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BenQ ZOWIE Official Gaming Monitor of the 2017 MLG Pro Circuit

COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 17, 2017 — ZOWIE, BenQ’s eSports brand, today announced its partnership with global eSports leader Major League Gaming (MLG) by becoming the official gaming monitor sponsor for the 2017 MLG Pro Circuit Season. Engineered to create the ultimate competitive gaming experience, the ZOWIE RL2455 and the RL2460 console eSports monitors will be the featured sponsorship products at the Call of Duty® World League tournaments.

The MLG Dallas three-day tournament and finals for Call of Duty World League is set for March 17-19 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Halls C, D and E, in Fort Worth, Texas. The event kicks off this weekend, where 16 qualifying international teams and more than 160 open-bracket teams will compete for a $200,000 prize pool. The competitors will battle it out on the ZOWE RL2460 eSports console monitor, and visitors will be able to experience ZOWIE products in the ZOWIE booth all weekend.

Tickets for MLG Call of Duty World League Dallas Open at Fort Worth Convention Center are available on the MLG Store. Every single match will also be streamed live on MLG.tv. For the full lineup of ZOWIE gaming gear, please visit Zowie.BenQ.com.

Activision Blizzard Launches New Content for MLG ESport Streaming Platform

NEW YORK, NY. – May 12, 2016 – Today at the 2016 IAB Digital Content NewFronts, Activision Blizzard Media Networks (ABMN), a division of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced the launch of new content, broadcast experiences and distribution partnerships for its MLG.tv streaming platform.

MLG.tv debuted its Enhanced Viewing Experience (EVE) at the event, a High-Definition video stream with a built-in algorithmic system that provides viewers with match statistics, up-to-the-minute leaderboards, and situational insights based on the competition they are watching.

Steve Bornstein, Chairman of Activision Blizzard Media Networks and Former CEO of ESPN took the stage to introduce the network’s host, veteran broadcaster and retired professional gamer Chris Puckett. As host of MLG.tv’s daily ESR broadcast, Puckett will be producing up-to-the-minute premium highlights, interviews and news segments for a new generation of sports fan.

“We’re building a network dedicated to the thrill of competition and the passion of the fans,” said Steve Bornstein, Chairman Activision Blizzard Media Networks, “MLG.tv will play a defining role in realizing the full potential of this audience by creating meaningful, memorable and shareable content.”

“Esports is a cultural phenomenon at its tipping point, and we’re excited to work with the IAB to bring this message directly to advertisers as part of the 2016 Digital Content NewFronts,” said Mike Sepso, SVP Activision Blizzard Media Networks “The size of our digital network, coupled with our insights into this audience’s viewing habits, put us in a unique position to educate the advertising industry on how to safely target these viewers and reach them on their platform of choice.”

ABMN will launch this content and more during the MLG Anaheim Open, a two-day Call of Duty®: Black Ops III tournament set to kick off on June 10, 2016. The MLG Anaheim Open will also be the inaugural event as part of a deeper collaboration with Facebook. The collaboration will allow MLG.tv to broadcast live competitions and deliver ESR content to the 1.6 billion people on Facebook.

“Esports is an exciting space and continues to be a growing priority for us,” said Dan Reed, Head of Global Sports Partnerships for Facebook. “With over 1.6 billion people on the platform and a growing suite of VOD and live streaming products that partners can use to increase engagement, Facebook is uniquely positioned to help esports fans connect around exciting moments and great esports content. We’re thrilled to be working with Activision Blizzard Media Networks, a leader in esports, to help fans enjoy and share a variety of exciting new formats and programming on our platform.”

ABMN’s NewFronts presentation opened with a video showcasing the division’s record-breaking live championship held last month at Nationwide Arena. Sepso and Puckett were joined by Josh Cella, ABMN’s Head of Sales, to present the new content and advertising opportunities to a packed house at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square.

BenQ to Bring Amazing ZeroFlicker Monitors to MLG Spring Championships


IRVINE, Calif. — June 27, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced that as the official gaming sponsor of Major League Gaming (MLG), it will be unveiling its new ZeroFlicker™ Technology at the 2013 MLG Spring Championship held in Anaheim, Calif., June 28-30. Designed with gamers in mind, the new technology is engineered to eliminate traditional LED flicker issues in monitors, supporting eSports enthusiasts in longer gaming sessions by providing more comfort during competitive play. 

