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Lavazza with Fnatic to debut into the esports industry with the “Icons of Italy” Campaign

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Lavazza enters the world of esports with purpose-driven, interactive in-game experience that celebrates coffee and the Italian spirit.   

Lavazza and Fnatic, the leading global esports organisation, today announced a partnership to launch the “Icons of Italy” Campaign that brings a custom, co-branded map to the Fortnite game. This first-of-its-kind collaboration marks Lavazza’s innovative entrance into the esports industry in an engaging, unique and disruptive way.

The campaign features professional Fortnite player and streamer, POW3R, telling the lifestyle journey of Lavazza and Fnatic through an interactive in-game experience. Players engage through a custom map called “Icons of Italy” that begins at POW3R’s mansion and where they’ll compete to complete the course as fast as possible.

The timed map is presented to the player as a true experiential journey through Italian culture, symbolically represented by coffee-themed customisation and references to the Lavazza A Modo Mio brand. What makes it truly representative are the Lavazza headquarters in Turin, the Nuvola signed by architect Cino Zucchi, and symbols of Italian cultural heritage such as the Colosseum. The map will have two additional levels added over time. Players will then submit their best runs by posting videos using the hashtag #IconsofItaly and tagging Lavazza, POW3R and Fnatic on Instagram or Twitter.

“We are delighted to announce this collaboration with Fnatic because it represents an important debut for Lavazza in a sector that is experiencing considerable growth, and we could not have hoped for a better partner”, said Carlo Colpo, Group Marketing Communication Director and Brand Home Director. “Esports and gaming is an interesting, challenging world, perfectly in line with the brand’s desire to relate to young people through tools and languages that are more appropriate to them”.

“Fnatic and Lavazza share the same values including a strong sense of heritage, a passion for work ethic and an unrelenting drive to be the best,” said Craig Santicchia, Partner Development Director, Fnatic. “This partnership is a taste of what’s to come from our two brands as we continue pushing boundaries and activating inside the most relevant platforms for Gen Z. Helping Lavazza enter the industry in a fun, disruptive way via these digital experiences shows that the only limitation is our imagination.”

The first prize winner with the fastest time will win a digital meet and greet with POW3R held via Zoom, along with a bunch of co-branded products. The second and third prize winners will receive the co-branded products and Fnatic Gear.

Looking ahead, this partnership will culminate in a two-part documentary that chronicles POW3R’s rise to professional esports stardom, merging the cinematic world with gaming. The documentary will uncover how he, with the support of Fnatic and Lavazza, transformed the Italian market to make gaming a part of mainstream culture. The documentary will be available on December 16 on Fnatic’s Youtube channel.

POW3R will officially kick off the “Icons of Italy” campaign tomorrow, November 11th, live streaming his first run on the custom co-branded Fortnite map via Twitch.

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Ubisoft and PayPal Renew Partnership for Rainbow Six Esports Tournament

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Rainbow Six Siege developer Ubisoft has extended its partnership with major payment platform PayPal until September 2022.

The collaboration is centred on Rainbow Six Siege esports competitions, including both European and North American leagues, their regional Finals, the Six Majors, and the Six Invitationals, along with the Rainbow Six World Cup.

Geoffroy Sardin, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at Ubisoft, said:

“We are happy to welcome back PayPal as a key partner to accompany us as we keep on growing our Rainbow Six Esports scene. PayPal highly contributed to the success of our previous esports leagues and events, and we’re confident they will continue offering the great experiences and content we envision for our community.

“We are excited to kick off our collaboration with the European League Finals and North American League Finals this January and to unveil the full extent of the partnership over the months to come.”

Jill Cress, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at PayPal, said:

“Video games are at the heart of the digital industry and are expected to grow continuously to $200 bln in the coming years.

“On its own, esports already accounts for an audience of more than 92 million enthusiasts in Europe and is expanding at a fantastic pace with unprecedented community engagement. We are happy to collaborate with Ubisoft once again to offer to their community new and exclusive experiences.”

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Fnatic Announces Multi-Year Partnership with Jack Link’s To Power Gamers Through Their Grind

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Leading esports organisation Fnatic, today announced a multi-year partnership with Jack Link’s, a global leader in branded protein snacking and the world’s largest meat snacks manufacturer.

