TURTLE BEACH CELEBRATES PARTNERSHIP WITH EA SPORTS

The Road to the eWorld Cup Final Continues in Amsterdam as EA SPORTS Exclusively Use Turtle Beach Products for FIFA 18 Competitive Gaming

San Diego, CA – May 29, 2018 – Leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach (NASDAQ: HEAR) further reinforces its position of leadership in gaming audio and esports through its partnership with EA SPORTS™. This partnership with EA SPORTS sees Turtle Beach as the official headset brand of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series, and further roots Turtle Beach’s continued growth in the competitive gaming space.

The EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series is a global ecosystem featuring more competitors and more tournaments than ever before, and will culminate with the first ever FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 Grand Final – the pinnacle of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series.

The competition has already seen its fair share of incredible scenes with 16-year-old British sensation Donovan “F2TekKz” Hunt rising from obscurity to defeat the odds and lift the coveted FUT Champions Cup Trophy in Barcelona. And in Manchester when, so close to Old Trafford where so many historic scenes have been witnessed on the pitch, Saudi Arabia’s Rogue MSDossary celebrated another victory by claiming the FUT Champions Cup.

However, all eyes are on the next stop of the Global Series, the storied footballing city of Amsterdam, where the best FIFA 18 competitors will compete to see who will qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final. A total of 128 players, 64 each on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, will enter the Playoffs, but only 16 from each console will progress to the Grand Final. The competitors at qualifying events will exclusively use Turtle Beach Elite Pro products to ensure the best possible gaming audio experience.

“I can’t think of a better way to strengthen and expand our presence in competitive gaming than by joining forces with EA SPORTS and arming them with the best gaming headsets available,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “With this being a World Cup year, soccer will be ever-present and there’s no better digital representation of the game than FIFA 18.”
“Working with brands like Turtle Beach is very additive to the FIFA competitive gaming ecosystem,” said Dave Madden, SVP Global Brand Partnerships at EA. “These endemic partners provide a great layer of authenticity to the competition through activations like in-broadcast social engagements, partnerships at retail, and co-branded content that all add to the experience of our players and viewers.”

Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro line defines the future of esports gaming audio equipment, delivering best-in-class audio performance for game sound and team chat, plus innovative comfort-driven technologies to ensure players stay comfortable and cool under pressure.

The DRG Initiative launches its first ESL season

Futuristic third-person shooter blasting through Steam Early Access with public tournaments, free Steam weekends and thousands of dollars in prizes

Futuristic third-person shooter The DRG Initiative is partnering with ESL for a series of public tournaments where thousands of dollars can be won by the best players.

ESL, the world’s largest esports company, will hold Go4 cups for twelve weeks, beginning on 1 July.

Teams will be split into European and North American divisions when playing in these weekly contests. Every four weeks, the top eight teams from the two regions will clash in monthly finals, where the best three-person teams will square off for the chance to win money, bragging rights and other exciting prizes.

Go4 events have been held for fifteen years, with thousands of tournaments taking place across dozens of different games. They give any player the chance to sample competitive esports and fight for real cash prizes.

The DRG Initiative is a competitive team shooter that takes place in The Greatest Gameshow On Earth – a brutal, televised coliseum of combat that pits teams of three in battle while audience members vote to trigger events and manipulate the arena. It’s currently in Steam Early Access.

The game has been developed by Slingshot Cartel, which was founded by creatives from FreeStyleGames. The team previously created DJ Hero and Guitar Hero Live.

“We’re very excited to partner with ESL and have our players participate in the ESL Go4 cups for cash prizes,” says Slingshot Cartel co-founder Jonathan Napier. “The DRG Initiative was conceived as a competitive gameshow/shooter hybrid, with Streamers and aspiring Shoutcasters able to broadcast the competition to the audience as the GamesMaster, so opening up officially sanctioned ESL Go4 cup tournaments with $3,000 of prize money and other goodies up for grabs is a tremendously exciting step in our game’s development.”

