Ultimate Home for Fandom Will Cover the Biggest Name in E-Sports Live from Europe's Biggest Trade Show for Interactive Games and Entertainment
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Wikia, the social universe of fandom for fans, by fans, today announced a partnership with the Electronic Sports League (ESL) at gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany from August 5-9. The partnership will include dedicated editorial coverage on ESL's website; an integration in ESL's social media giveaway programs; a large presence in the ESL Arena, home to the convention's e-sports competitions; and detailed post-event reporting from Wikia's knowledgeable base of superfans, including an ESL Arena highlight video.
"We are beyond thrilled to partner with the ESL this year to cover their amazing competitions and players at the gamescom ESL Arena," said Matthew Allen, Wikia's Director of Games Programming. "E-Sports is bigger than ever before and continues growing exponentially. It's important to Wikia to provide our community of superfans with access to competitions across a variety of thrilling games, featuring the best e-athletes in the world. By partnering with the biggest e-sports company in the world at gamescom 2015, we'll be doing just that."
gamescom 2015 is set to see ESL, the world's largest e-sports company, host over 15 games across two halls and award a sum total of over US$200,000 to e-sports champions from around the world. Featured games in the ESL Arena powered by Twitch include: StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™, Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™ League of Legends®, Counter-Strike®: Global Offensive, Battlefield™ 4, Halo® 5: Guardians, FIFA 15, SMITE®, Guild Wars® 2, S.K.I.L.L. Special Forces 2, FINAL FANTASY® XIV, SEGA®: Total War™ and more.
With more than 22K sq. ft. of booth space, 2 stages for live action with 400 seats, a 91 ft. LED wall and 96h of live production, the ESL has one of the largest booth presences at gamescom. As an official partner, Wikia will provide behind-the-scenes access and commentary as only they can, to their community of superfans around the world.
ABOUT THE ELECTRONIC SPORTS LEAGUE (ESL)
ESL is world's largest, independent eSports brand, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. This includes high profile international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Series, Starcraft II World Championship Series, Wargaming.net League Europe, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and TV production, fully catering to the needs of the eSport's ecosystem. With offices in Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China and North America, it has a truly global footprint. www.eslgaming.com
Wikia, the social universe for fans, by fans, is the home for social fandom and the ultimate source for powerful and relevant entertainment expertise. It is the definitive place for people to contribute to original sources of multi-media information around subjects they know and love. Using Wikia, anyone can form new communities around any subject or participate in over 300,000 existing communities by reading or contributing new content. With over 30 million pages of rich content, Wikia's communities are the most authoritative about any pop culture topic on the Internet. Wikia's game vertical (www.wikia.com/videogames) is a leading video-game focused network on the Web. Its movies, TV and books verticals (www.wikia.com/entertainment) are the fastest growing source of U.S. entertainment content around the world.
Launched in 2006 by founders Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, Wikia attracts more than 100 million global unique visitors per month and is ranked a Quantcast Top 30 and comScore Top 100 Internet site, as well as a Nielsen Top 10 social network. www.wikia.com or @wikia