THE OVERWATCH LEAGUETM AND TWITTER ANNOUNCE MULTIYEAR CONTENT DEAL

Collaboration includes Overwatch League 2019 season highlight clips

IRVINE, Calif.—Aug. 23, 2018—The Overwatch LeagueTM and Twitter today announced a new multiyear deal to bring highlights and livestream content to the platform, continuing with the Overwatch League All-Star Weekend, happening Aug. 25–26 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. The collaboration breaks new ground in creative programming and video-on-demand content.Overwatch League All-Star Weekend

With the Overwatch League All-Star Weekend taking place this Saturday and Sunday, Twitter is making it easier than ever for fans to join in the conversation. Overwatch League will provide near real-time video highlights to Twitter, including the most exciting moments of the Pacific Division and Atlantic Division All-Star matchups.

Live Weekly Show

Starting in Overwatch League’s 2019 season, Watchpoint, a weekly preview show covering upcoming Overwatch League matches, will be streamed live on Twitter via @overwatchleague. Watchpoint provides fans with stats, match predictions, analysis, and more.

Highlight Clips

Twitter will drive Overwatch League’s distribution of near real-time highlight clips from every match of the Overwatch League regular season, playoffs, Grand Finals, and All-Star Weekend.

“From the inception of the Overwatch League, the community on Twitter has always been one of our most passionate and engaged,” said Daniel Cherry, vice president and chief marketing officer for Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues. “That’s why we are particularly excited to announce this collaboration, beginning with the Overwatch League’s All Star-Weekend.”

“Twitter is where Overwatch League conversations happen and we’re thrilled to bring more content to the platform for several years,” said Rishi Chadha, head of gaming partnerships at Twitter. “Overwatch League is one of the most Tweeted-about esports leagues on the platform, and this partnership will bolster that conversation.”

Gfinity and Domino’s Enter Multi-Year Strategic Partnership

Gfinity plc (AIM: GFIN), a world leading esports solutions provider, today announces a multi-season agreement with Domino’s to become Presenting Partner of the Gfinity Challenger and Elite Series UK. The significant investment into the Gfinity Challenger and Elite Series UK enables Domino’s to connect and engage within one of the fastest-growing entertainment sectors and target the young adult demographic that consumes gaming and esports content daily via digital platforms.

The partnership, which runs until December 2020, represents the biggest commercial deal in the Company’s history and is further evidence of the world’s leading brands being attracted to both esports and Gfinity, with previous partners including Unilever (Lynx), HP Omen and Turtle Beach.

The agreement secures Domino’s exclusivity within the quick service restaurant sector and an in-show presence throughout the 80 hours of live FIFA, Rocket League and Street Fighter V broadcasts. In addition, Domino’s will receive bespoke content, broadcast and digital assets, player shirt sleeve branding, social media activations, customer relationship management, ticketing and hospitality. Domino’s will also use its extensive channels to promote both the Gfinity Challenger and Elite Series UK plus the player stories that emerge and share them with its loyal consumer base.

TURTLE BEACH SIGNS ESPORTS PARTNERSHIP WITH MANCHESTER CITY

Leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach (NASDAQ: HEAR), today announced another significant partnership as the official esports and gaming headset partner for Manchester City eSports. The new partnership will see all Manchester City pro players using Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro line of professional gaming audio equipment, as well as other Turtle Beach gear and accessories. Manchester City currently fields two top-tier competitive players in EA SPORTS FIFA 18.
As well as achieving success on the pitch, Manchester City has also been investing resources in dominating the virtual game by signing prolific EA SPORTS FIFA pro players Marcus ‘Marcuzo’ Jorgensen, and more recently Kai ‘Deto’ Wollin – the reigning PS4™ world champion.

“As the leading brand in gaming audio we’re thrilled to team-up with the Premier League Champions. No matter what the game, competitive play is about total immersion, and that is what the Manchester City players can expect from our Elite Pro series,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “Manchester City is a truly global brand and while their esports endeavors are just beginning, we’re ready to embark on the journey with them to help achieve even more success, both on the virtual pitch and off.”

