H4X, an esports apparel brand, has appointed Cole Gurman, the son of founder Jon Gurman, as their new CEO.
Jon will stay on with the company as chairman with a focus on strategic licensing partnerships and retail intiatives.
Regarding Cole, the newly appointed CEO will bring a financial background and “millennial mindset” to the apparel brand, with an emphasis on improving player performance.
“As a young rapper and musician I was very into fashion and my father [Jon Gurman] being who he is, I was pretty much de facto merchandiser at a young age,” Cole Gurman said.
“Esports is a young space,” said Gurman. “I think it’s to your advantage, having a millennial mindset behind you, especially if you’re trying to build a brand that derives inspiration from gaming and pop culture. I believe that played a critical role as to why [I was chosen for CEO]. There were many moving variables that attributed to my new role, and the synergy between my eye for fashion and field of study certainly carried weight…”
Cole Gurman is aiming to expand the company’s offerings while also strengthening its mission statement of improving player performance, and elaborated on that goal in his statement.
“Securing key collabs and finding synergies with different brands that are specialized and focused in their field will allow us to broaden our product mix,” he said. “For example, sneakers, backpacks, or headwear – products that align with our brand from both a performance and aesthetic standpoint. You can also expect us to activate co-branded entertainment, music, and character collaborations as well as integrated technology.”
Cole also spoke about his father’s impact on the industry, as well as his new role moving forward.
“My father’s pedigree in the apparel industry is absolute, and as chairman, he has a critical role to play. With his 40 years of supply chain management experience and key relationships with top quality manufacturers worldwide, he enables Moniker to achieve healthy margins for our omni-channel distribution.“
“Procuring key partnerships and heading up our retail initiatives comes to natural to him. All of this to say, having him focus on what he does best will continue to put the company in a fortuitous position. Overall, I’m lucky to have a strong team behind me, including strategic partners like Bitkraft and all of its portfolio companies and management team, notably, Jens Hilgers.”
TGS Esports Announces Formation of Discover Management
TGS Esports has officially announced the creation of their full-service management company Discover Management, which is intended to “help esports influencers, content creators and players realize their full value”.
“At TGS we are working with creators on a daily basis” TGS Esports Co-founder and CEO Spiro Khouri said in an official press release. “One constant we have dealt with is that creators love creating but may not have the experience with brand deals or legal matters. We’re helping creators legitimize their career path and guiding them through that process. At the same time, we’re able to connect our partner brands with creators to create mutually beneficial relationships.”
“We understand the value that content creators bring to the table” Justin Simpao, General Manager of Discover Management stated. “At the same time, we can help influencers deal with niche situations that arise from the growing ecosystem of influencer business. This includes curating partnerships, innovating ways to help our creators grow their personal brand, and handling the complex administrative details such as self-incorporation and finance management.”
2021 M2 World Championship Taking Place in Singapore
Moonton has officially announced that the 2021 Mobile Legends Bang Bang World Championship will take place in Singapore in January 2021, and will be held offline and behind closed doors.
“Mobile Legends traces much of its global success today to its roots in Southeast Asia and MOONTON is very pleased to bring this great news to gamers everywhere with much thanks to the support of the Singapore government and our industry partners” Justin Yuan, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Moonton said in a press release. “This will be our most exciting event ever as our top players embark on this epic journey to battle it out in Singapore.“
Moonton will be teaming up with the Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) for the event.
“The team at SCOGA and myself are very humbled to be working with the wonderful team at MOONTON along with local government agencies and industry partners” Nicholas Khoo, Co-Founder of SCOGA added. “Hosting one of the world’s biggest events right here in Singapore not only gives hope to so many esports fans in a time of unprecedented disruption, it also provides many opportunities to Singaporeans and encouragement to pursue their dreams and aspirations.”
Riot Games Announces Live Media Will Broadcast Legends of Runeterra
Riot Games has officially announced that Wisdom Gaming Group will handle the broadcasting in North American for their Legends of Runeterra esports competition events running into 2021. Wisdom Gaming Group will produce Legends of Runeterra broadcasts under its Giant Slayer brand.
“We’re excited to facilitate tremendous competition with our Legends of Runeterra Seasonal Tournaments in North America” Chris Greeley, Riot Games’ Director of Esports and Commissioner of the LCS said in an official statement. “Based on Wisdom and Giant Slayer’s proven history of accomplishments, we’re confident they’ll help us deliver something truly special to players over the course of multiple tournaments and broadcasts.”
“We’re thrilled to continue working with Riot to build the competitive Legends of Runeterra community” Ian Anderson, SVP of Wisdom Gaming said. “Much like Teamfight Tactics, this brilliant CCG is core to the evolution of our internal brand, Giant Slayer, and our on-going partnerships with Riot in both titles will help to catalyse the great esports moments that are yet ahead of us as both fans and players.”
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