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Electronic Arts and Major League Soccer kicked off an extension of their long-term partnership
that designates EA SPORTS as an Official Partner of MLS and eMLS, designed to “deepen the league’s integration within EA SPORTS’ global football franchise, including FIFA 23 and beyond, to deliver the most immersive and authentic gaming experience for the millions of MLS fans, one of the youngest and most diverse fan bases in North American sports.”
For eMLS – Major League Soccer’s competitive eSports league – EA will serve as an Official Partner of eMLS League Series 1 and 2 and of eMLS Cup. Built around the EA SPORTS global football franchise, eMLS’ goal is to utilize gaming to reach global audiences, and grow its next generation of fans. The multi-year agreement will also deliver extensive opportunities for fan engagement, including social media campaigns across MLS and club channels, and co-marketing initiatives between MLS and EA.
“Major League Soccer is proud to partner with EA as they are aligned with our league’s vision to be innovative and authentic in our approach to connecting with our passionate supporters and the next generation of fans,” said Rachel Hoagland, MLS Senior Vice President of Consumer Products. “We look forward to working with EA for many years to come on creative ways to further increase our fanbase through interactivity during this incredible time of growth for MLS.”
Finally, DreamHack will go back to Atlanta, as the three-day, immersive, gaming lifestyle festival will return to the city for DreamHack Atlanta from Nov. 18-20 at the Georgia World Congress Center. “We are super excited to bring DreamHack back to the great city of Atlanta,” said Shahin Zarrabi, VP Strategy & Growth at DreamHack. “These last two years of the pandemic have been so hard for so many, but gaming has always brought communities together both online and in person. So it is especially meaningful to bring our event back to Atlanta for the first time in three years. The DreamHack experience truly has no equal — we can’t wait to once again share it with Atlanta.”
In addition, Dreamhack Sports Games announced that the DP World Tour is introducing a new eTour competition, in partnership with the leading online and mobile game World Golf Tour by Topgolf will open to players on Aug. 31. The new eTour competition has four stages, with the entire competition played on Wolf Creek Golf Course in Nevada ande culminating in a live grand finale hosted at FLOW Pavilion in Expo City, Dubai.The WGT by Topgolf platform will also feature new DP World eTour branded apparel in its virtual store from August 31 to November 30.
The next edition of Call of Duty League will open in December, according to Dexerto, which writes that “leaked internal documents” show that the first Major of the year will take run Dec. 15 -18 and also offer a Pro-Am event with the season capped by the CDL Championship Weekend from June 15-18. Previous years saw play span from Jan/Feb-Aug. with the reported schedule now syncing more closely with the launch of the new Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare 2, that is set to hit shelves on Oct. 28.
Skillshot Media and Ghost Gaming are aligning with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Film Academy, and founding partner universities across Georgia to launch the Georgia Esports League, serving as the nation’s first comprehensive statewide initiative covering esports competition, curriculum, and workforce development. The league is open to all 2-year and 4-year colleges in Georgia, and will offer numerous titles starting with Rocket League. “Esports is education,” said Todd Harris CEO of Skillshot Media and Ghost Gaming. “We’re excited to build out skill development that goes well beyond just playing games. Our partnerships in Georgia allow us to engage with students starting in middle school with STEAM exposure and social-emotional learning all the way through college competition to careers playing esports professionally, becoming a gaming creator on YouTube or Twitch, or working in the broader game and digital entertainment industry behind the scenes as a programmer, artist or designer.”
The NBA 2K League announced that the second annual NBA 2K League All-Star presented by Google Pixel will be held in Los Angeles at The Novo on Sept. 30 at 8p. The game will be broadcast on Stadium as well as the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. For the first time, the 2022 NBA 2K League All-Star event will include both 5v5 and 3v3 gameplay formats. The NBA2KL 5v5 Championships run this week through Aug. 27, live from The Pavilion at Pan Am in Indianapolis.
| EBS 2022
EBS announced its 2022 luminary award recipients who will be honored during The Tempest Awards on November 2 at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas as part of EBS, taking place on Nov. 1-3 at the MGM Grand. This year’s Hall of Fame class will include Jason Lake, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Complexity Gaming, & Global Head of Esports, GameSquare; and Kim Phan, Co-Founder and COO, RTS. Accepting the Ambassador Award honoring talent will be Gina Darling, Host, G4; and the 2022 Sentinel Award winner for leveraging esports for social good will be Zach Wigal, Founder, Gamers Outreach. A huge congratulations to all four recipients and we look forward to seeing you in Vegas for the show on Aug. 2!
Speaking of Tempests, this is the end of the line. Final award nominations are due this week!! Show the word your talent. Go, go, go!!! ENTER NOW. Final call for judges too! Contact Carley ([email protected]) if interested.