Gfinity Appoints Graham Wallace as Global Chief Operating Officer

Gfinity strengthens Leadership Team to drive the next chapter of growth

Gfinity plc (AIM: GFIN), a world leading esports solutions provider, announces the appointment of experienced sports and media executive Graham Wallace to the Board of Directors and to the newly created role of Global Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect. Graham will work alongside recently appointed Executive Chairman, Garry Cook, with responsibility for managing Gfinity’s global business operations as the Company focuses on delivery of its strategy and growth targets.

In a highly successful career spanning over twenty five years, Graham Wallace, a Chartered Accountant, has held senior executive positions with leading sports and entertainment companies including Viacom Inc, MTV Networks Europe and IMG Media. He was Chief Financial Officer and latterly Chief Operating Officer at Manchester City FC where he led the business transformation programme between 2009 and 2013. He then joined Rangers FC as Chief Executive where he helped to lead the rebuilding of the club following its exit from administration. Recently Graham has worked with several leading investment groups advising on strategic, operational and financial matters in a range of sports and media properties.

Garry Cook, Executive Chairman, said: 
“On behalf of the Board I would like to welcome Graham to Gfinity. His leadership and operational skills, combined with extensive knowledge of the media, sports and entertainment sectors will be invaluable as we begin to write the next chapter of the Gfinity story.  

The esports industry is expected to grow to $1.65 billion globally by 2021. With a clear strategy and an experienced leadership team now in place, Gfinity will be able to take full advantage of this growth and build upon its position as a world leader in the esports community.”

WorldGaming Network to Host World Electronic Sports Games

WorldGaming Network to Host World Electronic Sports Games Qualifiers & Finals for the U.S. and Canada

The global tournament from Alisports and WorldGaming Network is the world’s only Olympic-style esports competition

Teams and players will compete to represent their countries at the WESG Grand Finals

Toronto, ON | June 29, 2018 – The world’s only Olympic-style esports tournament has officially arrived. WorldGaming Network today announced that it has been named the Official Tournament Operator for the United States and Canada (two separate qualifying events) qualifiers for the 2018-2019 World Electronic Sports Games (WESG), in partnership with Alisports, a division of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

The Olympic-style games will last over seven months and involve more than 65,000 players from over 190 countries. Those players will compete for one of the largest prize pools yet – $5.5 million. Competition will span across six games: DOTA2Starcraft IICounterStrike: Global OffensiveHearthstoneVainGlory and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES).

As Official Tournament Operator, WorldGaming Network will host the national WESG events via online qualifiers and live finals for both the United States and Canada. The top teams in each game will then go on to represent their respective countries at the WESG Grand Finals in China.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with WorldGaming Network to host the world’s only Olympic-style esports tournament,” said Jason Fung, Global esports Director of Alisports. “WorldGaming Network’s leadership in both the American and Canadian tournaments will help make this our most successful tournament yet.”

“It’s a tremendous honor to help bring the WESG Qualifiers & Finals to both the U.S. and Canada,” said Wim Stocks, General Manager of WorldGaming Network. “In naming WorldGaming as the Official Tournament Operator, Alisports has recognized the strength of our experience, our tournaments platform and the community of gamers we have galvanized throughout the United States and Canada.”

Online qualifiers will be run from September to November 2018 on the WorldGaming tournaments platform. In mid-November, WorldGaming Network and The Stronach Group will host the USA WESG Qualifying Finals
‘live’ at the iconic Santa Anita Park racetrack in Los Angeles, California.  The Canadian WESG Qualifying Finals will be held ‘live’ on October 26 – October 28, 2018 at Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX), Canada’s largest video game expo, being held this year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

GINX Esports TV announces a new fighting game TV show: The DOJO

GINX Esports TV is happy to announce its new show dedicated to Fighting Games: The DOJO

Presented by Samad Abdessadki, also known as Damascus, this new production is available exclusively on GINX Esports TV. While the series will dive into the exciting world of fighting games, it will also break down the games and the communities evolving around it.

“The Fighting Games Community started as a place to hang out and meet friends, and ended up being a second family to me. From casual fun to group improvement towards being competitive, there’s a place for everyone!
Says Damasus

The DOJO is the first series dedicated to “versus fighting” on GINX Esports TV, a category focusing on one-on-one combats between players.