After a successful activation in 2019, Fnatic and Jack Link’s EMEA have teamed up again to enable gamers across Europe to power through their grind without compromising taste or nutrition. By having access to Fnatic’s massive network of fans and players, this partnership will allow Jack Link’s to expand its reach across EMEA and establish the brand as the primary protein snack for gamers.

Fnatic and Jack Link’s will work together to give gamers, whether beginners or competing on the world stage, the tools they need to achieve their personal goals. From providing plenty of the high protein Jack Link’s products, through to the development of content, in-game activations, online and physical tools as well as story-telling from the pros, every aspect of this partnership will be centred around enabling gamers to power through their grind.

Selecting Jack Link’s as Fnatic’s first global snack partner represents the company’s continued commitment to maximising and enhancing esports performance, while prioritising the health and wellbeing of its players. The Jack Link’s logo will be featured across the right sleeve of all Fnatic team jerseys immediately, and across the right sleeve of the retail jersey from May.

“In fast-paced online competition, gamers need a consumable respite that gives them the energy to get through their grind,” said Neil Walker, Partnerships Manager at Fnatic. “At Fnatic, we have a performance-first philosophy to ensure gamers are always playing at their best. All of Jack Link’s snacks are made with 100% beef, are high in protein and have less than 80 kcal per serving.”

Gamers have a reputation for snacking on sugary, greasy food that lacked nutrition which often results in an adverse impact on their performance. This collaboration unlocks gamers’ full potential by providing them with the quality, protein-rich fuel needed to power through intense gaming sessions, and play to their maximum potential.

“When it comes to nutrition, we are actively encouraging our players to eat in a way that will improve their performance in competitive games,” said Jens Hofer, Performance Director at Fnatic. “Providing them with snacks is extremely important, especially considering how long and intense gaming can be. A high protein, no-nonsense type of snack like Jack Link’s is the best option for us.”

Jan Pieter Schretlen, Managing Director Jack Link’s EMEA, said that snacking while gaming is an exciting area for the brand. “Our products are the perfect snack, no matter if at home or on the go, at work or during leisure time activities such as gaming. Beef Jerky is a natural source of protein, giving lasting energy and hence supports endurance.” He continued in saying, “we want to be a true partner, supporting gamers on all levels and building relationships both in competitive as well as amateur gaming.”

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Former HelloFresh Founding Member and VP of Operations & Product appointed as Skrmiish CEO

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Luke Grob, the former HelloFresh founding member and VP of Operations & Product, has been appointed as Skrmiish’s Chief Executive Officer.

As a business strategy and operations expert who specialises in early-stage business growth, Grob has been appointed to lead the company’s ambitious growth targets, starting with global launch of the Skrmiish app in January 2021.

Speaking about his new role, Grob said: “I’ve spent much of my career working with high growth companies with large addressable markets and the potential of Skrmiish is enormous. The explosion in gaming is well documented and Skrmiish is perfectly positioned to be a genuine disruptor in the space. I am looking forward to working with the team to make Skrmiish a powerhouse in the global competitive gaming space.”

Grob’s commitment to scaling companies with big ambitions stems from an innate passion about understanding the numbers that drive ventures.

Grob joined Rocket Internet in 2012 and took a leading position in the HelloFresh UK founding team, holding multiple roles including the Director of Global Operations and VP of Growth & Innovation, supporting its growth from infancy to Europe’s fastest growing business (FT 2017), expanding the team exponentially and seeing turnover move from single digits to +£300M in less than three years, before a successful IPO (ETR:HFG) in year six. HelloFresh is now valued at over $11B.

He went onto become Head of Growth at REEF Technology (Backed by Softbank Vision Fund) which pioneered the transformation of underutilized urban spaces and Dark Kitchen Industry, scaling their early operations across the UK and US and helping securing a +$950M investment to fuel growth in the US. Over the past three years Grob has been a mentor at Techstars, is an advisory board member to multiple early-stage businesses as well as EMEA Expansion and Growth Consultant at TemperPack.

Grob is a champion at driving big business growth in prospering industries and believes that Skrmiish is one such venture.

Chris Heaton, co-founder of Skrmiish had this to say about Grob’s appointment: “I am thrilled and proud to be able to welcome Luke to the company. He is someone with a proven track record of helping companies in early-stage growth go on to become phenomenal success stories. Having Luke at the helm with his exceptional experience and expertise will ensure we set out and deliver on our ambitious growth plan through 2021 and beyond. His arrival is quite the coup for Skrmiish and signals our intention to become a global name in gaming.”

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