First available on BenQ’s new XL2420TE monitor — available to the public in July before being gradually incorporated into all BenQ gaming monitors — ZeroFlicker Technology provides a new direct lighting system that enables gamers to practice during longer periods thanks to improved LED comfort. As a result, eSports athletes and amateur gamers alike are able to experience fast, flicker-free gaming on devices that are built specifically for the requirements of today’s competitive gaming situations where speed, comfort, and control are paramount to success. 

We know from our relationship with pro gamers that achieving greatness means dedicating hundreds of hours to practice time,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for BenQ America Corp. “With this commitment to gamers in mind, we developed our new ZeroFlicker Technology, which aims at providing eSport athletes with the ability to participate in longer gaming sessions without compromising comfort. We look forward to seeing today’s top players put our technology to the test at this year’s MLG Spring Championship and are extremely proud to be unveiling this exciting new innovation at such a premier event.”

At the MLG Spring Championship, gamers will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes by playing Call of Duty®: Black Ops II, League of Legends®, and StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™. Thousands of spectators will take part in the event at the Anaheim Convention Center while thousands more will watch online at http://store.majorleaguegaming.com, where spectator, VIP, and HD online passes can be purchased for the thrilling three-day tournament event. Top eSport athletes will compete using BenQ’s RL2450HT and RL2455HM gaming monitors, while the company also introduces its all new XL2420TE monitor. 

Designed by legendary gamers to meet the specific requirements of competitive gaming, the new XL2420TE brings an ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate to speed up frames-per-second and blazing-quick 1ms GTG response time for faster pixel rates, synchronizing action without any latency to give players complete control over their gaming experience. With the introduction of BenQ’s new ZeroFlicker Technology to help extend playing time and give gamers more edge, the monitor also combines a 12 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio, true black color, and a unique de-flickering backlight circuit controller for a zero-flicker view. Even after lengthy gaming sessions, the XL2420TE enables a more comfortable, alert, and focused experience for serious eSports enthusiasts. 

To give players a competitive edge, the XL2420TE also features BenQ’s Black eQualizer, which enables total gaming visibility by allowing gamers to adjust brightness without over-exposing white levels — revealing critical combat details with improved visibility in darkened areas. To accommodate individual viewing preferences, the Display Mode allows gamers to switch between nine monitor screen sizes, including 17-inch (4:3), 19-inch (4:3), 19-inch widescreen (16:10), 21.5-inch widescreen (16:9), 22-inch widescreen (16:10), 23-inch widescreen (16:9), 23.6-inch widescreen (16:9), 24-inch widescreen (16:9), and 27-inch widescreen (16:9), while Smart Scaling enables players to adjust the screen on-the-fly to virtually any custom size without impacting controller sensitivity. 

For even more control without compromising playing speed, gamers can customize and save display setting presets directly onto the monitor’s S Switch. This allows players to switch swiftly between customized display settings for gaming as well as entertainment using the stylish controller’s scroll button, facilitating fast navigation and adjustment of the device’s OSD settings.

Additional information on the MLG Spring Championship is available at www.majorleaguegaming.com/competitions.

Information on the full line of BenQ gaming monitors is available at Gaming.BenQ.com.

SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition Mouse Now Available

The SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition Gaming Mouse is now available online in the SteelSeries Web Shop for consumers in the U.S. and Canada.  Available for $99.99, the SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition mouse features a state of the art 32 bit ARM processor and an on-mouse LCD display and menu, which allows users to quickly and easily set, store and configure profiles and settings directly on the mouse.  The best, premium-quality laser sensor makes this mouse the fastest on the market, with true hardware based sensitivity settings from 1 to 8,000 CPI, and an “overclocked” double CPI feature that allows the user to go all the way up to 16,000 DCPI – a setting that is ideal for multiple monitor use.   The sensor boasts 10.8-megapixel image correlations at up to 12,000 frames per second and the ability to handle tracking movements of up to 150 inches per second. For more information about features, check out http://steelseries.com/mlg.