The DRG Initiative has spent six months in Steam Early Access, and ESL’s Go4 tournaments will mark the game’s first competitive action – and the first time it will be seen by a wider audience.

“Slingshot Cartel have created a really unique experience with DRG Initiative,” said James Dean, MD of ESL UK, “we’re very excited to be able to help bring it to the community and the world of esports.”

PES 2018 selected to represent Esports showcase

Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has today announced that PES 2018 has been selected as one of the competition games for this year’s 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 esports event.

The Asian Games event is a continental multi-sport event hosted by the OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) and will take place in Jakarta-Palembang in Indonesia from August 18th.  The 2018 event marks the first-time esports have been included in the line-up, with PES 2018 one of six games chosen to showcase the medium.

PES 2018 is regarded as a landmark in football simulation, and its inclusion as a representation of a key Esport title is welcome recognition. Visitors to the event will be able to see the game in action, while details of KONAMI’s ambitious esports plans will also be detailed.

With the announcement that esports are to be an official competitive sport as of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China and also under consideration to become an official competitive sport within the Olympics, the Indonesian event will be an opportunity to show the competitive side of esports to a huge audience.

SpecialEffect Presents: #ChickenForCharity! A Games Industry PUBG Tournament

Top games companies go head-to-head to support gamers with disabilities!

London, England – 12.6.18: SpecialEffect, in collaboration with PUBG Corp. and SEGA® Europe Ltd, have today announced a games industry PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS™ tournament to help raise money for their cause. On Friday 22nd June, 25 teams representing some of the biggest names in gaming will battle it out to be crowned #ChickenForCharity Champion. The whole event will be live-streamed on twitch.tv/specialeffectteam from 13.00-18.00 BST, in a special broadcast from GAME’s BELONG esports studio hosted by The Simms, Talha and JohnPee.

The tournament will feature teams of four competing to achieve the highest combined score over four games of PUBG. The competition is sure to be intense, with the likes of SEGA, Sumo, TT Games, Amplitude, Frostbite, Interior Night, PC Gamer, Splash Damage and Twitch having already thrown their hats into the ring! The fundraising platform JustGiving will also be entering a team and showcasing their new StreamRaiser software, which helps streamers to collect and track charity donations whilst using Twitch.

Tom Donegan, Events Coordinator at SpecialEffect said:

“It’s fantastic to see such an enthusiastic response to #ChickenForCharity from our friends across the games industry. Over the years we’ve had a lot of fun coming up with new ways to raise money through encouraging the competitive spirit between studios, such as our annual Wembley Fives tournament. However, this is the first time we’ve given them an opportunity to go head-to-head doing what they do best – playing games! We’d like to thank SEGA Europe for their support in helping to make this happen and PUBG Corp. for allowing us to use the phenomenal PUBG. We’re really grateful to everyone who has signed up to play and can’t wait to see who will be the ‘winner, winner’ at the end of the day!”

There are now just ten remaining team spots up for grabs, so anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to contact SpecialEffect as soon as possible to secure their place (details below).

For further information about #ChickenForCharity please contact:

Tom Donegan, Events Coordinator at SpecialEffect: tom.donegan@specialeffect.org.uk
Tel. 01608 692266

The UK’s first ever Dota 2 Major

GINX Esports TV, the world’s biggest international esports TV network, just announced that it has acquired the broadcasting rights for the ESL One Birmingham 2018.

Held in Birmingham later this week, the ESL One Birmingham is the very first Dota 2 Major tournament organised in the UK. Arguably the year’s most exciting esports event in the UK, ESL One Birmingham has already broken records, becoming the fastest selling ESL Dota 2 event ever.
From May 25th to May 27th, 12 top teams from around the world will be competing for a US$1,000,000 and the important points to earn their invite for The International 2018.

In addition to the official broadcast of the tournament, GINX Esports TV will also be on location with Jorien van der Heijden, one the most popular Dota 2 casters.

Jorien, also known as Sheever in the esports community will be conducting live interviews as well as pre and post-match analysis, offering an exclusive point of view on this most awaited tournament.