The six-part series will kick off on Tuesday, June 19th at 9 pm. BST. There will be weekly episodes each Tuesday following its debut, all available on GINX Esports TV.

About GINX Esports TV
GINX Esports TV is the world’s largest esports TV Network and is available in over 40 countries in 55+ million homes internationally including: UK, France, Scandinavia, Middle East, South Africa and a partnership with Super Channel in Canada.

The linear 24/7 channel aims to extend esports’ reach into television and to provide a more mainstream voice in the esports ecosystem. GINX Esports TV is the home of esports on TV.

CS:GO Asia Championships 2018

PGL introduces the world to its new in-game Augmented Reality tech at the CS:GO Asia Championships 2018

The CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 taking place this week in Shanghai, China, gave PGL the opportunity to implement its new Augmented Reality features for CS:GO broadcasts. 

With a prize pool of $300,000, the CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 features eight top teams from Asia and the rest of the world: Team EnVyUs, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Heroic, Virtus.pro, MVP.PK , VG.Flash Gaming and TyLoo.
The event runs from June 14-18 at the Shanghai Indoor Stadium, a 12,000-seater multi-purpose gymnasium located close to the Shanghai Stadium.

Perfect World partnered with PGL to offer the English broadcast of the event on twitch.tv/pgl . The PGL research and development team worked for months on new features for its CS:GO portfolio. The result was a new form of Augmented Reality for in-game 3D graphics produced with in-house tools, which was introduced in the first day of the event and has once again confirmed PGL’s commitment to innovation.

“We’ve invested a lot of time and resources in order to improve the viewer experience, with the addition of in-game Augmented Reality graphics.”, says Sebastian Honciuc, main show producer.
“This is just a small step and fans should expect more things to come from our CS:GO production moving forward”
The CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 playoffs will take place this weekend, when the six remaining teams will get the opportunity to compete on the stage of the Shanghai Indoor Stadium.
Viewers from all over the world can enjoy the visually enhanced spectacle on twitch.tv/pgl starting Saturday, June 16th, at 9:30 AM local Shanghai time.

TURTLE BEACH CONTINUES TO LEAD THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OF GAMING HEADSETS

TURTLE BEACH CONTINUES TO LEAD THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OF GAMING HEADSETS BY INTRODUCING THE RECON 200 & STEALTH 300 AMPLIFIED GAMING HEADSETS AT E3 2018

Battle Royale Ready, Turtle Beach’s Recon 200 & Stealth 300 Wired Gaming Headsets Deliver High-Quality Sound, Unmatched Comfort, and Powerful Features for an Amazing Price

Turtle Beach Also Further Expands Roster of Pro Esports Teams and Streamers with OpTic Gaming’s Dominant League of Legends Team and Renowned Mixer Streamer – Seife

San Diego, CA – June 12, 2018 – This morning, leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach (NASDAQ: HEAR), unveils the latest entries in its award-winning lineup of gaming headsets as the company opens this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The two new headsets – the Recon 200 and Stealth 300 – are perfectly suited for the explosive growth of the Battle Royale genre, delivering the high-quality audio, crystal-clear chat, and unmatched comfort and durability that gives gamers the edge needed to ascend the leaderboards. Both new wired models feature amplified audio to further immerse players in their games, impressive build quality with metal-reinforced headbands, and unique suites of features and functionality – all combined to deliver a competitive advantage through precision audio. The Recon 200 and Stealth 300 have an MSRP of $59.95 and $79.95, respectively, and full details on both new models can be found below.

“We’ve seen unprecedented industry growth this year in the headset market, with Turtle Beach outpacing that industry growth by nearly 38% because we deliver the high-quality headsets gamers want and need to be successful in popular Battle Royale games like Fortnite and PUBG, as well as all genres,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “Gamers demand superior audio and comfort no matter their level of play, and that’s what we bring to the table with a variety of products to suit every type of gamer. The new Recon 200 and Stealth 300 headsets give every player a definitive audio advantage and the premium comfort they need to weather the storm, for a price that doesn’t break the bank.”

