SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vainglory, the world’s No. 1 international mobile esport, celebrates the upcoming Feb. 13 launch of Vainglory 5V5, the only undiluted, no-compromises MOBA for mobile, with two strategic partnerships that will solidify Vainglory’s esports dominance for 2018 and beyond. As Vainglory heads into its biggest esports year yet, a partnership with ESP Gaming will bring the top-tier league of Vainglory Esports, reintroduced today as the Vainglory Premier League, to a new home in Las Vegas. ESP Gaming is the world’s premiere competitive gaming content company with experience producing world-class events including the Olympics, X Games, NFL and World Series of Poker. Having recently onboarded a number of esports veterans, ESP Gaming will make Vainglory its flagship production title for mobile esports in its new, state-of-the-art Vegas studio.
“We’re excited to work together with Super Evil Megacorp as the exclusive production partner for Vainglory Esports and bring our player-focused storytelling to fans of the world’s ultimate MOBA title on mobile,” said Jeff Liboon, President of ESP Gaming. “We are leveraging decades of live sports and gaming expertise to create the best esports content for one of the most passionate fan bases in all of gaming.”
Sharing Vainglory publisher Super Evil Megacorp’s vision for no-compromises core gaming experiences on mobile devices, Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, has entered into a strategic partnership to combine Vainglory with its gamer-first devices and peripherals.
“Super Evil and Razer share a common belief that gaming is coming to mobile fast and hard,” said Tom Moss, GM and SVP of Mobile at Razer. “Vainglory’s fast-paced gameplay, required precision and stunning graphics truly shine on the Razer Phone, and core gamers no longer need to sacrifice anything when playing on a mobile device.”
These strategic partnerships are part of a significant moment for Super Evil Megacorp, which is soon launching Vainglory 5V5, the first and only true MOBA on the mobile platform. Vainglory 5V5 delivers superior gameplay and strategic depth with the absolute best graphics, the most accurate and responsive controls, and highest frame rates. Vainglory 5V5 hasn’t been watered down or simplified for the mobile platform, retaining everything that makes MOBAs the most popular game genre in the world, combined with Super Evil twists. Features include true line-of-sight Fog of War, real macro and rotational strategies, last-hitting, wave control, completely free player camera controls, an intricate vision system and ultra-precise touchscreen controls that allow focus and fighting in ways that thumbsticks cannot match. And throughout it all, Vainglory 5V5 immerses players in a world of entirely original fantasy characters and storytelling, adding depth and emotional investment to every play session. Adding to the 5V5 experience will be new music from Joris de Man, the award-winning composer and sound designer best known for his work on the recent Horizon Zero Dawn and the Killzone franchise.
Building on the momentum of a successful World Championship in Singapore, the inaugural season of the Vainglory Premier League will commence in June this year. The regular season will follow an extended preseason designed to give Vainglory Esports organizations sufficient opportunity to transition and expand their 3v3 player rosters to accommodate 5V5 play. The new Vainglory Premier League will evolve the Vainglory Esports structure and schedule, moving to a double-round-robin with midseason and end-of-season playoffs, along with a single relegation tournament and regional championships will qualify teams for the annual World Championship.
“We built Vainglory with the firm belief that mobile audiences deserve game experiences every bit as amazing as players have on PC and console, and that remains our mission,” said Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of Super Evil Megacorp. “A short time ago, being able to run Vainglory 5V5 at 120 FPS on a device like the Razer Phone with a breathtaking map, 3M+ polygons and more than 200 million actors with custom animations was unheard of. However, it’s now reality, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”
About ESP Gaming
ESP Gaming is the premier competitive gaming content creation company in the world with decades of production experience in live sports and gaming, including the World Series of Poker. As an industry-leading source of premium experiences for game developers, esports teams and gaming communities, ESP Gaming offers best-in-class broadcast and digital production, distribution, end-to-end league and tournament operations, player management, marketing, sponsorship, ad sales and more. ESP Gaming also offers ESP Labs as an esports investment arm for securing funding for games, platforms and products. For more information, visit ESPGaming.com.
Razer™ is the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers.
The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities. With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world’s largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software and services.
Razer’s award-winning hardware includes high-performance gaming peripherals, Blade gaming laptops and the acclaimed Razer Phone.
Razer’s software platform, with over 40 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher).
Razer services include Razer zGold, one of the world’s largest virtual credit services for gamers, which allows gamers to purchase virtual goods and items from over 2,500 different games.
Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore, Razer has nine offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the USA, Europe and China. Razer is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 1337).
About Super Evil Megacorp
Super Evil Megacorp is a multi-award winning creator of category-defining multiplayer experiences for the touchscreen generation. Committed to deep technical and design excellence, Super Evil is home to leading game industry talent previously at companies such as Riot Games, Blizzard, Rockstar Games and Insomniac, who believe that every phone is a portable next-gen console, and that every mobile player deserves games just as deep, strategic and performant as players on PC.
Built on the proprietary console grade E.V.I.L.™ game engine, the company’s flagship title, Vainglory, has grown to become the No. 1 international mobile esport, played and watched by millions every month. Super Evil partners include Amazon, Apple, Coca-Cola, Google, NVIDIA, Razer, Samsung and more. The company has raised $63M in funding from backers including General Catalyst, Index Ventures, Signia Venture Partners, Korea Investment Partners, CrossCut Ventures, Initial Capital, The Raine Group, ZhenFund, Yuri Milner, and Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital. Super Evil Megacorp is based in San Mateo, California. For more information, visit superevilmegacorp.com and vainglorygame.com.