TNL eSports Brand Tracker 025: Vodafone and Mousesports

TNL ESPORTS BRAND TRACKER 025: VODAFONE AND MOUSESPORTS

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 025: Vodafone and Mousesports (Photo: Mousesports)

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 025: Vodafone and Mousesports (Photo: Mousesports)

TNL Take: No you're not seeing double.

Yes, Vodafone announced their renewal of their partnership with G2 eSports.

Vodafone looks to double down on their European investment by also sponsoring team Mousesports

Vodafone will be involved with all of Mousesports teams, which includes Counter-Strike, Street Fighter V, Dota 2 teams and Vainglory, the usual branded content and exclusively on Vodafone's "Featured" magazine.

 

Yes this deal focuses on Vodafone's high speed broadband access but the lines between a mobile, internet, and content are quickly being blurred.

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 024: G2 eSports and Vodafone

TNL ESPORTS BRAND TRACKER 024: G2 ESPORTS AND VODAFONE

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 024: G2 eSports and Vodafone (Photo: G2 eSports)

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 024: G2 eSports and Vodafone (Photo: G2 eSports)

TNL Take: Top European team G2 eSports was one of the earliest Western teams to get sponsored by a Telco having worked with Vodafone last year with their League of Legends team.

G2 eSports has now extended their partnership on a global scale, in addition to adding a Vodafone CS:GO roster to their squad.

G2 eSports Vodafone Counter-Strike Team (Photo: G2 eSports)

G2 eSports Vodafone Counter-Strike Team (Photo: G2 eSports)

Vodafone also launched a TV show on MTV that gave a peek into the lives of G2 Vodafone players.

What you have in your pocket or purse is the most powerful communication device ever invented to date.

 

It's shocking that more Telco brands's haven't invested in eSports considering it's literally their exact target audience and that Purchase Intent vs. Traditional Sports is higher. Come on in, the water is warm.

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 023: T-Mobile and Twitch E3 eSports Arena

TNL ESPORTS BRAND TRACKER 023: T-MOBILE AND E3

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TNL Take: T-Mobile has been involved in Gaming for many years and I helped close their first social gaming sponsorship at Zynga.

T-Mobile Sponsorship In Zynga's Treasure Island (Photo: Zynga)

T-Mobile Sponsorship In Zynga's Treasure Island (Photo: Zynga)

Within eSports, T-Mobile sponsored team Evil Geniuses in 2014 and was part of ESL's event at Madison Square Garden in 2015.

T-Mobile and Evil Geniuses (Photo: Evil Geniuses)

T-Mobile and Evil Geniuses (Photo: Evil Geniuses)

In 2016, T-Mobile announced that their Binge On program would include content from YouTube Gaming, DailyMotion....and Azubu, which I called out as a risk at that time.

Azubu was sold in a firesale to Hitbox in May of this year.

Announced yesterday, T-Mobile's most recent partnership with Twitch at E3 looks a bit more promising.

T-Mobile will be the presenting sponsor for the Twitch eSports Arena at this year's E3 which will feature a fighting game genre tournament featuring Street Fighter V, TEKKEN 7, and Injustice 2.. 

In a smart move, each day of the 3 day activation will feature a different game.  T-Mobile is also allowing fans to vote for their MVP of each daily tournament as well via Twitter/Twitch hashtag #TMobileMVP.

 

Welcome back T-Mobile....now let's move more of that MLB budget over to eSports.

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 022: Pepsi Adrenaline Rush and Virtus.Pro

TNL ESPORTS BRAND TRACKER 022: PEPSI ADRENALINE RUSH AND VIRTUS PRO

Roman Dvoryankin (GM, Virtus.pro) and Anatoly Gordeev (Pepsi, Director of Marketing: Energy Drinks) (Photo: Virtus.pro)

Roman Dvoryankin (GM, Virtus.pro) and Anatoly Gordeev (Pepsi, Director of Marketing: Energy Drinks) (Photo: Virtus.pro)

TNL Take: Normally energy drinks (Red Bull, Monster) have been excluded as they've been in the "Endemic" category since starting TNL Brand Tracker. However this deal is unique for a few reasons.

First the deal itself: Pepsi's Adrenaline Rush brand signed a partnership with ESforce Holding, which owns Russian eSports team Virtus.pro.  The 1-year deal includes the usual jersey logo across their teams and athletes in Counter-Strike, League of Legends, Hearthstone and Dota 2.

Adrenaline Rush Gamer Branded Drink (Photo: Adrenaline Rush)

Adrenaline Rush Gamer Branded Drink (Photo: Adrenaline Rush)

Virtus.pro will also provide content marketing for both the team's and Adrenaline Rush's social channels as well as participate in brand marketing events. 

Here's why this particular deal is interesting:

  • Adrenaline Rush has been moving heavily into eSports recently: In 2016, the brand organized the nationwide Adrenaline Open Cyber Cup as well as the Adrenaline Cyber League for Pro's. 
Adrenaline Cyber League (Photo: Adrenaline Rush)

Adrenaline Cyber League (Photo: Adrenaline Rush)

  • It also has Brand targeted specifically to Gamers and eSports fans called Adrenaline Game Fuel
  • Pepsi's continues its support of eSports across a wide variety of products and sponsorships of teams, leagues, and events - more on this Soon™
  • The biggest one: Recently Red Bull announced their own League of Legends Challenger team.  Red Bull also sponsors different eSports teams as well as individual Athletes. What happens if hypothetically League of Legends announces that Monster Energy is the official league drink? What happens to the Red Bull team? What happens to Red Bull's eSports team deals? What happens to this deal with Virtus.pro?

 

As eSports league's become more formalized and start to slowly resemble traditional sports infrastructure, brand deals and revenue sharing will soon start becoming a bigger part of the conversation.