Esports/Influencer Expansion:
In addition to debuting the first of this year’s new products, Turtle Beach also continues to grow its impressive roster of professional esports teams and high-profile streamers and content creators. OpTic Gaming’s League of Legends (LoL) squad now joins the ranks of Turtle Beach’s partnered teams, and will exclusively wear Elite Pro headsets during all practice and streaming sessions. With the NA LCS Summer Split beginning on June 16, 2018, the Green Wall’s LoL team is ready to dominate all comers when they take to the competition stage in the Los Angeles Battle Arena. Beyond practice and streaming, Turtle Beach and OpTic LoL will partner on exciting new fronts that include producing compelling content showcasing the keys to training and competing at the elite level, as well as bringing new insight into gaming culture and teamwork. Additionally, Turtle Beach and OpTic Gaming are collaborating on the development of future products, exclusive merchandise, and fan-focused events.

“Teamwork is a fundamental key to success in League of Legends. To have OpTic’s players dominate the maps as a team, they have to communicate effortlessly as they execute their roles in a game. When we thought about who was going to deliver on all aspects of the gaming audio requirements we need as we train and prepare for match play, Turtle Beach was the pinnacle,” notes Romain Bigeard, GM of OpTic LoL. “Having Turtle Beach come on as true collaborative partners, to not only help build championship athletes but to also help us faithfully engage with our fans, is an honor and we’re excited to start revealing what we have planned for the future.”

“We are supremely interested in further introducing the League of Legends player base to the sound quality and capabilities of Turtle Beach,” added Ryan Musselman, SVP of Global Partnerships at Infinite Esports & Entertainment. “Through customizing sound profiles for our players and equalizing audio catered specifically for the Rift, we aim to give OpTic LoL a competitive advantage in a way only Turtle Beach can deliver. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on product innovations and features to ensure our players and fans have unprecedented audio and communication power.”

Switching gears from pro teams to content creators, fans of Microsoft’s popular Mixer streaming platform will now see one of their favorites – Siefe – also joining forces with Turtle Beach. Siefe streams his gaming sessions full-time and exclusively on Mixer and takes his audio seriously, which is why he selected Turtle Beach as his preferred audio partner. Siefe is also the first streamer on Mixer to surpass 200K followers, and will now be using Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro headset and other gear as he continues to create his unique and often hilarious style of content.

Full Recon 200 & Stealth 300 Details:
Whether you’re a pro gamer, a content creator, a hardcore, casual, or new player, Turtle Beach has the broadest range of gaming headsets designed for gamers from all walks of life, and the all-new Recon 200 and Stealth 300 are the latest additions to the company’s robust lineup.

Louder is better in black and white. With the Recon 200, gamers get a sleek-looking new headset in black or white that delivers powerful amplified audio with enhanced bass. Whether you play on Xbox One or PS4™, the Recon 200 gaming headset delivers high-quality game sound and crystal-clear chat through 40mm speakers and a high-sensitivity flip-to-mute mic. Additionally, the Recon 200’s metal-reinforced headband and synthetic leather-wrapped memory foam cushions provide added durability and unmatched comfort. The Recon 200 has a rechargeable battery that delivers over 12-hours of gaming per charge, and features onboard controls for Master Volume, Variable Mic Monitoring, and for selecting between Xbox One and PS4™. The Recon 200 also works great with Nintendo Switch™, PC, and mobile devices with a standard 3.5mm headset jack, and will be available at retail this fall for a MSRP of $59.95.

Powerful sound. Unmatched comfort. Your ears will thank you. The all-new Stealth 300 incorporates many key features from this year’s top-selling headset in North America1, the Stealth 600, to give a superior new option for gamers looking to level-up their gameplay experience with a powerful wired headset. The Stealth 300 headsets for Xbox One and PS4™ deliver the quality and features gamers want, including a metal-reinforced headband, Turtle Beach’s unique ProSpecs™ glasses friendly design with memory foam ear cushions, a flip-to-mute mic with variable mic monitoring, and a 40-hour rechargeable battery. Additionally, the Stealth 300 for Xbox One is optimized to deliver Microsoft’s Windows Sonic for Headphones surround sound to further immerse gamers in their games, movies, and music. The Stealth 300 for Xbox One and PS4™ are planned to launch at participating retailers in July 2018 for a MSRP of $79.95.

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.”

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