While fast food and chips might be some of the most chatted about food categories among gamers and live streaming viewers, sweets are right behind them. Quick, sugary treats are perfect for gamers who are staying up late and playing high energy games.
Sweets brands had 163k Twitch chat mentions last month. Popular cookie brand Oreo dominated the charts with almost half of that chatter at 75.8k mentions. While Oreo hasn’t done any sponsored streams in recent months, their large number of chat mentions seems to be from their organic popularity among the live streaming community.
Oreo isn’t a stranger to the video game-adjacent community, having done recent collaborations with popular video game and anime franchises Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z. The anime and video games communities share a ton of overlap, and have great potential for crossover events.
Sour Patch Kids was the only sweets brand in the top charts to have released sponsored content last month, leaving great potential for other brands to get involved with the gaming and streaming community. Their “Fruit Fight” campaign featured four Twitch streamers as brand ambassadors participating in a mini Rocket League tournament.
Read more on Stream Hatchet’s blog
| SPONSORSHIP & ACTIVATION
Riot Games and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. announced a new multi-year global partnership with League of Legends Esports, making Tiffany & Co. the official trophy designer of the League of Legends World Championship Trophy. The ultimate design unveil for the new trophy will take place Aug. 29 at 10a across Riot Games, LoL Esports, and Tiffany & Co. digital and social channels.
Global esports organization Gen.G locked in a partnership with SmileDirectClub to present “SmileXP,” a three episode series over six months to track a favorite streamers’ progress towards a “straighter, healthier and more confident smile.” Gen.G streamers Shannon Williams, Jessica Kim and Krystalogy will be joining the #SmileClub and chronicling their experience on-stream and via their social media pages over the course of their Smile Journeys.
ASUS lined up a series of events for esports fans and gamers with Brooklyn Nets player Seth Curry celebrating esports and gaming on Aug. 27. ASUS will also announce a new limited-edition Republic of Gamers product and brand partnership. Online fans can tune into a Call of Duty livestream with Curry starting at 4p on the ROG Twitch Channel.
HOT POCKETS is teaming up with Elgato to launch the One20 Contest, looking for up-and-coming content superstars “to bring up to the next level with cash, gaming accessories and more.” Each submission period, thirty entrant creators will be chosen as finalists based on personality, expressiveness, creativity and engagement. 10 finalists per voting period will move forward, and then the gaming community will vote online for their favorite to become a winner and an official One20 creator. The 12 finalists who receive the most votes – one winner per month – will each receive upgraded gear, content collaboration, digital promotion and become HOT POCKETS brand ambassadors!
|Top Women in Media
Celebrate good times, come on,
With over 150 women in media to celebrate, October 11th will be a night full of fun, laughter, and support. Don’t miss your chance to let your hair down and get dressed up as we recognize all of their accomplishments. Tables are filling up, but there’s still room for you!
IT’S ALIVE: YouGov Living Data Insights
Finding esports fans on social media
American esports fans are likelier than the general population to have used every social media platform that we asked about. These differences are more pronounced for some platforms than others.
The Detroit Lions is revving up its online gaming community, Lions Gaming, in collaboration with fan engagement platform Rival. Lions Gaming will offer its online gaming community the opportunity to host regular tournaments across a variety of game titles. Members of this free-to-play community will play to win monetary prizes, Lions memorabilia and unique esports experiences. The Lions will host its first gaming tournament featuring Madden 23 on Sept. 17.
Burnley Football Club of the EFL Championship also launched its online gaming community with Rival. Rival will power the club’s gaming community, extending its footprint with Burnley’s esports team, offering tournaments across a variety of game tiles, with opportunities for fan rewards and other experiences. With the launch of Burnley’s gaming community, Rival will also be integrated into the club’s esports initiatives, including branding on Burnley’s esports team jerseys and other marketing channels.
Enthusiast Gaming fueled a new inclusivity campaign, Raise Your Game, designed to support women in gaming and raise awareness. RYG will host its inaugural event today at 5p at OS NYC. “The industry is traditionally male-dominated, but we know that women make up about 46% of the total gaming audience,” said Amanda Rubin, SVP of Global Sales & Partnerships. “It is hard for these individuals to feel accepted within the current gaming community design. We are out to make a pivotal change for the industry and make a difference in how underrepresented groups are heard. This is why we believe RYG will help dismantle stereotypes and make gaming feel more inclusive.”
FlyQuest revealed its newest Jersey for the 2022 Spring Playoffs, highlighting the teams’ summer palm tree design and bringing back the green and yellow color scheme. FlyQuest is also doubling the number of trees planted for its Go Green Initiative, TreeQuest x Priceless Planet Coalition.
