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Naming Rights to HyperX Esports Truck Unveiled in Time for CES 2019

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Multiyear Agreement with Allied Esports for North America’s First Mobile Esports Arena

 

In time for CES 2019, HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., and Allied Esports, a global esports entertainment company, announced a multiyear naming rights agreement for North America’s first mobile esports arena, now named HyperX Esports Truck. The truck, formally known as Esports Arena DRIVE, made its debut during CES 2018 and will return to the event next month at the Sands Convention Center to make its first 2019 appearance as HyperX Esports Truck.

Expanding HyperX’s presence at gaming, entertainment, lifestyle and music events around the country, the state-of-the-art, 80-foot, 18-wheel, 35-ton semi-trailer unfolds with a push of a button to reveal a self-contained mobile arena featuring a competition stage with full production facilities, a caster studio, social media center and VIP lounge.

In November, HyperX announced the naming rights to HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, and now with the mobile esports arena, the naming rights relationship between HyperX and Allied Esports continues to grow.

“HyperX is pleased to continue our relationship with Allied Esports,” said Daniel Kelley, director of corporate marketing, HyperX. “Having the HyperX Esports Truck, and beyond, gives us even more opportunities to reach gamers at tournaments, festivals and sports events in 2019.”

During CES 2019, HyperX will be showing new products including gaming headsets, mice, keyboards, RGB memory products, and its first HyperX USB microphone for streamers, influencers and casters. HyperX will announce a new gaming headset designed in collaboration with a Southern California headphone manufacturer, featuring fully immersive audio capabilities. The products will be demonstrated at The Venetian press suite and CES Unveiled and Pepcom Digital Experience press events.

Beyond the electronics show, Las Vegas visitors on the strip can now witness the newly revealed HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas and the new large signage installation on the Luxor Hotel. A time-lapse video of the HyperX logo going up for the world to see from air and land can be viewed here.

Inspired by the slogan “We’re All Gamers,” HyperX will also be debuting an innovative advertising campaign featuring HyperX esports, traditional sports and music ambassadors, incorporating their unique vision into the campaign. This campaign is expected to be seen on broadcast, digital and social channels in 2019.

HyperX CES events and activities:

HyperX Meeting Suite:

Jan. 7-10, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., at The Venetian Hotel Tower, Suite 30-236

CES Unveiled Media Event:

Jan. 6, 5 – 8:30 p.m., Mandalay Bay, Shorelines Exhibit Hall (Press Event)

Pepcom Digital Experience:

Jan. 7, 7 – 10:30 p.m., Mirage Hotel Conference Center (Press Event)

CES Esports Panel:

Daniel Kelley, director of corporate marketing, will provide insight on the “Esports: The New Playground for Marketers” panel

Jan. 8, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Aria Hotel, Tech South, Level 1, Joshua 9

HyperX Esports Truck:

The full-size mobile gaming truck will be at the Sands Convention Center and people will have the opportunity to test drive HyperX gaming accessories.

HyperX Esports Arena:

The newly named HyperX Esports Arena will greet visitors arriving by air or by land, and photo opportunities are available by the new arena signage on the Luxor Hotel.

HyperX recently announced achieving the No.1 position in PC gaming headset revenue in the U.S. for two years running, according to NPD. HyperX continues to support and expand its influencer roster by recently welcoming Post Malone, award-winning music superstar as the newest brand ambassador to join the HyperX family. Sports celebrity brand ambassadors include Gordan Hayward of the Boston Celtics, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Juju Smith-Shuster of the Pittsburg Steelers, Dele Alli of the Premier League and World Cup player, and De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings. Over 550 Esports players and gaming influencers are included in HyperX roster of ambassadors.

