This week in the ever expanding esports industry we’ve seen news from football clubs from Denmark to Germany with Brondby IF signing a deal with Vertagear and Bayer 04 Leverkusen entering esports for the first time.
Elsewhere we’ve seen more news from the NBA 2K League (and we’ve no doubt there’ll be plenty more of that over the next few weeks), Super Evil Megacorp signing a new partnership and plans for an esports facility at the home of none other than the Sacramento Kings. Read on below, and remember to sign up to our ESI Dispatch newsletter to stay on top of things.
Bayer 04 enter esports
Bayer 04 Leverkusen became the latest Bundesliga club in esports this week by signing local lad Marvin Hintz. The club has gone the way of FIFA only (for now at least), but has partnered with Daniel Luther to help things run smoothly. Luther is the MD of KiNG eSports.
Super Evil Megacorp partner with Razer
Vainglory developer Super Evil Megacorp has partnered up with Razer in big, big mobile esports news this week. The two collaborated for the launch of its phone in the UK, over in San Francisco and at DreamHack Winter in Sweden. Evidently this collaboration went well, and the two will work more closely with a ‘strategic partnership’ to help bolster mobile esports.
“Super Evil Megacorp and Razer share the same fundamental belief, that gamers are gamers no matter the device they play on, and deserve the best experience that technology has to offer,” said Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of Super Evil Megacorp. “We’re honored to partner with Razer at a very exciting time, to further advance our mission to bring the best gaming experience possible on mobile devices.”
Sacramento Kings to create dedicated esports facility
The Sacramento Kings have this week unveiled their plans for a dedicated esports facility and content studio inside of Golden 1 Center.
The training facility, broadcast center, and gamer lounge inside the arena will be used for the team’s upcoming NBA 2K League team as well as future Kings Gaming teams. Read more about the impressive plans here.
Vertagear becomes Official Chair Supplier of Brondby IF
Danish side Brøndby IF announced this week that their esports players will soon be sitting comfortably after the club reached an agreement with Vertagear for the latter to become its official Gaming Chair Partner. Vertagear is already well known in the esports space and partners include Echo Fox, Virtus Pro, Evo and more.
Qwatti Esports Agency worked on making this deal happen. Find out all the details here.
FIFA 18 will be one of the titles in Gfinity’s next series
A big announcement from Gfinity this week with the revelation that FIFA 18 will be one of its three titles in the new series. This current season has seen action from Rocket League, CS:GO and Street Fighter but we can now assume that one of these will be dropped.
Gfinity’s third Elite Series season kicks off in March 2018 with Challenger Series qualifiers getting underway in January. Here’s more information about what we know right now.