The National Football League is already gearing up to celebrate its 100th season in 2019 with a year-long series of “NFL 100” events, initiatives and programming centered around fans, players and communities. A special “NFL 100” logo has been unveiled and will be prominently displayed throughout the season – during celebrations on the field, in stadiums, game broadcasts, NFL Films and NFL Network programming, and digital and social media content. In addition, the “NFL 100” logo will be featured on game balls and on every player’s game jersey in the neck area. NFL business partners will also use the logo in activations and on an array of merchandise. Among the planned celebratory programs will be NFL Media offering original programming and content to celebrate the milestone across multiple platforms.
Rovio Entertainment partnered with the Chicago Bulls to unveil the “Angry Birds Eye View Cam.” This brand-new camera angle will be featured on top of both backboards at all Chicago Bulls home games at the United Center throughout the 2018-2019 NBA season, providing dynamic live footage for fans from above the rim. By partnering with the Chicago Bulls, Rovio Entertainment has become the first Finnish sponsor of an NBA team.
Bleacher Report and Carmelo Anthony’s Crea7ive are partnering up to launch B/REAL presented by Cricket Wireless, connecting “real-life heroes with influential athletes to show that star power can be found in all of us.” The series is made up of five short films that tell the stories of inspiring young people, selected by Anthony and B/R.
The BIG EAST Conference announced plans to launch its inaugural BIG EAST Esports season on Sunday in partnership with ESL. Initially, participating colleges will compete in Psyonix’ Rocket League this fall fall 2018 with additional titles set to begin in spring 2019. Matches for the BIG EAST Esports season will be conducted online on ESL Play, with the top four teams from each game moving on to compete in the semi-finals, and then finals, to be streamed on Twitch.TV/ESL_rocketleague and the BIG EAST YouTube Channel. Schedules and results for all upcoming competitions will be available on www.BIGEASTgaming.com, as well as the esports section of www.bigeast.com.
Super League Gaming unveiled official dates and new offerings for their 2018 Fall Season. Anchored by Super League’s City Champs Tournaments, experiences will include League of Legends, Minecraft and Clash Royale for players across the country who can participate in new monthly online competitions, while players in City Club markets will battle for supremacy of City Champs. SuperLeagueTV will showcase all of the best gameplay, as well as a slate of original content series dedicated to celebrating the Super League community. The expanded set of offerings further solidifies Super League as the defining brand in the amateur esports space. Registration is available now at www.superleague.com/signup/.
N3rd Street Gamers inked a deal to occupy 18,000 square feet in Lakewood, Colorado that would serve as the state’s biggest esports arena. With the aim of attracting the largest names in the esports industry to the Rocky Mountain region, Localhost Arena will also serve as a general purpose gaming center with food, drinks, and lounge space, featuring over 120 PCs, a permanent event stage, a full-service bar, and a lounge. Its primary focus will be producing esports events and tournaments.
League of Legends player Jian “Uzi” Zihao became the first esports personality to be sponsored by Nike, courtesy of a new endorsement deal. Uzi appears with Chinese actor Bai Jingting and basketballer LeBron James in the “Dribble &” campaign promoting James’ Shut Up and Dribble series.
Tencent Games mobile hit Arena of Valor announced that this year’s International Championship will offer $600,000 in prizes, with sixteen teams competing from around the world and taking place in Thailand from Dec. 15-16. The top four teams from regionals will automatically progress to Thailand while the remaining 12 slots will be filled through qualifiers.
Spurs/Lakers on NBA TV at 10:30p.