“I’m looking forward to represent GINX Esports TV at ESL One Birmingham! I’ll be hosting The Daily Download from the arena and will be doing several interviews. It’ll be an awesome weekend! ”

British Hurricane wins Overwatch Contenders Europe Season 1 Finals

The Overwatch Contenders Europe Season 1 Finals wrapped up in dramatic fashion last night, with British Hurricane defeating Team Gigantti at Alvernia Planet in Poland. The best-of-seven series went to the wire, before Hurricane—the London Spitfire Academy Team—emerged 4-3 winners to take home the $30,000 USD first-place prize.

The newly-crowned European champions kept their winning run alive in the Atlantic Showdown, a best-of-five showmatch celebrating the Europe-North America rivalry. British Hurricane overcame Fusion University—who had defeated Toronto Esports in the Contenders North America Season 1 Finals—to claim a 3-1 victory.

2017 US Esports Startups Raised ~$200M

Discord ($50M): Messaging, chat and game integration with ~100M users. Basically Slack/Skype for gamers

Skillz ($25M): Mobile esports platform

Super Evil Megacorp ($19M): Publisher of mobile esports game Vainglory

Super League Gaming ($15M): Organizes esports events and leagues within movie theaters

Plays.tv ($15M): Game highlights and social sharing platform

Smash.gg ($11M): Esports tournament organization platform

Underworld Esports ($10M* Estimated): Portland based esports team

Sliver.tv ($9.8M): 3D/VR live streaming platform for esports

Wavedash Games ($6M): Game publisher with upcoming esports title

Gamer Sensei ($4M): Esports coaching platform

Gawkbox ($3.7M): Monetization tools for streamers

Guilded ($3.2M): Esports team management platform

Maestro ($3M): Enterprise live streaming monetization and data collection

Haste ($3M): Network performance for esports

Genvid ($2.5M): Esports interactive broadcasts

FanAI ($1.8M): Esports audience monetization platform

Taunt ($1.75M): Esports fan competition platform

Matcherino ($1.5M): Crowd funded esports prize pools

VY Esports ($1.5M): Platform bridging esports, media companies and brands

Foundry IV (Undisclosed): Esports game developer

 

As expected, the majority of investment was West Coast based with 12 of the 20 investments taking place in California.

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PES League World Tour 2018 named as official UEFA Champions League esports competition

The longstanding commercial union between Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series as the UEFA Champions League has scored yet another wonder goal.

The Japanese publisher’s PES League World Tour 2018 has now been named as the official UEFA Champions League esports competition. This bodes well for a potential extension to the three-year agreement struck between the pair in 2015.

Currently PES is the only video game series to offer an official and licensed recreation of the Champions League.

The partnership now stands in opposition to the very tight-knit relationship between FIFA and EA that sees the latter’s hugely successful FIFA series currently leading the way in esports football.

Indeed, few esports teams currently have a PES pro among their ranks. This is something Konami will need to change if it has serious aspirations for PES esports.

“I am delighted to be able to work with UEFA for this opportunity,” Konami Digital Entertainment president Hideki Hayakawa said, “not only to bring an exciting experience for the participating players, but to also be able to provide Football fans from all over the world an opportunity to enjoy this competition first-hand at the physical events or through live streams.”

UEFA Events SA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein added: “We look forward to this season’s PES eSports events and the opportunity it provides for gamers and viewers to further engage with the UEFA Champions League brand.”

Celtic takes first step into esports with online FIFA tournament

Celtic Football Club has announced an online FIFA 18 tournament, starting this October, that will pit players against each other in online matches to win Celtic Champions League tickets and a variety of other prizes.

The tournament will see players battling it out, all playing as Celtic, in head to head matches. It will be open only to residents of the UK and Ireland who are aged 16 or over, can play on an Xbox and can stream their games online. This is Celtic’s first step into esports, but it’s quite a substantial one, especially if you’re a Celtic fan.

