Esports : Real Sports or not?

Whether you’re a gamer or not, you must have heard of the term Esports. What is it exactly and why is rapidly taking the world by storm?Like regular sports, Esports is centered around a competition, but it doesn’t involve as much athleticism like you need in football, basketball, or baseball. It involves running, jumping, fighting, but they all happen in the virtual world. Simply put, Esports means competing to be the best player(s) in a video game.

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B2B Movie Placements: What to Expect?

Article | July 13, 2022

As films evolved into the popular medium that they are today, brands followed suit. They took advantage of a large network of new ways to market, from print media to radio to television. Product placement, a part of branded entertainment marketing, became more common from the 1980s. Today, every moviegoer is familiar – sometimes painfully – with paid product placements. And every marketer has heard commentary on both good and bad B2C product placements. But what about B2B movie placements? Ever heard of those? If you are a B2B enterprise looking to try it out, here are some major differences between B2C and B2B movie placements: Impress the producers Create an enticing pitch for the producers, which can influence them enough to bring them to the creative department. Sell your brand or product to them (indirectly) to help them understand how it will improve the realism of their scene or set. Make them realize how your product or service can help them. Placement isn’t always ‘placement’ Prospective B2B buyers aren’t going to squint their eyes to find your product while watching a movie. However, they might actually remember your brand if you host pre-opening events around the world for them and their families to watch a popular movie. If they enjoy the movie and establish an emotional connection with it, they will definitely think of you while making any kind of purchase decision. Things might not work out No matter how hard you try to show your brand in a good light in a certain scene or situation, sometimes things happen that you can't control or ignore. In such cases, you might have to get all the branding out instead of settling for negative publicity, which could be a viable option for a B2C brand. B2B Movie Placement: A Success Story FLIR, a client of Hollywood Branded, is the leading provider of thermal military camera equipment. It co-starred in one of Warner Brothers' biggest hits of 2018, Rampage. FLIR connected with the right member of the production team and ensured that the brand was pictured in a positive light. FLIR shared its technology with the filmmakers and got advertised to its business customers, mostly film-loving decision-makers, through the movie and the way it was shot. The film earned $427M at the worldwide box office.

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UGC vs. Premium: Is the video valuation bubble big enough to burst?

Article | August 3, 2022

The market disconnect between the proliferation of independent content creators and the consolidation of brand IP into the hands of ever-fewer major players is growing increasingly stark. On the one hand, independent artists are the fastest-growing sector of the music market. User-generated content (UGC) has proved a huge success during lockdown for the likes of TikTok and Roblox. The traditional brand celebrity spokesperson has ceded ground to the influencer, and even they to the micro-influencer. Content proliferation has driven increasingly niche content to niche audiences, finding smaller fan bases to resonate with instead of attempting the now nigh-impossible cut-through to mainstream popularity. This is the paradox of small: the long tail accounts for a growing share of content consumption, but the fractional economics of on-demand environments means that those in the long tail earn too little to be economically sustainable. Access to the means of distribution may have been democratised, but access to meaningful rights income has not.

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Technologies, Virtualization

This time Amazon really does have Bond in its sights

Article | August 2, 2022

MGM, which holds the largest film and TV library in Hollywood, is finally in play – and likely to be acquired by tech major and video streaming behemoth Amazon. With a rumoured price tag of $9 billion, the deal, while substantial, is merely equivalent to 8.3% of Amazon’s Q1 2021 earnings of $108.5 billion. Indeed, the 44% year-on-year (YoY) increase for its Q1 results alone would pay for the deal more than four times over. When it comes to investment capital to deploy, the tech majors led by Amazon and Apple are in a financial class of their own. This is the kind of deal that helps to explain why AT&T was so keen cut its losses and incur a $66 billion loss on its Warner Media assets by merging the former Time Warner media major with Discovery for $43 billion in cash and receiving 71% in equity in the new combined entity in return. It also follows on from Amazon’s 15.4x increase in what it is willing to pay to secure exclusive NFL Thursday Night Football coverage for its US Amazon Prime customers.

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4 Stocks To Buy To Invest in Virtual Reality

Article | June 13, 2020

The virtual reality market has been hailed as the "next big thing" for decades, but VR has repeatedly disappointed consumers with mediocre hardware products and software experiences. But in recent years, a wave of refined devices narrowed the gap between consumer expectations and reality. The VR market's future has yet to be written, but investors who believe in this budding market should consider buying these four tech stocks. Sony's PlayStation VR is the best-selling VR headset in the world with over 5 million shipments since its launch in October 2016. That only represents a sliver of Sony's installed base of 110 million PS4s, but that foothold has encouraged developers to produce more stand-alone VR games and add-on experiences for PS4 games.

