Esports media group Gaming Community Network (GCN) has announced a partnership with workspace provider Black Fire Innovation.
Through this deal, GCN plans to achieve several initiatives, such as producing collegiate esports tournaments as well as hosting and coaching content creators.
Drew Brunson, Vice President of Partnerships and Activations at GCN, commented: “The collaboration between Black Fire Innovation and GCN will further esports innovation to create more opportunities and collaboration in the broader video gaming industry.”
Black Fire Innovation was created through a partnership between casino entertainment company Ceasars Entertainment and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
The partnership sees GCN will contribute to the curriculum of an esports and gaming master class series for UNLV students to gain experience within the industry. Other brands will also be encouraged to engage with GCN’s programmes at Black Fire Innovation’s facilities.
Bo Bernhard, Ph.D., Interim Associate Vice President for UNLV Office of Economic Development and Executive Director of UNLV International Gaming Institute, also commented: “One of the missions of Black Fire Innovation is to advance the hospitality and gaming space as we know it today – through creativity, entrepreneurship, and the acceleration of new technologies. GCN is an emerging thought leader in the global esports community, and we are delighted to collaborate with them at Black Fire Innovation.”
Black Fire Innovation’s facilities also accommodated GCN and Van Wagner’s Collegiate Esports Invitational that took place earlier this year.
Esports Insider says: Through this partnership, GCN continues to develop North America’s collegiate esports scene. The combination of GCN’s industry expertise with Black Fire Innovation’s facilities is set to provide memorable esports and gaming experiences for students and external brands.