The winner will get a bundle of Celtic goodies: a 2017/2018 home top, a scarf, two tickets to Celtic’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich at Celtic park, a trip to Paris for Celtic’s Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain and the chance to play a showdown FIFA match against one of PSG’s FIFA players.

This showdown match seems to suggest that the winner of the tournament will then go on to represent Celtic in their face-off against PSG, which could mean that Celtic are looking for a FIFA player to represent them full-time, although it’s unclear if that role could be offered to the winner of the tournament, or someone else entirely further down the line.

It’s unclear who will be entirely yet, but Epsilon’s professional FIFA player Anthony ‘Guigsey’ McGuigan is a noted Celtic fan and has tweeted his intent to compete in the tournament. Whether he can win the 1024 player contest remains to be seen, but as the prize is primarily of value to a Celtic fan that is also a professional level FIFA player, he may not have too much top level competition.

Kairos Media acquires esports brand Lightning Pandas

Social media focused digital communications agency Kairos Media has announced its acquisition of esports outfit “Lightning Pandas”, which was co-founded by Michael Craddock and Call of Duty pro Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral.

Craddock is also a co-founder of Kairos Media, and the acquisition marks Kairos’ entry to the esports business, using the Lightning Pandas brand for their activities in the space. Lightning Pandas has actually been dormant for the past three years, although the brand was previously a well-known Call of Duty team that got some attention through YouTube and bold branding.

To kick things off, Lightning Pandas have signed Sean ‘Dragonn’ Allen, a professional FIFA player who has previously donned digital studs for West Ham United as their first-ever FIFA player.

Allen said in a statement: “I couldn’t be happier to join the Lightning Pandas and become their first esports player. The experience, resources and knowledge of the company presents me with an invaluable opportunity to progress as a player and build my online presence. This is a massive move in the right direction for me and I’m really excited for the future.”

Allen is one of the better known FIFA players, especially in the UK, although his star has waned recently, Allen failed to qualify for the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) this year but did coach Unilad’s winning player, Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing, who shared the winning moment with Allen on the stage.

Regardless of performance, Allen is still a hugely popular and well known figure in the UK FIFA scene, with a popular Twitch and Youtube following.

Rahul Uppal, Kairos’ esports manager, added in the press release:  “Following their three-year hiatus, we’re excited to announce the official return of the Lightning Pandas. While most people will recognise the Lightning Pandas as the creative offspring of Mike and Shane, we’re now in a strong position to take the organisation to the next level.

In addition to this, we’re delighted to welcome a player of Sean’s calibre to the Lightning Pandas, who does not only share the competitive ambitions of the company, but also our vision for the future.”

Pro Sports Owner Jeff Vinik Close Out Super League’s Series C Round

Nickelodeon, DMG Entertainment, SoftBank ISAT, and Pro Sports Owner Jeff Vinik Close Out Super League’s Series C Round with $15 Million


Entertainment, Media and Sports Titans Drive $28 Million Total Invested Since 2014 Founding of Leading Esports Gaming Platform

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – June 29, 2017 – Super League Gaming, the global community platform that offers accessible esports competitions, content and social interactions for amateur gamers, today announced that it has received $15 million in Series C funding from Nickelodeon, a division of Viacom, DMG Entertainment, a SoftBank-managed fund, Toba Capital, Cali Group and multiple traditional professional sports team owners including Jeffrey Vinik, owner of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, and aXiomatic, a premier esports entity backed by professional sports and media leaders. To date, Super League has raised more than $28 million, with earlier participation from investors including Cinemark USA, Inc., ET Capital and Quadrant Management.

“Esports is exploding in popularity around the world, but the current landscape is lacking an open, easy access point for aspiring gamers and enthusiasts to connect and participate,” said Ann Hand, CEO of Super League Gaming. “With our online and live in-person events, we’re leading the way in bringing gamers into esports in a safe, fun and socially rewarding way. Our city-based clubs add a sense of belonging and fandom currently missing from esports.”

