Movers and SHAKERS
Cleveland Cavaliers Team Up With Esports Entertainment Group to Become Official Esports Tournament Platform Provider in Multi-Year Deal
Newark, New Jersey and Cleveland, Ohio--(Newsfile Corp. - May 26, 2021) - Esports Entertainment Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMBL) (NASDAQ: GMBLW) (or the "Company") have announced a multi-year partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers ("Cavs") to be the NBA franchise's official esports tournament platform provider. As part of the new multi-year agreement, the Company will operate three co-branded esports tournaments annually for the Cavs utilizing its Esports Gaming League ("EGL") platform.
"Our EGL platform continues to gain strong traction among top-tier professional sports franchises," said Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group. "We are delighted to announce the Cavs as our first NBA team partnership. Our robust tournament platform will help the Cavs strengthen connections with their fans, while providing new avenues for engagement."
As a proud partner of the Cavs, Esports Entertainment Group will receive courtside LED signage at all Cavs regular season home games during the upcoming 2021-2022 season and will be the presenting partner of an annual esports themed night. Esports Entertainment Group will leverage the Cavs ongoing digital marketing efforts spanning social, email, mobile, and online channels to promote the tournaments. The partnership also includes Cavs Legion GC, the team's NBA 2K League affiliate, with brand exposure on the player's physical jerseys and virtually in-game. Cavs Legion will also host an upcoming NBA 2K tournament operated by EGL.
"The growing popularity of esports provides a great opportunity for our team to create deeper connections and engagement with our fans," said Matt O'Brien, Cleveland Cavaliers vice president, global corporate partnerships. "We think these tournaments will be very popular with our fans and a fun way to compete in an entertaining and social environment with gamers from across the world."
"Working with the Cavs and other top teams in the NFL, NHL, and more provide a strong validation of the quality of our robust platform and its ability to meet the demanding needs of large-scale, high-profile deployments," said Magnus Leppäniemi, President of Esports at Esports Entertainment Group.
EGL enables live and online events and tournaments where gamers can compete and enjoy a wide range of content relating to esports and video games on a proprietary technology platform. Services include full turnkey esports events, live broadcast production, game launches, and online branded tournaments.
About Esports Entertainment Group
Esports Entertainment Group, Inc. is an esports and iGaming company. The Company maintains offices in New Jersey, the UK and Malta. For more information visit www.esportsentertainmentgroup.com.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship in 2016 while also taking the Eastern Conference crown in 2007, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The team plays at, and also operates, the newly transformed, publicly-owned Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers are regularly recognized for their extensive community support and engagement programs and contributions, workplace diversity and inclusion leadership, and an on-going economic impact that now registers in the billions of dollars locally. Dan Gilbert is Chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gilbert and his family of companies have now invested over $2.0 billion in Cleveland. Gilbert is also Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans, Inc. the nation's largest mortgage lender, and Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments. Len Komoroski is the Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse CEO and Nic Barlage is the Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse President of Business Operations. The Cavaliers team is led by General Manager Koby Altman and Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff. The Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse provide fans the best experience in the NBA with its extensive and stunning array of amenities and technology and signature, electrifying game presentation. The Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FIeldHouse are part of Rock Entertainment Group. The Group also includes the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL, the Canton Charge of the NBA G League, Cavs Legion of the NBA 2K League, Legion Lair Lit by TCP home of Cavs Legion in Cleveland, and Cleveland Clinic Courts - the Cavaliers' training and development center in Independence, Ohio.
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