Complexity and US Army join forces for fifth consecutive year

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North American esports organisation Complexity Gaming has renewed its partnership with the US Army for a fifth consecutive year.

As a result of the renewal, the two parties will collaborate on Soldier Shakedown 5, a multi-title esports tournament for active-duty service members.

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Commencing in May, Soldier Showdown 4 will see players compete in Multiversus, Rocket League and Call of Duty: Warzone. The top players from each of the three titles will advance to a live event taking place at Complexity’s Lenovo Legion Esports Center in November.

The US Army and Complexity first partnered in 2019 in a deal that saw the organisation integrate esports into the US Army Installation Command’s Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) programme.

In addition to hosting the Soldier Showdown tournaments, Complexity’s World of Warcraft guild, Complexity-Limit, also has ties with the US Army. In April 2020, the guild partnered with the Army National Guard to create content around the Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI) tournament.

The organisation is no stranger to tournament operations. In March, Complexity hosted the Paradox Invitational, a VALORANT tournament aimed at female and non-binary teams and players. Alongside VALORANT, it also collaborated with content creator Clara ‘ClaraATwork’ Gomez to host a women-led Apex Legends tournament in November 2022.

Justin Kenna, CEO of GameSquare, spoke on the renewal: “Over the last four instalments of the Soldier Showdown, we have seen how friendly competition and community building can strengthen the bonds among our servicemen and women.

“We’re incredibly proud of our continued collaboration with the U.S. Army and are looking forward to expanding our partnership to make a positive impact on those who serve.”

Jonno Nicholson
Jonno is a Freelance News Writer for Esports Insider and has been part of the ESI team since 2019! His interests include the rapid rise of sim racing and its impact on the wider industry.