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Ebullient Gaming exclusively ties up with AKEF; bags influencer management mandate of SIGMA talent

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Ebullient Gaming, one of India’s first and leading talent management agencies, have exclusively joined hands with the AKEF to manage and accelerate the growth of around 24 big gaming talents from their talent roster of Sigma Gaming which has a massive viewership of 10 million plus on a monthly average.

AKEF PLAY PVT LTD is one of the largest gaming communities in Kerala. Having started as a niche platform, with an aim to provide better exposure to the gamers from the state, AKEF has grown into a strong community of one lakh-plus that not only provides support to serious gamers but also goes beyond esports and look into talent and event management. And now, through this partnership with Ebullient Gaming will be focusing on building a robust gaming ecosystem and leveraging the brand value of gaming influencers and the esports athletes of Sigma Gaming with their efficient talent management services.

“We have a community made up of the gamers, by the gamers for the need in the gaming ecosystem. Ebullient Gaming, being a front-runner in the gaming talent management sector, will provide enormous opportunities for our hidden talents in Kerala to come to the limelight. With a common vision, we are entitled to give maximum support and act as a catalyst to bridge the gap between budding talents and brands. With this partnership, we aim to create national footprints for ourselves as well as our players and creators,” said Amal Arjun, Director of AKEF.

Ebullient Gaming, an influencer marketing and management agency—led by Anirudh Nagpal, co-founder and CEO, and Aman Garg, co-founder and COO—envisions the growth of the esports & gaming industry while being one of the enablers in the process. The agency has created an influencer marketing roadmap for many gaming talents in the past with the association of some of the top international brands such as NBA, Gillette, One Plus, Huawei and many more.

Sharing the excitement on their latest partnership, Anirudh Nagpal, Co-Founder and CEO of Ebullient Gaming, said: “We have always strived to provide the best talent management services to our gaming influencers, helping them financially to succeed in their gaming career. Being an agency that excels in planning talent needs, an event arm, and a creative agency vertical that works with the biggest brands and talents in gaming, we are extremely delighted to have an exclusive association with AKEF and look forward to offering a stabilised career to big gaming talents from Sigma Gaming. With a common vision of helping gaming streamers to flourish and achieve greater traction in the ecosystem, this association will surely reach its ultimate fruition. The partnership will help AKEF to expand even more and we can explore deeper bonds in the southern part of India as an agency.”

“The Indian esports market is expected to triple in size by 2025, from Rs 250 crore today, to Rs 1,100 crore, representing a compounded annual growth rate of 46 percent, demonstrating how quickly esports is growing in India” added Aman Garg, Co-founder and COO, Ebullient Gaming.

AKEF has so far conducted more than 200 competitions across various games like Clash of Clans, FIFA, BGMI, Call of Duty and Pro Evolution Soccer. With a huge number of talented streamers, it also organises community tournaments regularly and acts as a talent incubator.

Krishna Narayan, who heads Brand Partnerships at Ebullient Gaming said, “This is going to be a fantastic collaboration. It will benefit both gaming companies and will create several prospects for future collaborations. Working on this project will be terrific.”

As per the mandate, Ebullient Gaming will handle queries and concerns of all the gamers, ensuring that they have a pleasant and smooth experience in their upcoming opportunities.

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React Gaming to Offer LOOT.BET Esports Wagering Skin via HHRP in the Philippines

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Generationz Gaming Entertainment, a subsidiary of the React Gaming Group, has signed a white label revenue sharing agreement with HHRP Inc to operate LOOT.BET’s esports wagering platform in the Philippines, pending successful certification of the LOOT.BET platform by Gaming Laboratories International.

“We are thrilled to have HHRP as a partner for the Philippines market, HHRP being one of only four companies holding online gaming licences in a country of more than 109 million people,” Laurent Benezra, President and CEO of React Gaming, said.

“This agreement is part of our two-pronged growth strategy to expand LOOT.BET’s reach into the B2C and B2B markets. The advantage of the B2B market is that LOOT.BET’s platform will be offered to established customer bases, thus involving no customer acquisition cost on our part. Our partner will offer our white-label platform as its own to its customers and we will receive a portion of the revenue generated when those customers use the platform. The more popular our platform, the more revenue it will generate. The great thing about this model is that we can replicate it in multiple markets and with multiple online gaming providers at minimal cost,” Laurent Benezra added.