Founded in 2014 with its initial offering of Minecraft events in movie theaters for kids, Super League has now hosted more than 30,000 kids in friendly competition over six seasons of play. In November of 2016, Super League expanded its offering by introducing the world’s most played video game, League of Legends, to its competitive events series in partnership with Riot Games. There has been one season of League of Legends intercity tournament play, with the second season launching online in July in 12 markets across the United States.

“We are excited to enter the world of esports through our relationship with Super League, which has a loyal and growing fan base of kids,” said Matthew Evans, Executive Vice President of Digital and New Business, Nickelodeon. “Nickelodeon is interested in esports because gaming is an important passion point for kids today, and forging this partnership with Super League puts us at the forefront of where kids will be playing next.”

“Fans worldwide are ravenous for esports, both as spectators and players.  No one is better than SLG to bring organized amateur esports to the biggest markets in the world,” said Dan Mintz, CEO and Co-founder of DMG Entertainment. ”We are excited to partner with SLG and expand its footprint globally.”

Super League pioneered the way for accessible esports competitions by introducing City Rec and City Champs, establishing the structure and model for amateur esports rooted in one’s locality. These city-focused teams mirror the benefits of traditional sports teams and bring gamers together in a way never before possible. The Chicago Force will be defending the title for the second season of League of Legends City Champs, while the reigning Minecraft City Champs are the LA Shockwaves.

“In my career in professional sports, the most exciting thing is the energy and enthusiasm that fans show for their city’s teams,” said Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “Go to any Super League event, and you will see the same energy of players and fans cheering for their city’s team that we see in the NHL.”
To learn more about Super League Gaming:

About Super League Gaming
Super League Gaming (www.SuperLeague.com ) is the world’s first, biggest and most accessible esports league for gamers that takes place both online and in-person gaming arenas. Our community building platform enables unique, local gaming experiences for players around the world of all ages and levels to experience recreational and competitive gaming, content creation and sharing, and social networking.  Super League has pioneered city teams in esports tapping into gamers desire for more connectedness and the inherent desire to represent and root for their home team. Our current catalogue focuses on Minecraft and League of Legends and establishes movie theatres as the ultimate arenas to experience some of the world’s most popular games in a new and social context. The current offering focuses on amateur esports in local, intimate gaming arenas, but the potential offers and venues are boundless.

GET YOUR WINTER WEEKEND RUSH … AT RUSH!

Want to learn more about esports, meet and talk to pro players, watch SA’s top teams compete, and maybe even enter a competition yourself and win some prizes? Then Rush is where you want to be next weekend.

Designed by the creators of the legendary rAge (really Awesome gaming expo), the inaugural Rush event, powered by HP OMEN, is a first for esports in South Africa and is set to become an annual showcase of all things esports.

Taking place between 21 and 23 July at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Rush will feature a variety of competitive esports tournaments hosted by leading local organisations across  dedicated esports stages, with live shoutcasting (commentary) by some of South Africa’s top shoutcasters. South Africa’s best competitive gamers and clans will compete for the honour of taking home the glory, as well as for a host of incredible prizes.

Four main stages will be showcasing popular titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), FIFA 17, League of Legends, and Street Fighter V. Fans, supporters and enthusiasts will be able to watch all the competitions live on big screens, with dedicated seating areas at all the stages. In addition, visitors will also be able to sign to enter exciting tournaments across a range of games like HearthstoneFIFA 17Street Fighter V and Metal Slug. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs, so anyone with even a passing interest in video games is encouraged to come and take part.

Rush is an exciting, compelling showcase of everything that South African esports currently has to offer. We’ve created a unique experience that will appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, and one that will serve as a visual introduction to anyone who doesn’t know what all this esports fuss is about,” said Lauren Das Neves, marketing manager for Rush, NAG and rAge. “Having been actively involved in the local gaming industry for the past 20 years through NAG and rAge, Rush is a great platform for us to build, empower and connect with new and existing esports communities.”

