Esports is big business. Some estimates claim the global esports economy will exceed $1B this year and it shows no signs of slowing down. Viewership it up. The prize money at key events continues to increase. And all sorts of gaming and sports-related entities are finding ways to get in on the action.
Just yesterday, ASUS – or more specifically its Republic Of Gamers group – announced that it has partnered with ESPN to be the official hardware sponsor of EXP, an esports gaming series created by the network.
“We’re thrilled to have ROG as a key sponsor of our first-ever EXP esports event series,” said Kevin Lopes, director of business development, ESPN. “Together, we’re able to serve both the athletes and fans with a unique and high quality playing and viewing experience, and we look forward to continue doing so for the next two events at The ESPYS and X Games.”
Republic of Gamers (ROG) by ASUS had already sponsored ESPN’s inaugural EXP event at the Collegiate Esports Championship, which took place in May of this year. Moving forward under the new partnership, ROG will supply competition-ready gaming hardware, namely the ROG Strix GL12CX gaming desktops and ROG Swift PG248Q gaming monitors, for upcoming tournaments happening over the next few weeks.
The ROG Strix GL12CX systems that will be used at the events are liquid-cooled and factory-overclocked gaming desktops, powered by NVIDIA’s Turing-based GeForce RTX 2070 GPU. A high-end GPU like the RTX 2070 is necessary to push high framerates out to the display with popular esports titles, to help keep input lag to a minimum. Speaking of the display, the ROG Swift PG248Q is a purpose-built gaming monitor with support for NVIDIA’s variable refresh G-SYNC technology and refresh rates up to 180Hz, when overclocked. The display also features a 1ms grey-to-grey response time, to minimize any blurring or ghosting during fast-paced action.
“Competitive gaming is a passion at ROG,” said Vivian Lien, Global Head of Marketing for the Gaming Systems Business Group. “We were founded in order to innovate and create elite equipment for serious gamers. Our hardware is engineered to compete at the top level, and there is no better place to see it put to the test than at a tournament of upcoming and established esports champions.”
Esports fans can watch upcoming events live online and on the ESPN app. The ESPN PRO-AM is happening July 19 – 20 and the EXP Invitational Apex Legends event is going down August 2 – 3 at X Games Minneapolis.