Hitbox partners with VfL Wolfsburg to combine esports and football

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Austria – April 14th, 2016

Hitbox partners with VfL Wolfsburg to combine esports and football

– Watch and compete against FIFA 16 stars SaLz0r and DaveBtw in exclusive streams –

Following a partnership with VfL Wolfsburg, fans of FIFA 16 will be able to tune in every Thursday to live streams on Hitbox from two of the world’s best FIFA players – Benedikt ‘SaLz0r’ Saltzer and David ‘DaveBtw’ Bytheway.  Hitbox’s partnership with VfL Wolfsburg and its FIFA 16 players will help connect the fans of esports, football and FIFA 16 in a unique and interactive way, furthering growth and interest across all three audiences.

VfL Wolfsburg, one of the largest and most successful football clubs, made headlines last summer when it signed its very first esports athlete Benedikt ‘SaLz0r’ Saltzer to compete for the club in one of the most promising, upcoming esports titles: FIFA 16. Saltzer, a four-time FIFA champion in his native Germany,  has now been joined at the club by David “DaveBtw’ Bytheway as it continues its innovative approach to sports both on and off the pitch.

The popularity of FIFA 16 is undeniable, with millions of players worldwide – in the first 16 days following its release gamers played an amazing 326 million matches and clocked up 1.5 billion hours playtime.  The weekly VfL Wolfsburg FIFA streams will allow fans to compete against and watch both SaLz0r and DaveBtw on the official VfL Wolfsburg channel, or each player’s individual Hitbox channel:

  • Beat the Pro: Face these two FIFA Pros for a chance to win an exclusive VfL Wolfsburg esports t-shirt
  • Classic FIFA Stream: Watch the FIFA 16 athletes prepare for upcoming events and tournaments
  • FIFA Ultimate Team: Witness the two players building their own dream team
  • Become a Pro: Let the Pros teach you how to choose the perfect tactic and how to get better in the game in general

As a fan of VfL Wolfsburg and football in general, a clearly delighted Martin Klimscha, Hitbox CEO and co-founder commented on the new partnership: “We are excited for our new partnership with VfL Wolfsburg which enables us to bring a variety of exclusive FIFA 16 eSports content live to Hitbox. This puts Hitbox into a leading position to grow with the popularity of the game and club. In return, VfL Wolfsburg will have the opportunity to give their two signed esport athletes more exposure and connect them to their fan community on the most advanced online streaming platform available.”

Martin continued:  “The most important characteristic that VfL Wolfsburg and Hitbox share is our common goal of driving industry-wide innovation forward. Last summer, the German sports club made big waves by signing an official FIF16 esports athlete under their banner, and therefore entering the esports realm as the first sports club ever, incredible!“

The official VfL Wolfsburg FIFA streams commence every Thursday at 18.00CET on the following channels


About Hitbox
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 all things gaming, from competitive esports to new indie hits, Hitbox is the web’s virtual game room where gamers go to ha ngout. 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.

About VfL Wolfsburg
In 2015, VfL Wolfsburg celebrated its 70th anniversary as a sports club. During the hardships in 1945, people had an enormous desire for sports and soccer. Out of that desire, a thrilling history with a lot of highlights developed. Today VfL Wolfsburg is the leading group of the German National Soccer League, maintaining a positive attitude both on and off the pitch.

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