A big shift for Twitch, which switched its pitch to overhaul restrictions around partner exclusivity, and now allowing live streaming on multiple platforms provided it isn’t being done simultaneously across “web-based, Twitch-like services that support streaming for extended periods of time, such as YouTube and Facebook.” The platform noted that the barriers was put in place because “engaging with two streams at once can lead to a sub-optimal experience for your community.
Gfinity announced the launch of Athlos Game Technologies, a tournament-based platform that “leverages the power of competitive gaming to deepen player engagement; to lower player churn; and to increase average revenue per user.” “Athlos Gaming Technologies is aligned with Gfinity’s strategic focus on generating value by owning, scaling and monetizing communities and our owned tech IP,” said Gfinity Chairman Neville Upton. “In-game, live-service revenues are a key focus of the industry. It amounts to $127bn p.a., more than double the value of up-front game sales revenues. Engaged competitive gamers can spend 30X in game compared to the non-competitive gamer. This is where Athlos delivers by dramatically increasing the number of engaged competitive gamers in any game whether on mobile, PC, or console. The launch of the platform supports our confidence for performing in line with market expectations.”
Esports data and statistics platform PandaScore sealed a betting partnership with bookmaker William Hill, which will now leverage PandaScore’s esports data to provide customers with odds and markets for competition featuring Dota2, League of Legends and CS:GO.
WME inked a new batch of esports and gaming stars for representation in all areas, per THR. Names added to the roster include content creator and G4 host Gina Darling, streamer Cloakzy, YouTube star Tiko, and TikTok personality Luvanthony, among others.
OpTic Gaming announced the additions of two sales and partnership team members in Rachel Alexander, Director of Sales and Partnerships and Tony Constantacos, Director of Business Development. Making up part of OpTic’s growing national sales team, Constantacos will be based in Los Angeles, and Alexander working from OpTic’s Dallas-based headquarters. Each report to Erin Schendle, Senior Vice President of Sales and Partnerships, who joined the company in 2021.
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|CAMPAIGN MANAGER, PROGRAMMATIC >>
GSTV/NYC, DETROIT: Manage Post Sale activity, setup of direct contracts from the OMS (Salesforce) to the ad-serving platform (Vistar). Ensure accurate scheduling details are included & communicate any issues related to creative & campaigns. Obtain creative asset materials & launch advertising campaigns both programmatic & direct. 3-5 yrs media/digital industry exp. Full info HERE (9/7)
AFFILIATE RELATIONS MANAGER, SYNDICATION >>
HEARST MEDIA PRODUCTION GROUP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Serve as the primary contact with our broadcast television station partners, represent clients and outside vendors; including coordination of contracts and agreements, as well as provision all needed information and communication for the Syndication department. Great opportunity for programming, promotion, marketing or PR background. Full info HERE (9/7)
DIRECTOR, AD SALES MIDWEST
Excellent relationships and contacts in both national and performance marketing advertising, digital agencies, and in-house brands. Strong knowledge of current National and DTC/Performance Driven marketplace, linear and digital advertising. Responsible for selling advertising to clients and developing new business relationships by prospecting, developing and selling new business accounts. Full info HERE (9/6)
SPECIALIST, AFFILIATE OPERATIONS
Spearhead affiliate technical/operational efforts (including but not limited to: launch authorizations, blackout implementation, VOD and TV Everywhere) for MLB Network and NHL Network with traditional and virtual MVPDs worldwide. Full info HERE (9/6)
DIRECTOR OF POST PRODUCTION >>
PART2 PICTURES/NY: Responsible for the organization and optimization of all post-production projects. Ensure consistent workflows and best practices are being used across the entire production process. This position will oversee all projects from development to final delivery. Full info HERE (9/6)
AD SALES RESEARCH MANAGER
TENNIS CHANNEL/SINCLAIR SPORTS GROUP
Support linear and digital national ad sales efforts with PowerPoint presentations using Nielsen, comScore, YouGov, MRI & Ipsos. Oversee submission of linear line ups for Tennis Channel. Create and update tracking reports on sports landscape. 3+ years’ experience with Nielsen national applications. Full info HERE (9/5)
DIRECTOR, AD SALES >>
REELZ, NY: Mentor and manage the day-to-day direction of account executives in New York. Manage & develop relationships in marketplace. Collaborate with VP, Ad Sales regarding strategy and development of new business. Negotiate and close upfront & scatter deals. 10+ yrs of advertising sales exp. in a broadcast or cable network environment. Full info HERE (9/5)
DIRECTOR, PUBLIC PROGRAMMING >>
THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA/NYC: Collaborate w/the Programming & Curatorial teams to develop & book unique & influential talent, programs, educational workshops, membership events, exhibits & experiences. Align programming with institutional priorities in TV & produce immersive & interactive tentpole exhibits to ensure that there are engaging offerings year-round. 8+ yrs exp. req. Full info HERE (9/5)
TELEVISION & CROSS PLATFORM RESEARCH DIRECTOR
This highly visible role provides quantitative and qualitative research to all departments; includes research oversight of Tennis Channel, Tennis Channel International, Tennis.com, TennisChannel.com, Tennis Channel Plus OTT, TC app and Tennis Magazine. Expert level proficiency with Nielsen data systems, including NPower is required. Full info HERE (8/25)
COUNSEL, BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS
Draft and/or negotiate a wide variety of agreements, assist with counseling various departments on transactional and legal matters. Oversee administration and compliance with of standards and practices for day-to-day production. A minimum of two years of legal experience in a media and/or entertainment transactional environment, required. Full info HERE (9/4)
DIRECTOR OR VICE PRESIDENT OF CHILDREN’S TELEVISION
THE JIM HENSON COMPANY
Work closely w/the President of Television to strategize building new Jim Henson Company IP. Generate new business by performing outreach, networking, and scheduling meetings w/key players in the industry. Track network mandates, industry trends, and talent/IP to inform development strategy & planning. Min of 5 yrs of exp. working in Children’s TV. Full info HERE (9/4)
THE DIRECTOR OF SALES
REMOTE (PREFER CHICAGO BASED)
Responsible for selling general advertising of our Linear network for year over year growth of our advertising sales projections. Source, create, and maintain relationships, as well as execute contracts for our Linear/Cable/VOD networks. Use of qualitative sales packaging and the drive to meet/exceed sales goals is a top priority. Full info HERE (9/3)
LOCAL SALES MANAGER >>
COX MEDIA/OMAHA NE: Overseeing all sales activities, create a high-performing, fun, and successful team-based environment. Attract, hire, and develop new sales consultants and provide training for your team to be successful and exceed their goals. 2+ yrs exp. leading a team of 5 or more people, 3-5 yrs of sales exp. in the media, cable, or digital advertising. Full info HERE (9/3)
MANAGER, COMMERCIAL CLEARANCE
NYC or Remote
Help ensure advertisements are compliant with A+E’s policies and federal guidelines. Review scripts, storyboards, animatics, rough and final cuts across a variety of content, with a focus on high-risk commercial categories. Serve as point person on projects with S&P to review live, scripted, and unscripted programming. 5+ yrs experience. Full info HERE (9/2)
VP, CONTENT AND PRODUCTION COUNSEL
NYC or Remote
Provide legal counsel in the areas of pre-broadcast/pre-publication review; Intellectual Property; First Amendment; causes of action common in entertainment and media industry cases. 7-10 years of relevant law firm experience or experience in media company legal department; in-house media law practice highly desirable. Full info HERE (9/2)
|OTHER JOBS OF INTEREST
Develop & support scalable, next-gen pipelines for scanning processes.
Lead Environment Artist
Deep Silver Volition
Create motion graphic transitions and visual elements that bring the design to life.
Senior UI Artist
Deep Silver Volition
Write clean, efficient, performant, and secure code to build websites and applications.
Senior Web Developer
Lead and inspire a team of passionate core marketing leads and support, media and data analysts, and marketing production.
Director of Marketing
Design, implement, and maintain scripted events, quests, and other narrative content.
Senior Narrative Scripter
Ghost Story Games
Develop and maintain a “bridge” between art, design, and engineering.
Principal Technical Artist
Ghost Story Games
Identify complex, systematic problems in the domain of tools, pipelines, and workflow development.
Senior Technical Artist
Works closely with business analysts, business sponsors, project managers and IT teams to obtain and understand business requirements.
Senior Designer, New Programs
Communicate ideas effectively to other artists as well as non-art disciplines.
Senior Concept Artist
Collaborate closely with the Graphics team on many systems including vegetation, lighting, occlusion, etc.
Senior Engine Programmer
San Diego CA
We implement a variety of physics-based systems including, but not limited to vehicle dynamics, water, destructible objects and rope.
Senior Physics Programmer
San Diego CA
Conceive, prototype, implement technically advanced visuals and procedural systems.
ILMxLAB Senior VFX Artist
Disney Interactive Games
San Francisco CA
Ensure project documentation remains up-to-date ensuring that the latest additions are accurate, and trusted.
Producer Digital Experiences
Disney Interactive Games
San Francisco CA
Propose and own key features/components of the product experience for Samsung TV services.
Senior Product Designer
Los Angeles CA
Partner with design team to support encounters, narrative elements and goals.
Senior World Artist
Los Angeles CA