About HyperX:

HyperX is the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer, with the goal of providing gamers, PC builders, PC, console and mobile power users with high-performance components. For 16 years, the HyperX mission has been to develop gaming products for all types of gamers – high-speed memory, solid state drives, headsets, keyboards, mice, charging accessories for console players, USB flash drives, and mouse pads – to the gaming community and beyond. The award-winning HyperX brand in known for consistently delivering products that deliver superior comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability. HyperX gear is the choice of celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, and overclockers worldwide because it meets the most stringent product specifications and is built with best-in-class components. HyperX has shipped over 60 million memory modules and 5 million gaming headsets worldwide.

Join the global #HyperXFamily at facebook.com/hyperxcommunity, learn how HyperX products can enhance your console experience and boost performance for both you and your PC, console or mobile device at hyperxgaming.com. Whatever your skill level, whatever genres you play, we embrace all gaming enthusiasts everywhere with our core belief — We’re All Gamers.

 

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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How the NBA is Making Waves in eSports

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NBA 2K Esports League players use HyperX headsets. Photo Source: unsplash.com
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The National Basketball Association has just turned 73 years old and is one of the four major leagues for professional level sports in North America. Thanks to this age and prominence, it is often considered the world’s leading basketball league, with good reason. Whilst comprising of teams only from the United States and Canada, the NBA attracts many international players who join from every continent. In addition, the average NBA team is worth $1.9 billion, considerably more than teams in other leagues.

Expanding the Empire

The NBA is currently enacting a strategy to leverage its brand around the world, developing audiences in regions outside of the United States including the UK, Africa and China. As part of this it recently announced the launch of a NBA YouTube channel to stream games to sub-Saharan audiences.

The eSports Expansion

In 2017, the NBA and games developer Take-Two Interactive announced that 17 of the 30 NBA teams would be taking part in the inaugural NBA 2K eSports League. This list included big names like the New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. The first of these eSports games took place in 2018, using the NBA 2K video games. Like real life games, NBA 2K eSports League games are contested between two teams of 5 players, making use of the “Pro-Am” mode found in the consumer version of NBA 2K 2018.

Just like in real life basketball, the eSports teams are generally made up of the following types of player:

  • Point guard: generally taking the on court leadership role for the team, typically having the best ball handling and passing skills to assist in creating shots
  • Shooting guard: typically the best shooter on the team, tasked with exploiting these skills, particularly when shooting from behind the three-point line
  • Small forward: often considered the most versatile position of the five, the small forward often takes on the role of the shooting guard, but is more likely to score baskets from lay-ups or slam dunks in contrast to the shooting guard’s three-point shooting abilities
  • Power forward: a versatile role, similar to the centre, which requires shooting and defence skills against all types of players
  • Centre: typically the tallest players, defending against shots and collecting rebounds.

The “eSeason”

In the real world, the NBA Championship will be decided between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors in mid June. Currently, odds comparison site Oddschecker is ranking the Raptors as favourites to take the crown. However, the NBA 2K eSports season begins in spring and finishes in summer. This timing allows the NBA to have its brand utilised for a larger portion of the year, beyond the end of the traditional basketball season.

eSports has become a multi million dollar industry.  Photo by Anthony Brolin, License

 

First Mover Advantage

The NBA’s announcement in 2017 that it would be launching the NBA 2K eSports League meant that it was the first major sports brand in the United States to enter the world of eSports. In contrast, most other eSports leagues are organised by tech companies like Intel – or games companies like Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite. Therefore, if the NBA is successful it will have several years of development to build a loyal eSports fan base, before rivals such as the National Football League or Major League Baseball join the party.

Growing Already

After a successful first year, four additional real life NBA teams will be joining the NBA 2K eSports League lineup, bringing the total number to 21. These new teams are: the Atlanta Hawks, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Brooklyn Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves.The growth provides mutual benefits, since the teams will bring with them their own existing supporters who are more likely to follow their team’s eSports team, than an unknown entrant. In addition, the fans of eSports are likely to also gain a stronger interest in the real life team, buying merchandise and visiting games.