SteelSeries Announces MLG Edition Sensei Gaming Mouse

From SteelSeries: SteelSeries is proud to announce the next phase of our partnership with Major League Gaming (MLG)! Today, we’re excited to introduce the SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition Gaming Mouse. The SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition brings competitive players the best-in-class hardware as well as a s well as a color design and surface that was chosen in cooperation with the MLG community – based on interviewing visitors at the MLG Winter Championship in Columbus.

Key features include: a 32-bit ARM processor that allows for advanced SteelSeries ExactTech calculations to be done directly on the mouse, easy driverless setup at tournament computers via an on mouse LCD display and menu, and the newest, premium-quality sensor, which increases the CPI to 8,200 and 16,400 DCPI.

The mouse will be available beginning this August, however for attendees and players coming to the MLG Spring Championship in Anaheim, CA, on June 8-10, they’ll be the first to get an advanced look and a chance to pre-order. You can check out the full press release below. I’ve attached images and included a link to our video that we’ve created with the folks at MLG.

Turtle Beach and MLG Announce Partnership and E3 Presence

VALHALLA, NY –  May 31, 2012Turtle Beach, pioneers and market-leaders of the gaming headset category, and Major League Gaming (MLG), the world’s largest competitive video game league, today announce a multi-year product and marketing partnership under which Turtle Beach will develop the official headsets and audio equipment of Major League Gaming. The first official products offered under this partnership will be MLG versions of the all-new Ear Force XP7 and Z7 MLG Pro Circuit Programmable Surround Sound Headsets for console and PC play, along with the Ear Force TM1 Tournament Audio Mixer.  Slated for release in Fall 2012, working prototypes of these exciting new game audio products and others from the Turtle Beach line will be available for preview in Turtle Beach’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) booth; Los Angeles Convention Center South Hall #2447, from June 5 – 7, 2012. MLG Pro Players will be on hand to help introduce the new products, with appearances in the Turtle Beach booth daily from 2-3 p.m. PT.

Developed specifically for console and PC tournament use, the XP7 and Z7 headsets significantly raise the bar for tournament and competitive online multi-player performance. The most technologically advanced headsets on the market; they are part of the new SEVEN Series line of high-performance gaming lifestyle audio products offered by Turtle Beach. Working in partnership with MLG, Turtle Beach plans to release final versions of the XP7 and Z7 headsets and TM1 audio mixer at MLG Pro Circuit competitions later this year. Complete details regarding Turtle Beach’s line of official MLG Pro Circuit Products will be issued in the coming months.

XP7 and Z7 headsets will feature Turtle Beach’s acclaimed Programmable DSP Technology for the ultimate in customized immersion and competitive advantage, making the XP7 and Z7 some of the most precise and powerful tournament headsets on the planet. Ongoing collaboration by Turtle Beach and MLG will deliver unique audio presets customized for specific tournament games, maps and levels that can be loaded onto the XP7 and Z7. These and many others will be available for download via Turtle Beach’s Preset Community Portal.

The SEVEN Series is the ultimate “Swiss Army knife” of headsets for passionate gamers on the move.  Using a variety of unique cables and connectors, the SEVEN allows gamers to effortlessly move from console or PC to smartphones, tablets or portable gaming devices.  A removable boom microphone, optional in-line mic with multi-function controls, lay-flat ear cups and much more, combine with a dramatic new design and stellar audio performance to offer the features that avid gamers demand.

Turtle Beach will also preview working prototypes of its new TM1 Tournament Mixer. Developed as the ultimate audio mixer for console and PC LAN tournaments, game centers or home use, the TM1 enables crystal clear communication for up to six individual players. Additional options allow a single unit to deliver three versus three team play, the chaining of units for up to 12 audio channels, a broadcast feed and numerous other competition features. Combined with the XP7 and Controller, the TM1 represents the single most powerful revolution in game tournament audio.

“At Major League Gaming, our mission is to create the most competitive environment in e-Sports,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO of MLG. “We look forward to working with Turtle Beach and to utilizing the XP7 and Z7 headsets and TM1 mixer at our Pro Circuit events and offering exciting new audio products to our fans.”

“Quality audio is a competitive advantage whether you play at home or in a tournament,” said Bob Picunko, Turtle Beach’s Chief Marketing Officer. “This partnership allows our audio engineers and MLG’s tournament experts to work closely to deliver the best possible, high performance tournament equipment for professional competitors and gamers at all levels.”

