience each week to 136,000, marking the Riot’s most-watch Summer Split since 2015 for the conference.
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Hi-Rez detailed plans for the 2019 SMITE World Championship, taking place in Nov. with a return to DreamHack Atlanta as part of the Hi-Rez Expo. The SMITE World Championship Placement Round will run Nov. 4-8 on the publisher’s official channels, with the top two teams who survive the Placement Round continuing on to compete against the top six SPL teams in the playoff bracket during Hi-Rez Expo at DreamHack Atlanta 2019 and a winner crowned on Nov. 17.
Summoners War publisher and developer Com2uS is tapping the services of OGN to produce the third annual Summoners War Championships. Preliminary rounds will kick in on July 13 leading into the top players from North American and South America competing in the Americas Cup in LA on Aug. 31, with players moving on with competitors from the Asia-Pacific Cup and Europe Cup to the Summoners War Championships 2019 World Finals in Paris on Oct. 26.
The World Showdown of Esports detailed plans to host the seventh WSOE event: The Tekken 7 & SoulCalibur VI Showdown on July 27 at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort and Casino starting at 10a PT. The event WSOE’s first entry into the fighting game arena, with a single-day, double-elimination format. Each game title will have seven invited competitors and one qualifier to be determined during the West Coast qualifying competitions on July 10 (SoulCalibur VI) and July 17 (Tekken 7).

As part of Amazon Prime Day, Twitch leveraged its partnership with the e-commerce giant through the sponsored campaign, “Twitch Sells Out”. The product demo/game show featured some of the platforms top influencers including: Pokimane, Jericho, TimTheTatman and others. Our latest case study focuses on the activations viewership and chat engagement tracking 1/2M hours watched of sponsored Prime Day content. Here are the key insights:
  • “Twitch Sells Out” takes 2nd place to Twitch’s top Influencer: Shroud generated 109.4k more H. Watched, with an Average Minute Audience 3 times greater than the Twitch Presents channel.
  • “Twitch Sells Out” leads in New Viewers and Engagement: Twitch Presents generated 3.5 times more New Views than the other top channels combined, and 2.1 times more chat messages than the sample average.
  • Twitch Chat Engagement Spotlight: Although “Twitch Prime” generated 63.7k more mentions than “Prime Day”, “Prime Day” shines in meaningful engagement with 21.3k unique chatters.
For more insights and analysis, including an audience sentiment analysis of the top topics, visit our blog at: Blog.StreamHatchet.com.

ESL announced a partnership with Gamers Outreach, a charity organization dedicated to providing gaming equipment, technology, and software to help children and teenagers cope with treatments in hospitals. The alliance comes as part of ESL’s new “Gaming for Good” initiative where the two orgs will launch an awareness, fundraising, exhibition, and integrated campaign in conjunction with IEM Chicago next week on July 20-21, and then continuing on with various ESL events in the future.
Wendy’s is once again activating on Twitch, this time to help gamers celebrate Baconfest. Today will see the brand offer deals that include a free Baconator with a special code that will be revealed during the livestreamed activation.
Republic of Gamers by ASUS announced that the company will serve as the official hardware sponsor of EXP, the esports gaming series created by ESPN, which saw its summer tournaments launch last week with a Pro-Am Apex Legends Exhibition. “We’re thrilled to have ROG as a key sponsor of our first-ever EXP esports event series,” said Kevin Lopes, director of business development, ESPN. “Together, we’re able to serve both the athletes and fans with a unique and high quality playing and viewing experience, and we look forward to continue doing so for the next two events at The ESPYS and X Games.”
HyperX cemented a partnership with Red Bull esports tournaments and events in 2019, beginning with the Red Bull Rise Till Dawn event in Chicago tomorrow. HyperX will serve as the exclusive supplier of headsets, keyboards, mice, mouse pads, DRAM and SSD for the 2019 Red Bull esports tournaments and events. HyperX will also be providing products for the Red Bull Esports Arena in Santa Monica and providing products to Red Bull athletes and key players.
Wix.com is partnering with FaZe Clan to become the team’s official website development and design partner. Wix and FaZe Clan will create opportunities for fans through integrated social and digital content with Wix branding set to be featured on the official FaZe Clan team shirt, and will serve as an official supporter of FaZe Clan’s Professional Fortnite team. The partnership officially kicks off with the release of the official Fortnite Team website:
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Twitter unveiled its most-mentioned esports teams, events and athletes for the first half of 2019, as Rishi Chadha delivered the rankings. The most discussed team globally on the platform is FaZeClan, followed by Tea Liquid, G2 Esports, and 100 Thieves. The most talked about esports athletes – @TTfue, @OpTic_Scumper, @TSM_Leffen, @LiquidHbox and @OpTic_Crimsix. Finally, the most discussed esports events were led by IEM Katowice, MSI 2019, CWL Anaheim, the Opening Weekend of Overwatch League and CWL London.
Riot’s LCS locked in a new streaming partner, adding Caffeine to its arsenal. Fans of the League of Legends org will be able to stream and live host the official LCS program every weekend through the remainder of the 2019 Summer Split regular season, as well as the playoffs and finals. “As our audience continues to grow and evolve, we’re excited to bring the LCS to new platforms and distribution channels ensuring our fans are able to watch the broadcast on their preferred devices,” said Matt Archambault, Head of Esports Partnerships and Business Development for North America at Riot Games. “We’ve seen demand from our community around new streaming platforms and we’re excited to work with Caffeine to see what engaging content our community and aspiring shoutcasters will be able to create with our broadcasts.”
Chinese video streaming platform DouYu’s public debut on the stock exchange marks the biggest Wall Street debut by a Chinese company so far this year, according to CNN. DouYu, backed by Chinese tech giant Tencent began trading on the Nasdaq on Wednesday under the ticker symbol “DOYU” with the company looking to raise about $775 million through the share sale.
ESRevolution’s ESR channel is set to join XUMO as its first esports channel. XUMO, which offers 160+ channels available in over 35 million U.S. households via a premium multi-screen distribution network of smart TVs, mobile, web, and streaming devices, will see the new ESR channel feature live and on-demand programming across the entire range of esports, including tournaments, live events, match highlights, reality shows, docuseries and talk shows.