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HyperX in Collaboration with Influencer Valkyrae Announces Third HX3D Personalized Keycap

Businesswire | May 15, 2023

HyperX, the gaming peripherals team at HP Inc. and brand leader in gaming and esports, today announced the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap – Mika the Shiba will be available starting Friday, May 19. As the third HX3D personalized keycap drop, the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap features a unique and adorable design inspired by Valkyrae's furry friend Mika. As a must-have for gamers and fans of Valkyrae and Shiba Inu dogs alike, this personalized keycap demonstrates HyperX’s continued commitment to innovation and collaboration within the gaming community. As the inspiration behind the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap, Mika the Shiba Inu is now a fun keyboard accent or collectable and forever keepsake. Involved in every step of the design process and showcasing her personal touch, Valkyrae worked closely with the HyperX team to create the keycap to be included in the HyperX HX3D collection. The keycap features Mika holding a dagger in his mouth symbolizing Valkyrae’s love for swords and a red collar – a nod to 100 Thieves. “I loved bringing Mika to life as a 3D keycap with HyperX,” said Valkyrae, HyperX ambassador and influencer. " I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve created.” Collaborating with game developers, esports teams, content creators, influencers, and internal creative teams, HyperX plans to continue to deliver fan-friendly 3D personalized products that can be used while gaming or collected as keepsakes or cherished collectibles. HX3D 3D printed products are produced on HP Inc. 3D printers as part of the growing cooperation with HP Inc., leveraging their experience and bringing synergy, innovation and color printing skills to gaming. HyperX’s personalization products are manufactured using re-used powder nylon. Availability The HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap – Mika the Shiba – will be available in the U.S. only through HyperX.com starting Friday, May 19, at 9 a.m. PDT at Hyperx.com for 48 hours or until supplies last. The price for this keycap is $19.99. Be sure to catch Valkyrae’s “best friend” before Mika is gone. Once the HyperX limited edition keycaps are sold out, they won’t be available again. For more information, please visit the HX3D product page. Pricing from HyperX.com is subject to change without notice. Retailers’ pricing may vary. About HyperX For 20 years, HyperX’s mission has been to develop gaming solutions for every type of gamer and the company is consistently recognized for delivering products that provide superb comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability. Under the tagline of “WE’RE ALL GAMERS,” HyperX gaming headsets, keyboards, mice, USB microphones, and console accessories are the choice of everyday gamers as well as celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, streamers, and influencers. Visit www.hyperx.com. About HP HP Inc. is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life. Visit http://www.hp.com. Editor’s Note: For additional information or executive interviews, please contact Mark Tekunoff, HP Inc., 17600 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley, CA USA 92708, mark.tekunoff@hyperx.com or Hyperx_PR@hyperx.com. HyperX and the HyperX logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of HP Inc.in the U.S. and/or other countries. All registered trademarks and trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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VERITAS Entertainment establishes advertisement-focused deal with Anzu

Anzu.io | August 26, 2020

Berlin-based esports venue developer VERITAS Entertainment has entered a partnership with in-game advertising platform Anzu. The deal will see them collaborate to offer enhanced brand integration to advertisers looking to promote their products within games and esports tournaments. In March, VERITAS raised $10 million (£7.55M) in funding to open the LVL gaming establishment in Berlin. More recently, Israeli-based startup Anzu recently won The Clutch Digital 2020 at ESI Digital Summer.

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VY Esports Launches EDGE, Partners With GameStop and UPROXX

VY Esports | July 23, 2020

Global gaming and esports company VY Esports has launched a cultural and entertainment platform called EDGE. EDGE, an acronym for ”Experiential Development for Gaming and Esports,” is designed to create and connect “communities of casual gamers.” Partnering with GameStop, UPROXX, and presenting sponsor American Eagle, the premiere event for the platform will debut July 25 at 12 p.m. PST on GameStop’s and UPROXX’s Twitch channels. The virtual event will feature myriad groups including those from the Los Angeles gaming community. Industry influencers, players, pro players and others will offer insights, guidance, and lessons on how to get into the gaming and esports space, according to the announcement. In addition to the information being provided, EDGE will also feature a live Madden NFL 20 gaming event in partnership with the North American Collegiate League.