The marketing and product partnership between Turtle Beach and MLG intends to deliver more unique and exciting game audio products, new technologies and lifestyle excitement in the coming years.

BenQ Teams Up With MLG Pro Circuit

IRVINE, Calif. — March 21, 2012 — BenQ America Corp. today announced that it is the official gaming monitor sponsor of Major League Gaming (MLG), the world’s largest competitive video game league for the 2012 MLG Pro Circuit season. Kicking off March 23-25 at the 2012 MLG Winter Championships in Columbus, Ohio, top PC gamers from around the world will compete using BenQ’s RL2450HT monitor, designed specifically for professional gaming and engineered to meet the specific needs of eSports athletes as well as deliver a supreme real-time strategy (RTS) gaming experience. Console games will be played on the BenQ GL2450HM monitor.

More than 1000 players will compete for their share of $200,000 in prizes and tens of thousands of spectators will watch the tournament at the Columbus Convention Center. Hundreds of thousands of fans will view the competition online at www.majorleaguegaming.com via six live HD streams.

“We are truly proud to be a part of the 2012 MLG Pro Circuit and to support prominent players from all over the world,” said Lars Yoder, President of BenQ America Corp. “This is a great opportunity to show our commitment to the gaming community with our professional gaming monitors. The RL Series monitors were built based on the latest display technologies and BenQ-exclusive gaming features that meet the unique demands of eSports tournaments, as well as participating athletes. We can’t wait to see them in action as gamers put them to the ultimate test in this world-class tournament.”

“Our RL and GL Series monitors have already earned their stripes at tournaments in the U.S. and abroad, but this major championship puts them front and center in a high-stakes, high-profile competition,” added Bob Wudeck, Director of Retail and e-Commerce at BenQ America Corp. “We’re excited to bring out the RL2450HT 24-inch-wide LED monitor and show off its cutting-edge features designed specifically for the pro gamer.”

The RL2450HT was engineered in conjunction with ZOWIE GEAR, a manufacturer of high-end professional gaming gear, as well as with input from the world-class StarCraft® II professional gaming team, STARTALE, which is sponsored by BenQ. The resulting monitor provides unprecedented levels of command, control, accuracy, and enjoyment for top-level RTS gamers.

The BenQ RL2450HT was built exclusively for gaming with a 60Hz refresh rate for smooth movement, an LED light engine for great color and low power consumption, and a 2ms GtG response time with 12 million to 1 contrast ratio. Proprietary BenQ enhancements on the RL Series professional gaming monitors give gamers a competitive edge over players on other gaming monitors. The RL Series RTS Mode maximizes StarCraft II visibility and optimizes color, while its Black eQualizer enables total visibility by allowing gamers to adjust the screen brightness without over-exposing white levels, in turn revealing critical combat details with improved visibility in darkened areas. The RL Series Display Mode allows gamers to interchange between monitor screen sizes, while the Smart Scaling feature gives them the freedom to manually scale the screen to any custom size, from 17 to 24 inches, depending on their preferences. In addition, the unit’s adjustable height stand allows for optimal screen positioning.

The 24-inch-wide GL2450HM monitor is an ideal choice for console gaming platforms, featuring brilliant LED backlighting, a dynamic contrast ratio of 12 million to 1, and a 2ms GtG response time that yields high dynamic videos without ghosting or other artifacts.

Supporting competitive gaming, BenQ will offer the monitors used in the tournament at a special price to fans, with the RL2450HT models being available at $249 (regularly $329) and the GL2450HM models at $179 (regularly $249).

Additional information on the MLG Winter Championships is available at www.majorleaguegaming.com/competitions/30.

Information on the full line of BenQ gaming monitors is available at gaming.benq.com.

SteelSeries Announces Partnership with MLG

SteelSeries has announced that they have entered into a partnership with the Major League Gaming association to develop a new line of gaming keyboards, mice, and more. The product line will be unveiled during the 2012 MLG Pro Circuit season.

“We strongly believe in and support what MLG has been building in the U.S. for the past nine years,” said Kim Rom, SteelSeries CMO. “The SteelSeries brand has become synonymous with professional gamers; from our peripherals’ quality and design to the technology and specifications that we believe gives players the edge to win.  This partnership with MLG is a natural fit, the MLG events are the finest in the industry and we are excited to announce and kick things off.”