Team Vitality announced this week that it has entered a six-month agreement with smartphone and gadget peripheral maker RhinoShield.
The alliance makes RhinoShield an official supplier of the team, and the company will produce smartphone cases featuring Team Vitality branding.
According to a release, all of the organisation’s players and ambassadors will be supplied the RhinoShield-produced items. This is RhinoShield’s first esports partnership, although it previously partnered with Ubisoft for Rainbow Six Siege-branded smartphone cases.
Fabien “Neo” Devide, President and Co-founder of Team Vitality, commented in a release: “We’re excited to team up with RhinoShield to create a cutting-edge, stylish one of a kind collection for our players and ambassadors to use and enjoy, and hopefully save a few smartphones in the process. At Team Vitality, we’re all huge fans of the products RhinoShield produces so for us it was a natural fit.”
Several branded RhinoShield smartphone cases are already available from Team Vitality’s online shop. The promotional image above also shows a Vitality-branded case for Apple’s AirPods, but they are not available for purchase at the time of writing.
Guillaume Pauthion, Brand Manager for RhinoShield France, added: “At RhinoShield, esports is one of our greatest passions. Thus, we were looking to step in that field for a while. As big supporters of Vitality and esports in general, we are particularly happy to announce this collaboration and to open a new chapter for our company. We put our heart into this collection, and we hope the fans will enjoy it as much as we do!”
Esports Insider says: Quality merchandise isn’t always a given with esports teams, so it’s great to see another reputable company jump into the fray. The first cases look slick; it’ll be interesting to see if more organisations pursue branded phone and gadget accessories.