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07/15/21: DreamHack finalizes the great Beyond; EVO’s next Vegas trip; Food winners

Medias First Morning Read Thursday July 15, 2021 Good morning! This is your weekly Esports Brief. DreamHack finalized experiential plans for the upcoming all-digital, at-home, interactive experience DreamHack Beyond, which runs July 24-31 and offering fansfeature themed worlds, 20+ festival halls, game demos, hourly tournaments (including Hearthstone and Rocket League), the first DreamHack Battle of the Bands, cosplay competitions, panels, screenings, speed-running, tabletop competitions and more. Screening partners will include Crunchyroll. Hi-YAH!, and Shudder. Additional activities will include a the first ever digital B@YOC WAN PARTY in the Ultra Dome as well as a digital Expo Hall, an Indie Playground and the Student Game Showcase.

“The goal for all of us at DreamHack is to provide great experiences for our fans, which have traditionally thrived by bringing communities together for these shared and beloved festivals all around the globe,” said Marcus Lindmark, President DreamHack, SVP Project and Event Operations at ESL Gaming. “DreamHack Beyond was created to both complement and showcase the best of DreamHack in a fresh, new way because we are more than an event — DreamHack creates an arena where you can come to connect, explore, win, play a part, and be yourself through a gaming lifestyle experience.”

In addition, Dreamhack named Full Sail University as an educational partner for the festival where Full Sail University will produce multiple educational panels and streaming events COMPETITION Evo cemented its ties to Las Vegas, announcing that Evo 2021 continues this November 27-28 with a new global competition featuring winners from the regional online events. Under new ownership, the company will debut Evo 2021 Showcase in a move to crown a Champion of Champions. In total, 40 of the world’s best fighters will battle in-person at Las Vegas venue UFC APEX. With $125,000 in total prizes, titles will include Guilty Gear -Strive; Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate; Skullgirls 2nd Encore; Street Fighter V: Champion Edition; and TEKKEN 7. Each game will have two champions from each participating Evo region, including North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

The LCS Championships found a home for 2021, and will take place at Prudential Center in Newark on August 28 and 29. Fans and press will be able to attend an LCS event for the first time since the 2019 Summer Finals in Detroit. The event will also serve as its first LAN event since our 2019 Summer Finals in Detroit. Before the matches begin each day, the LCS will be hosting an outdoor pre-game Fan Fest experience for ticket holders. Held in Championship Plaza and along Mulberry Street, fans can expect food, games and merch from LCS teams and partners.

Nerd Street Gaming is being tapped, in collaboration with Wisdom Gaming, to serve as the official tournament and broadcast operators for Riot Games’ League of Legends: Wild Rift: Summoner Series. The pair will oversee registration, design, operations, and production of the tournament from July to October and mark Nerd Street’s first venture into mobile gaming tournaments. The tournament will consist of qualifier rounds, a last chance qualifier, and a championship tournament taking place in October.

Gen.G and all women’s VALORANT community Galorants cemented a strategic partnership for a series of VCT Game Changers Academy Tournaments, presented by Gen.G. “When we first launched Galorants in June of 2020, we had no idea the journey that it would take us on. Since then, we have worked with some of the biggest names in gaming, including Riot Games, to continue to develop and encourage growth within our community,” says Nicci Barker, founder of Galorants and Gen.G’s Talent Development Ambassador. “With this partnership with Gen.G, we hope to continue to support and grow the gaming scene for women with a full schedule of events through the end of the year.”

Esports Business Summit is coming at you fast, bigger and better than ever! While we continue to roll out announcements over the next few weeks involving an incredible array of speaker, parties, experiences and more, we are also launching a forum just for EBS attendees, both veteran and new! The Esports Business Communityis where the EBS population expand their network with new connections and engage in discussions with peers and esports leaders. So level up your game: join the community now. STREAM HATCHET TRENDS Over the last few years, food brands have noticed the power of live streaming and, more notably, the influencers that draw in loyal viewers time and time again. As noted in Stream Hatchet’s recent Brands report, sponsored video game live streams have increased 98% since 2020, highlighting the shift away from traditional media channels. Here are some key insights about food brands leveraging on Twitch:
· Chipotle generated 83K Twitch chat mentions during June. Announced in June, Chipotle, along with Ally Bank, are the first brands to become part of Twitch’s Official Marketing Partners program for /twitchgaming.
· McDonald’s procured the most Twitch chat mentions last month with 325K. During this month, McDonald’s ran an ad on Twitch featuring popular Twitch streamers itshafu and dogdog that helped create more mentions across Twitch.
· Hot Pockets had 31K Twitch chat mentions in June. Back in March, NRG Esports and Hot Pockets signed a partnership deal that involved branded content for both esports and streamers across Twitch and social media, likely leading to increased engagement on Twitch. SPONSORSHIP & ACTIVATION TimTheTatman is joining team HyperX, signing on as the latest global brand ambassador to join the brand. .As a HyperX Hero and ambassador, Betar will participate in a variety of HyperX brand storylines and marketing activities, including virtual streams and developing original content creation. As a HyperX brand ambassador, Betar will receive the HyperX Hero’s treatment, including his own hero illustration inspired by his gaming persona. He joins a line-up of internationally recognized talent on the HyperX roster, including football player JuJu Smith-Schuster, basketball player Gordon Hayward, ice hockey player Filip Forsberg, international soccer player Dele Alli, professional race car driver Sage Karam, and more than 25 global streamers and influencers in the HyperX family.

