Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced a brand new partnership with ESL‘s global ESL One tournament circuit. ROG will be the official PC and monitor provider for all ESL One events in 2019, providing players with the latest equipment on the market at each tournament.
The announcement comes amidst the ongoing ESL One Katowice Dota 2 tournament taking place at the prestigious Spodek Arena, Poland. Along with Katowice, the partnership will extend to five additional events across the globe, including Dota 2 and CS:GO events in Mumbai, Birmingham and Cologne.
Paul Brewer, ESL Senior Vice President of Brand Partnerships was incredibly pleased with the announcement, commenting that “our priority is having ESL One competitors playing with the latest generation technology and ROG helps us to achieve that.”
In addition to supplying pro players with the latest gear during each event, Republic of Gamers will also equip the ESL One analyst desks with their latest laptops to support and enhance the broadcast. Along with the Strix Hero II and SCAR II laptops assisting the production, ROG will also supply a range of back-office products for the ESL One team and be active on-site engaging with fans at every event.
The scale of this partnership is a first for ROG, and an exciting next step for the company. Regarding the opportunity, Vivan Lien, Head of Global Marketing for Gaming and Chief Marketing Officer at ASUS North America noted “ROG has been proactive in the competitive gaming space even before esports flourished back when LAN parties were more common, and it is an honour for us to be recognised by ESL today as one of the best gaming brands worthy of bringing the latest and greatest gaming gear to this year’s ESL One global circuit. ROG has always been dedicated to the gaming community and we look forward to this new partnership with ESL as an opportunity to support the esports industry on an international scale.”
You can follow all the ESL One Katowice action on Twitch, with the grand final taking place Sunday Feb 24th and $300,000 US (~£230,000) on the line.
Esports Insider says: A partnership of this scale is absolutely huge. Providing support and equipment not only for players but kitting out the broadcast and staff across multiple events shows a huge commitment from ROG. With seemingly tons of prize money on the line at Dota 2 events (not just The International), long-term, multi-tournament partnerships are key to maintaining Dota 2’s growth.