Big news for Kaizer Chiefs supporters is that they’ve announced their participation at Rush. The club has partnered with sponsors Vodacom and Nike for the event, giving gamers a chance to battle it out at the Kaizer Chiefs esports stage. Gamers will go head-to-head in the FIFA 17 tournament in a bid to be the ultimate winner. To enter the Kaizer Chiefs tournament at Rush, visit www.acgl.co.za/kaizerchiefs to sign up. Entry to the tournament is free.

For Warcraft and Hearthstone fans, Kwesé will be hosting a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering at Rush. There is R30,000 cash in prizes for winners across the weekend, with the player in the daily top spot walking away with R5,000. Second and third place get R3,000 and R2,000 respectively. There’s also a gaming notebook from MSI up for grabs, so all you need to do is shuffle those decks. In addition, there’s a casual tournament for those keen for some arrive-and-play fun.

Other activities include PlayStation VR, arcade cabinets and retail stands, so there’ll be plenty to do while you’re taking a break from all the esports action!
If you’re a fan of old-school, arcade-style gaming, then be sure to visit the NAG Arcade / Eurasian Entertainment stand. Try your hand at Metal Slug, set a high score, and the player with the highest score at the end of the weekend will win an arcade machine that oozes retro coolness.

Matrix Warehouse will be running a fastest-lap challenge on their stand with mystery prizes up for grabs each day.

Orena is ramping up its Fight Night offering at Rush, with the casual Street Fighter V tournament set for an EFC-sized boost. EFC Worldwide welterweight champion Dricus du Plessis and bantamweight champion Demarte Pena will battle it out in an exhibition match in the OFN octagon at 11:00 on Sunday 23 July, with other EFC athletes waiting in the wings to challenge them. You won’t want to miss this epic battle! Gamers can enter the Orena Fight Night challenge and stand to win R20,000 at the end of the season.

Orena is also offering the chance to qualify for ESWC for CS:GO on one of the main stages. “The country’s best esports teams will be fighting it out in a world-class arena, for the opportunity to take on some of the best players on the planet,” says Luca Tucconi, Operating Executive at Orena. “The competition is fierce and the prize is massive – and we have one or two surprises up our sleeves for the winners”.

Alongside this high-adrenaline and hugely entertaining line-up, one of the other exciting features of Rush is South Africa’s first Winter NAG LAN – an opportunity to experience multiplayer gaming with hundreds of likeminded gaming enthusiasts packed into a single venue.  A NAG LAN ticket also gives you access to the Rush event for the full weekend. Casual competitions for Dota 2and Rocket League will be hosted in the NAG LAN, with hardware peripheral prizes up for grabs, kindly sponsored by Apex Interactive. A formal competition for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will also be hosted in the NAG LAN for 16 teams on PS4 in the NAG LAN with a total of R19,000 in prizes to be won.

If you haven’t yet bought your ticket for the NAG LAN at Rush, there are still some available at Computicket. As part of the NAG LAN Rush launch offer, upon purchase of your NAG LAN Rush ticket for R600 you will automatically qualify for, and be guaranteed, a NAG LAN at rAge ticket, which will then only cost you R450. This once-off offer applies to any NAG LAN at Rush tickets that have already been bought.

Pink-IT will hold its first annual summit at Rush over the course of three days. Pink-IT is designed to build a supportive and inspiring community for women in technology and foster a culture of sharing, collaboration, discussion and inspiration for female software developers. The first annual summit will bring together companies interested in hiring female software developers in South Africa, opening up opportunities for women in the industry. The summit will be a jam packed weekend  for all  female software developers, game developers, UX designers, graphic designers and animators who also want to learn how to build a mobile-based esports game using BlueMix.

If you, your friends and your family want to come and watch all the esports action as it happens, you will need to either purchase a Day Ticket (valid for entry for one day only), which costs R50, or a Weekend Ticket (valid for entry for all three days), which costs R100. Tickets are available at the door or at Computicket.

For more information on the NAG LAN you can email info@naglan.co.za .

For more information on how to enter into any of the tournaments being hosted at Rush email lauren@nag.co.za .

21, 22, 23 July
Exhibition Hall 2, Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, Sandton
Friday: 10am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-4pm
www.rushesports.co.za