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HyperX in Collaboration with Influencer Valkyrae Announces Third HX3D Personalized Keycap

Businesswire | May 15, 2023

HyperX, the gaming peripherals team at HP Inc. and brand leader in gaming and esports, today announced the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap – Mika the Shiba will be available starting Friday, May 19. As the third HX3D personalized keycap drop, the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap features a unique and adorable design inspired by Valkyrae's furry friend Mika. As a must-have for gamers and fans of Valkyrae and Shiba Inu dogs alike, this personalized keycap demonstrates HyperX’s continued commitment to innovation and collaboration within the gaming community. As the inspiration behind the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap, Mika the Shiba Inu is now a fun keyboard accent or collectable and forever keepsake. Involved in every step of the design process and showcasing her personal touch, Valkyrae worked closely with the HyperX team to create the keycap to be included in the HyperX HX3D collection. The keycap features Mika holding a dagger in his mouth symbolizing Valkyrae’s love for swords and a red collar – a nod to 100 Thieves. “I loved bringing Mika to life as a 3D keycap with HyperX,” said Valkyrae, HyperX ambassador and influencer. " I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve created.” Collaborating with game developers, esports teams, content creators, influencers, and internal creative teams, HyperX plans to continue to deliver fan-friendly 3D personalized products that can be used while gaming or collected as keepsakes or cherished collectibles. HX3D 3D printed products are produced on HP Inc. 3D printers as part of the growing cooperation with HP Inc., leveraging their experience and bringing synergy, innovation and color printing skills to gaming. HyperX’s personalization products are manufactured using re-used powder nylon. Availability The HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap – Mika the Shiba – will be available in the U.S. only through HyperX.com starting Friday, May 19, at 9 a.m. PDT at Hyperx.com for 48 hours or until supplies last. The price for this keycap is $19.99. Be sure to catch Valkyrae’s “best friend” before Mika is gone. Once the HyperX limited edition keycaps are sold out, they won’t be available again. For more information, please visit the HX3D product page. Pricing from HyperX.com is subject to change without notice. Retailers’ pricing may vary. About HyperX For 20 years, HyperX’s mission has been to develop gaming solutions for every type of gamer and the company is consistently recognized for delivering products that provide superb comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability. Under the tagline of “WE’RE ALL GAMERS,” HyperX gaming headsets, keyboards, mice, USB microphones, and console accessories are the choice of everyday gamers as well as celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, streamers, and influencers. Visit www.hyperx.com. About HP HP Inc. is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life. Visit http://www.hp.com. Editor’s Note: For additional information or executive interviews, please contact Mark Tekunoff, HP Inc., 17600 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley, CA USA 92708, mark.tekunoff@hyperx.com or Hyperx_PR@hyperx.com. HyperX and the HyperX logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of HP Inc.in the U.S. and/or other countries. All registered trademarks and trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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VERITAS Entertainment establishes advertisement-focused deal with Anzu

Anzu.io | August 26, 2020

Berlin-based esports venue developer VERITAS Entertainment has entered a partnership with in-game advertising platform Anzu. The deal will see them collaborate to offer enhanced brand integration to advertisers looking to promote their products within games and esports tournaments. In March, VERITAS raised $10 million (£7.55M) in funding to open the LVL gaming establishment in Berlin. More recently, Israeli-based startup Anzu recently won The Clutch Digital 2020 at ESI Digital Summer.

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VY Esports Launches EDGE, Partners With GameStop and UPROXX

VY Esports | July 23, 2020

Global gaming and esports company VY Esports has launched a cultural and entertainment platform called EDGE. EDGE, an acronym for ”Experiential Development for Gaming and Esports,” is designed to create and connect “communities of casual gamers.” Partnering with GameStop, UPROXX, and presenting sponsor American Eagle, the premiere event for the platform will debut July 25 at 12 p.m. PST on GameStop’s and UPROXX’s Twitch channels. The virtual event will feature myriad groups including those from the Los Angeles gaming community. Industry influencers, players, pro players and others will offer insights, guidance, and lessons on how to get into the gaming and esports space, according to the announcement. In addition to the information being provided, EDGE will also feature a live Madden NFL 20 gaming event in partnership with the North American Collegiate League.

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