Call of Duty League team Minnesota Røkkr signed a multiyear deal with USAA as the team’s Official Insurance and Military Appreciation Partner. As part of this new multi-year agreement, USAA and Røkkr will launch Røkkr Regiment, offering special offerings and unique experiences. USAA will be the first-ever partner of Minnesota Røkkr to appear on both the teams’ in-game and Røkkr will also host a USAA-sponsored Call of Duty: Warzone tournament for military service members and produce USAA-sponsored, fan-facing content and in-broadcast segments during Røkkr’s match-day programming.

OverActive Media named Bud Light as the official beer partner of its Call of Duty League franchise, Toronto Ultra, with the activation focusing on custom content creation that includes a player-focused social media campaign as well as collaborations between fans and players. In addition, the partnership will also see both entities collaborate to create a limited-edition playoff beer can that will be designed and sold to celebrate Toronto Ultra’s playoff run through the CDL Championship.

National CineMedia, the largest cinema advertising network in the US, and Harena Data, a esports community aggregator, entered into an exclusive esports advertising and content monetization agreement. As part of the new deal, NCM will have the exclusive right to sell advertising across Harena Data’s ad-supported esports content and events in the United States, including in movie theaters, on streaming media, and in place-based locations such as bars, restaurants, and family entertainment venues. NCM will also work with Harena Data to develop content licensing deals and create new spheres of distribution for its esports content and gaming events. CYNOPSIS 2021 RESOURCE CENTER
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DouYu International Holdings Limited announced that the State Administration for Market Regulation of the People’s Republic of China posted an announcement of its decision to prohibit the proposed merger between HUYA Inc. and DouYu following SAMR’s antitrust review, nixing the proposed deal to combine the companies.

YouTube unveiled new features on its platform that includes an expansion of its clipping tool as well as the introduction of subscriber-only chats and polls for all streamers.

Engine Media Holdings announced that its subsidiary, Frankly Media, entered into a partnership with Esports Media, a multimedia company that powers the news outlet Frankly Media drives digital content monetization for esports, news, and lifestyle publishers through its advertising solutions, services, and technologies and will allow Frankly to provide expert guidance and day-to-day management to monetize Esports Media’s digital properties including the news outlet through direct and programmatic advertising. Christian Bishop, Esports Media’s Founder, commented, “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Frankly and be able to work with its experienced management team. There are a lot of great publications in esports working hard to build a sustainable business. This partnership, along with previously announced partnerships with Midnite and Razer, will play a critical role in our ability to scale up our content creation across the board and create new innovative content for our community.”

New sports platform Arcadia is blending the athleticism of traditional sport and the possibilities of the digital world where players become the avatars and directly control movement and progress by running, jumping, pushing and sliding. The experience features 2-10 players competing in the world’s largest, multiplayer VR arena, measuring 10,000 square feet. Later this year, Arcadia will open the search for its first-ever pro athletic gamers via a six-city tour called the Arcadia Trials.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the nation’s oldest historically black athletic conference, partnered with Stay Plugged IN (SPIN), a Charlotte-based esports recruiting platform geared towards helping esports athletes find college scholarships. The CIAA and SPIN will work together to develop community recruiting opportunities focused on promoting esports scholarships for high school and transfer students that serve as a pipeline for CIAA institutions working to establish and maintain their esports programs. TEAMS 100 Thieves and Gucci are pairing up for a capsule collection. In a Twitter post by 100 Thieves, the collaboration appears to feature items like jerseys, rugby shirts and zip-up hoodies in Gucci’s luxury style codes. The Gucci x 100 Thieves capsule collection will drop exclusively for users with a registered MY GUCCI account on July 19.

Sweden’s Ninjas in Pyjamas merged with a Chinese org to launch a new entity,according to Reuters. NIP agreed to merge via equity swap with ESV5, which counts China’s video game streaming site DouYu, anti-virus firm Qihoo 360 and late Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho’s son Mario Ho among its investors.

Beasley Esports, owner of the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws, is gassing up The Search For The Next Rocket League Team, a unique competition to find and sign their first Rocket League team. Competition begins with two Qualifiers and Broadcasts produced in tandem with PAX Online during the weekends of July 17 and Aug. 7. Beasley Esports will narrow down its selection to the Top 16 Teams followed by a Final Four Series of Best-of-X Sets which will all take place the weekend of August 21 & 22. The winning team may be awarded a contract worth up to $15,000 per month with Beasley Esports as the organization’s official entry into the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) this Fall. The open qualifier and tournament series will be broadcast on PAX Arena’s Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook as well as the Houston Outlaws Twitch and YouTube channels.

Nets Gaming Crew teamed up with HBCU Gaming to educate students on different career opportunities that exist within the esports industry. NetsGC is the first professional esports team to work with HBCU Gaming, and throughout the program, HBCU students will be given the opportunity to compete in an intramural esports league and join weekly panel events with NetsGC and other industry executives to learn more about esports as a profession.

CLG revealed plans for the teams second annual Junior CLG Virtual Summer Camp, spanning over three weeks. This year’s camps will push campers to engage in creative projects, develop skills, learn healthy habits, and get a behind-the-scenes look at esports from our professional players, staff, and industry experts. In collaboration with the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF), the camps are offered as three weeks of one-hour sessions and a single day Valorant Bootcamp.

Allied Esports Entertainment announced the resignation of CEO Frank Ng. The Company’s Board of Directors also announced the immediate appointment of Libing Wu, who will assume the roles of CEO, President and General Counsel of Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. Wu was previously an Independent Director on the Company’s Board. READYUP GAMES OF THE WEEK LOOKING TO HIRE A MEDIA PRO?

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