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Subway and Guild Esports Celebrate First Year of Game-changing Partnership

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Subway and global esports company Guild Esports are celebrating their first year of a successful brand partnership. The EMEA-wide partnership engages Gen Z consumers with esports and gaming activations. So far, the collaboration has generated nearly 9000 posts and streams, and over 1800 hours of exposure time, and more coming from Subway and Guild, soon.

Just over a year ago, Subway launched a two-year EMEA-wide brand partnership with Guild Esports, the global esports business co-founded by football star, David Beckham.

As esports continues to grow across the world, with an audience of over 450 million in 2021, expected to rise to 570 million by 2024 (according to market research firm Newzoo), this market is a way for Subway to connect with Gen Z consumers.

But there’s more to Subway’s partnership with Guild than esports alone. It also helps Subway to promote its belief in nutritious food, choice, and variety, to an audience that doesn’t always eat as healthily as they could.

David Beckham set up Guild Esports to take a holistic view of its players’ wellbeing – not only advancing skills in gaming, but also taking care of good nutrition, physical and mental wellbeing. With over 80% of gamers eating or drinking while playing (Newzoo), Guild hopes to promote a healthy relationship between gamers and food. And this aligns with Subway’s values of helping consumers make better and healthier choices.

“It’s great to have Subway on board to help us educate gamers and esports players. We are currently working closely with Subway’s nutritionist to further develop our Health and Nutrition section on our Academy platform, aiming to equip young players with the tools and knowledge needed to improve their relationship with food. The lessons will cover everything from healthy habits around nutrition, improving relationships with food and the benefits and dangers of common nutrition supplements in esports. Keep an eye out on our Academy and Guild social channels for more game-changing content,” Luke Hall, Nutritionist at Guild Esports, said.

“One year on, our partnership with Guild has become a powerful asset across EMEA. We’ve turned it into a far-reaching and multi-dimensional asset with many opportunities for our franchisees to engage local consumers. Esports is a new area for Subway, and we are enjoying the journey. And as Guild is an esports organisation which talks so passionately about nutrition, they offer us a unique and well-rounded partnership,” Louise Wardle, the EMEA VP of marketing for Subway, said.

“It has been great to work with Subway as our brand has grown and we’ve built the range and reach of our activities. We are also excited about the future direction of Guild Academy which has a huge focus on the holistic wellbeing of gamers and are pleased to be working so closely with Subway on the development of our Health and Nutrition section. One year on, it’s been quite a journey and we are now set for our next burst of growth. So, look out for more exciting activity with Subway in EMEA in 2022 and beyond,” Michelle Tierney, CCO at Guild Esports, said.

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Challengermode signs deal with KRAFTON, Inc. to host new grassroots PUBG Esports initiative

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Challengermode signs deal with KRAFTON, Inc. to host new grassroots PUBG Esports initiative
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Challengermode, a leading global esports platform, today announced its partnership with KRAFTON, Inc. to be the official platform partner for the PUBG NextPro series – a tournament series giving grassroots esports players the chance to experience pro play in a professional esports setting.

For the remainder of 2022, the best amateur PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) PC gamers in Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa will be able to prove themselves in weekly tournaments that will feed into monthly leaderboards with prizes. These week-by-week competitions give esports hopefuls the chance to play like the pros in a continuous competitive experience all on one centralized platform.

This initiative will see KRAFTON, Inc. use Challengermode’s automated esports platform for the PUBG NextPro esports events – ensuring that competition at the grassroots level keeps up with the development seen across Western Europe, Middle East and North Africa for pro-level leagues and events. It will also bolster KRAFTON, Inc.’s efforts to expand the amateur playerbase of PUBG Esports after the transition of the title to free-to-play.

Robin Svensson, Esports Partnerships Manager at Challengermode, said: “We’re delighted to bring KRAFTON, Inc’s grassroots PUBG initiative to life on Challengermode.Together with one of the most popular IPs in the world we are creating a bedrock ground for players looking to ascend to higher tiers of PUBG-endorsed tournaments, which aligns perfectly with Challengermode’s goal of making esports truly accessible for all. We look forward to working closely with KRAFTON, Inc. on this series of competitions and other collaborations in future”

Erin Hughes, EMEA Esports Manager at KRAFTON, Inc. added: “Our main goal for this initiative is to inspire those who have recently taken up PUBG to take the plunge and embark on a new journey through the PUBG Esports ecosystem. Partnering with Challengermode has allowed us to create this grassroots competitive experience, and we look forward to working closely together over the coming months to make this tournament a success, attract new PUBG Esports fans and deliver something that players look forward to returning to again and again.”

 

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