The clock is ticking on Echo Fox dealing with an investor who was found to be in violation of league rules for his alleged racist remarks. LCS is now extending its 60-day deadline to remove the investor by another week. “On May 15, the LCS directed Echo Fox to take appropriate corrective action within 60 days to remove those individuals whose actions have violated League rules and agreements. Based on our ongoing discussions with Echo Fox, we are extending our deadline for compliance by seven days,” the league posted on its Twitter account.
100 Thieves locked up its Series B funding round, raising $35 million for the team. Investment was led by Artist Capital Management with Josh Dienstag, its Chief Investment Officer, joining 100 Thieves’ board of directors. In addition, the round included investment from Aglaé Ventures. 100 Thieves will leverage the capital to fund esports, apparel, and content.
RFRSH Entertainment is reportedly poised to break from the company’s two competitive brands, Astralis and Origin, which are now operating under a newly-formed company with the moniker RFRSH Teams. Reports state that negotiations are now underway for majority shares owned by people in RFRSH Entertainment to be acquired by RFRSH Teams and that the two companies will be operated independently before the StarLadder Berlin Major on Aug. 23.

Sneaker brand K-Swiss and global esports and gaming organization Immortals Gaming Club announced the official launch of the first esports performance shoe: the ONE-TAP. To debut the collaboration, the limited-edition shoe showcases MIBR, IGC Esports’ Counter-Strike: Global Offensive brand, styled in MIBR team colors of black and silver, with the wordmark on the front of the shoe, and the Brazilian crest on the foldable heel. Limited pairs of the MIBRONE-TAP are now available on kswiss.com/mibr and tout comfort, versatility and temperature control for players.
N3rd Street Gamers added $1.5 million in funding this week that will be leveraged to Philadelphia Business Journal. The $1.5 million, along with another $2.57 million investment from February, is part of a larger $10 million series A fundraising round, with plans to open esports arenas in “core regions,” and around 300 similar locations over the next 10 years.
Sports merchandising company We Are Nations continues to prop up its roster of esports team partners, entering deals with European squads OG and North. We Are Nations will serve as the official clothing partner for both teams, including producing and selling apparel and merchandise collections.
GameStop mapped out plans to to revamp its physical stores and is partnering with design firm R/GA to “focus on creating unique in-store experiences” that will make shopping at GameStop a more interactive experience with a heavy dose of esports, per MCVUK. GameStop says it will be “piloting new and streamlined physical store concepts”, such as esports areas that “offer competitive sessions in home-grown e-Leagues”, as well as “locations that sell strictly retro gaming software and hardware.”


ReKTGlobal is shoring up its executive ranks, adding Michael “ODEE” O’Dell as Chief Gaming Officer. In addition, the company announced that Kevin Knocke had been promoted to Chief Creative Officer. O’Dell joins after serving as GM of Dignitas, which he founded in in 2003. In his new role, O’Dell will work across ReKTGlobal, its Riot Games League of Legends European Championship franchise in Berlin and subsidiaries Rogue and Greenlit Content, developing strategy, forging client partnerships and brand sponsorships, and working with the organizational heads to add value globally.
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