Live Streaming

Just as traditional sports leagues like the NBA have sold rights to air games on TV, the NBA 2K eSports League has signed a deal to have its games streamed live over the internet. The deal with streaming platform Twitch sees all games shown live, available to its audience of 15 million daily active users. The multi year streaming deal also includes commentary and analysis, just like you would expect from traditional TV coverage of any other sport.

The NBA 2K eSports deal is not Twitch’s first with the NBA. In December 2017, the two companies signed a deal that enabled Twitch to live stream games from the NBA G League, the official minor league, with up to 6 matches each week being distributed on the platform.

Sponsorship

Just like traditional sports leagues, the NBA 2K eSports League has signed a number of major sponsorship deals with large companies. Games are played on computers provided by gaming PC brand Alienware, using powerful processing chipsets supplied by Intel. Players use HyperX sponsored headsets and Scuf Gaming branded controllers. Teams also have their own sponsors, with their logos displayed on the teams’ in-game uniforms, just like in real life.

Conclusion

The growth in eSports has been massive, with large sums of money now being invested in creating leagues with all of the hallmarks of a traditional sport. In its quest to become a global sports brand, the NBA has been able to leverage its existing assets to create a large following in eSports, almost overnight. By launching the league in 2018 with 17 existing NBA teams, the NBA 2K eSports League already had loyal fans of 17 established sports clubs who would want to support them. Thus, it has a pre-made fanbase, huge financial assets and an established brand to leverage sponsorship deals and to use in negotiations when selling streaming rights.

In addition, the NBA’s venture into eSports is a significant opportunity to expand the reach of its brand into new geographic regions, as well as to new demographics that had not previously been interested in basketball. Even if a player does not become an avid watcher of NBA games, sales of the NBA 2K video game titles are also likely to benefit from the exposure of the NBA 2K eSports League.

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ReKTGlobal Acquires Greenlit Content

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ReKTGlobal, one of the leading esports organisation and the parent company of Rogue, has acquired Greenlit Content, a company that operates TwinGalaxies and Shacknews.

“Although we had a number of other offers from gaming and esports organizations, ReKTGlobal made the most sense for expanding our business and connecting with a global audience,” John Benyamine, CEO and Co-Founder of Greenlit Content said.

“Not only does the vision outlined by Dave and Amish embody our own, we are excited about the opportunity to integrate with the extremely impressive talent and esports roster that ReKTGlobal brings to the table,” Benyamine added.

The deal will bring together Greenlit Content’s media network, global GameDaily Connect conferences, gaming audience and brand partners that include the likes of E3, Comic-Con International, The Beard Club, Activision Blizzard and Dell.

“While esports is a big part of Greenlit Content’s portfolio, we also work with endemic and non- endemic brands across gaming and mixed reality. With the backing of ReKTGlobal, we can continue to grow the esports audience, while offering clients content marketing opportunities with built-in ROI across our network of sites, social, international game developer conferences and consumer-focused events across the U.S.” John Gaudiosi, President and Co-Founder of Greenlit Content said.

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Sterling.VC Launches Andbox Brand

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Sterling.VC has launched a new brand named Andbox to encompass its esports initiatives. In a release, Andbox is described as “the first multi-franchise esports organization to represent New York in the world’s preeminent esports leagues.”

In addition to overseeing those franchised teams, Andbox will also focus on hosting additional esports events in and around New York City, as well as creating content and developing original lifestyle and apparel products.

Andbox has appointed Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, co-founders of New York-based fashion label Public School, as the creative directors for its apparel offerings. The New York Excelsior previously collaborated with fashion brands such as Undefeated, Champion and New Era.

“Following the launch of NYXL and our new Call of Duty franchise, we’ve received a tremendous amount of support from our fans, but we recognize that New Yorkers—and gamers everywhere—are still hungry for a deeper, more meaningful connection to esports. We’re incredibly excited to launch Andbox to help people find exciting new ways to self-identify and express themselves as gamers,” Andbox co-founder Scott Wilpon said.

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