Continuing theirÂ foray into eSports, Coca-Cola has announced that they will be renewing their partnership with Riot Games for 2015. Launching in 2014 with Coke Zero, the company will also be moving it’s eSports division to it’s flagship brand – Coca Cola.
New Year, New Look, Next Level
Building upon last yearâ€™s success,Â Coca-ColaÂ is set to continue its partnership withÂ Riot Games, creator of the gameÂ League of LegendsÂ (LoL). For 2015 the goal isÂ to take the partnership to the next level, increasing the amount of opportunities fans will have to experience the partnership at live events and through social media. â€œThis year fans can expect more of everything â€“ more cinema viewings, more social engagement and more opportunities to indulge their passion for eSports through Coca-Cola,â€ says Matt Wolf, head of global gaming atÂ Coca-ColaÂ and veteran gamer.
2015 kick offs at the Mid-Season InvitationalÂ (MSI) at Florida State University in Tallahassee May 7-10. â€œWeâ€™ll be on the ground to activate and celebrate the sport, building what we started in 2014,” says Wolf.
But fans don’t have to travel to Tallahassee to get in on the live action. Thanks to Coke’s partners at Cinemark Cinemas, fans can watch the show live through premium streaming at various movie theaters across North America. This year Coke and Riot Games will expand the number of theaters participating in both North America and Europe allowing even more gamers to come together with other fans in their own communities to experience the MSI in the most fun and engaging way. Cinema expansion will continue throughout the year for theÂ LoL WorldsÂ and All-Stars tournaments as well.
â€œ2014 was an awesome year for our partnership with Coca-Cola,” said Dustin Beck, VP of eSports, Riot Games. “We’re looking forward to celebrating another great year of eSports with events like our upcoming Mid-Season Invitational, and of course our World Championships in Europe to reach more fans than ever.”
Coke and Riot Games will also turn up the volume on the social front in 2015. It’s no secret that gamers are digital natives, playing and living in the social sphere. That’s why Wolf says this year he wants to have even more fun with fans on the eSports social channels. “Our social channels allow us talk to our fans in the most authentic way about our partnership and engage them in the programs and promotions that we are creating to help shine a positive light on the sport and the players.â€
Red is the New Black for Coke eSports
After launching under Coke Zero in 2014, this year Coke eSports moves to the companyâ€™s flagship brandâ€”Coca-Cola in markets such as North America and Europe who will also be supporting LCS throughout the year in addition to the live events. The change in brands goes beyond a logo swap. The move allows Coke eSports to expand partnerships around the globe and adds an element of consumer choice.
The partnership between Coke and Riot was established in 2014 as a way for Coca-Cola to build a strong connection with the ever-increasing global gaming community.
“The landscape of gaming is a very exciting one for any large brand,” says Wolf. “But ultimately what’s most important is how we continue to build a relationship with the fans and the players in a meaningful way and in a way that brings value to the sport and to our brands.”
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