In another high profile partnership this week, AT&T has joined with Cloud9 for a large scale sponsorship that will include branding an original video series, sponsoring events and even coordinated efforts to expand awareness for the org outside of traditional Esports channels and into things like pro Basketball.
AT&T seems to be going father than the usual non-endemic sponsor does with their efforts to blend Cloud9 into the sphere of their partner portfolio as opposed to simply wanting to tap into the Esports demo themselves.
With the supposed impact that upcoming 5G networks will have on gaming, streaming and cloud applications it’s likely that AT&T wants to get a foot in the door now before the whole of the Esports demo begins to choose what mobile provider will usher them into the 5G future.
Could it be a sign of more to come? We’ll see. Here’s the full release:
WORKING WITH NORTH AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR ESPORTS ORGANIZATION, AT&T WILL BRING FANS CLOSER TO THE SPORT THEY LOVE
FANS EVERYWHERE WILL GET THEIR CLOUD9 FILL WEEKLY WITH NEW DIGITAL DIGEST ‘THE NINES’ PRESENTED BY AT&T
LOS ANGELES, March 4, 2019 – Continuing to evolve its corporate sponsorships portfolio, AT&T Communications has reached a new agreement with Cloud9 that will help AT&T grow its relationships with new and existing customers as it plays an increasingly involved role in the esports community.
One of the most prominent esports organizations in the world, Cloud9 has 12 teams across a variety of platforms and titles, including League of Legends, Fortnite, CS:GO, Apex Legends, and others. They’ve competed in more than 600 tournaments and built one of the largest and most engaged fanbases with 17.4 million social media followers.
“Teaming up with a company like AT&T, who has always prided itself on being ahead of the curve, is a tremendous moment for the whole C9 organization,” said Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Owner. “With what AT&T is bringing us, we’re going to be able to bring the fans so much more – more content, more access, more memes, and more championships. I can’t wait to see the incredible things we’ll do together.”
Later this year, Cloud9 will begin production on a new, weekly digital show providing team highlights, player profiles, a look at upcoming tournaments and other esports news from across the Cloud9 organization and its partners . AT&T will be the presenting sponsor of this new series called “The Nines.” Fans can catch the series on Cloud9’s digital platforms.
“We’re thrilled that Cloud9 has chosen to work with us to connect its fans to more of the moments they love, whether that’s at an event, at home, or on the go,” said Shiz Suzuki, assistant vice president, AT&T Sponsorships & Experiential Marketing. “Our sponsorship investments put our brand at the convergence of entertainment, technology and lifestyles. Cloud9 is thriving at that intersection, and we look forward to learning and growing with them.”
In addition to “The Nines,” this new relationship enables AT&T to deliver experiences that deepen its relationships with its customers, and to connect with esports fans across the country by offering a closer look at one of the top esports organizations in the world. At AT&T-sponsored esports events with Cloud9 athletes and at other events where Cloud9 teams play, AT&T will use its social media and other digital channels to bring fans inside the action.
There are additional opportunities that AT&T and Cloud9 will explore to integrate Cloud9 across AT&T’s corporate sponsorships portfolio, to create new experiences and to connect both organizations to new audiences. The evolving portfolio includes flagships like the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am that’s delivered history-making moments for decades, to more recent investments in esports, professional basketball and giving underrepresented voices a platform for premium content development and distribution.