Hitbox, home to millions of video game live streamers and esports enthusiasts from around the world, is deepening its expansion into the esports realm with three strategic partnerships. Two new agreements include: a two-year broadcasting deal for all ESL-produced esports content; and the exclusive live streaming rights for all Russian and Portuguese DreamHack content. Additionally, game developer and publisher, Wargaming, has announced it will broadcast its biggest esports event of the year, the World of Tanks Grand Finals, on Hitbox on April 8 and 9.
“We are delighted to partner with these influential organizations within the esports arena,” said Martin Klimscha, CEO and co-founder of Hitbox. “Working with ESL, DreamHack,and Wargaming provides our global community with the unique content they want, while at the same time allows us to expand to an even larger worldwide audience.”
Martin continued: “The new partnership with ESL could not have been signed at a better time. Not only did it enable us to broadcast the 10th anniversary of Intel® Extreme Masters, the longest running international esports tournament series, but for the next two years we will continue to offer ESL streams ranging from sold-out stadium competitions to online league matches. ESL fans will finally have access to the fastest, most advanced chat experience, and the highest quality video streams in the industry.”
The next ESL-organized event to be streamed under the new agreement is Wargaming’s biggest World of Tanks tournament of the year, The Grand Finals 2016. Hitbox will provide the official stream to its worldwide community in English, Polish, and Russian.
The partnership with DreamHack, the largest digital gaming festival in the world, stems from Hitbox’s massive popularity in the Russian and Portuguese regions. Esports is growing exponentially in these communities,and Hitbox will deliver the official streams exclusively.
“We are very proud to partner with such high-profile esports organizations who value and recognize the importance of our technology and dedicated community,” added Klimscha. “Esports is a driving force for the industry, and Hitbox is on the cutting edge with much more to come.”
Hitbox is the favorite online community for millions of gamers around the world. Home to the highest quality video game live streaming, the most advanced chat and interactive platform, and the most engaged community for streaming and talking about allthingsgaming, from competitive esports to new indie hits, Hitbox is the web’s virtual game room where gamers go to hangout. It is the only streaming service to offer a delay-free experience with resolutions up to 4K 60 fps. Hitbox’s state-of-the-art, HTML5 video platform and HTML5-based chat features allow unprecedented sharing and community involvement for broadcasters and viewers alike. Based in Vienna, Austria, Hitbox is available globally at hitbox.tv, as well as for iOS and Android. Official website: www.hitbox.tv.
ESL is the world’s largest esports company, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Series, StarCraft® II World Championship Series, 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 esports ecosystem. With offices in Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, North America and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint www.eslgaming.com.
DreamHack is the world’s largest computer festival. DreamHack’s core, and origin is the LAN party, with the two major festivals DreamHack Summer in June and DreamHack Winter in November. The events are a platform for esports knowledge and creative competitions, music acts, lectures by game developers, internet and game culture, cosplay, the fair DreamExpo and much, much more. DreamHack is also a production company with a focus on gaming, esports, music and arena productions for both traditional TV and the internet. During 2014, DreamHack had 104,000 visitors to its events and more than 15 million unique viewers who followed the live broadcast online. More information is available on www.dreamhack.se.
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped over 15 titles. Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that includes the armored World of Tanks, the flight combat World of Warplanes, and the naval World of Warships. The three intertwined titles form a common gaming universe integrated within the portal www.wargaming.net.
As part of its multiplatform line-up, the company has introduced World of Tanks on Xbox and World of Tanks Blitz on mobiles, tablets and Windows 10 PCs. Launched in 2014 and 2015, World of Tanks on Xbox introduced epic tank-on-tank battles to console gamers and offers the first cross-platform gaming experience between Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In 2016, Wargaming released World of Tanks for PlayStation®4, continuing its console campaign.
Official website: www.wargaming.com