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GUNNAR Partners with Coke Esports

We are extremely excited to announce we have partnered with Coke Esports on a collaborative special edition gaming eyewear project. Coca-Cola™ has made a large commitment to esports over the past few years, and with our patented technology, influencers around the world will receive the visual help they need. Just released with the help of the Coke Esports team, the Limited Edition Coke Esports-branded Enigma and microfiber bag have landed and are currently being given out to Coke Esports’ friends of the brand.

“We are very excited to partner with Coke Esports on this exclusive ENIGMA project for true esports gaming enthusiasts,” stated Scott Sorensen, GUNNAR President. “Both of our brands share a passion for making life and your gaming experience extraordinary. Both brands accent each other; Coca Cola refreshes the body while GUNNAR glasses keep the eyes refreshed.”

The world of esports is growing at an exponential rate and for GUNNAR to have the opportunity to join forces with Coke Esports is a huge honor. Whether gamers are engaged in feverish competition or honing their skills, GUNNAR and Coke Esports will be protecting their most valuable asset: their eyes.

Join thousands of other esports enthusiasts and pros, and get on the GUNNAR Movement bandwagon with the Enigma which is in stock now.

GUNNAR Partners with Gale Force eSports

We are both thrilled and honored to be able to announce today that we’ve officially partnered with Gale Force eSports.

A well-respected professional gaming organization, Gale Force has already been loyal to GUNNAR so it was an easy decision to come alongside their Heroes of the Storm team to ensure they have the proper eyewear in which to compete during the 2017 Global Championship. Already, the GFE team has been dominating in their return to competition after experiencing a few shake-ups and a retirement in 2016. It’s this will and determination to succeed that has impressed us the most, and we’re extremely excited to watch them continue their march to the finals.

We partnered with Blizzard Entertainment in 2015 in a licensing deal that saw the creation of the Heroes of the Storm Siege and Strike, as well as customized temple sleeves featuring some of the most popular Heroes from the game. Since then, we’ve carefully watched the Heroes eSports scene looking for a team that could represent both us and the Heroes of the Storm brands well. Gale Force was—and is—that team! The 2017 Heroes of the Storm Global Championship is already underway, and we want to publicly say to Michael “Michael Udall” Udall, Fan “Fan” Yang, Khalif “Khroen” Hashim, Jon “Equinox” Peterson, and Stefen “akaface” Anderson,, YOU GOT THIS!

BlizzCon 2016 is Almost Here!

The most epic event all year for Blizzard fans around the world is almost here! BlizzCon has notoriously sold-out at record speed as thousands upon thousands of hopefuls virtually lining up in order to get their literal hands on tickets. The two-day event covers all things StarCraft, Diablo, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch sparking an impressive amount of passion from attendees and world-wide viewers. What’s more, some of the most exciting esports competitions go on display taking place on jaw-droppingly gorgeous stages.

GUNNAR is proud to be involved in this year’s event through our renewed partnership with Tespa. They are the premiere collegiate esports organization and we couldn’t be more excited to keep our relationship going. And what makes this team so amazing is how dedicated they are to promoting connections among enthusiastic gamers at the college level. For more information about BlizzCon, click here, and we hope to see many of you at the show in Anaheim on November 7 and 8!

Get geared for the event by checking out our Heroes of the Storm frames, Siege and Strike, as well as our Heroes temple sleeves all in stock now on gunnar.com.

Overwatch – Rise of the Next Great eSport

Blizzard has been predictably silent when it comes to officially announcing plans for Overwatch eSports. That, however, hasn’t stopped the eSports community at-large from prepping for what’s likely going to be an extremely popular competitive game to watch. Sure, small, unsanctioned tournaments have been popping up quite a bit, but what most are anxious to see is how exactly Blizzard plans to handle Overwatch. There’s a lot to consider, too, so it’s not much of a shock that we haven’t heard anything just yet. According to BlizzCon.com, there are currently no plans for Overwatch to be part of the eSports content for this year, though it would be hard to believe Blizzard isn’t at least considering some kind of an invitational given the apparently lack of new “news” for them to share.

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Regardless of what Blizzard plans to do, the one thing we do know is that the community and players are anxious to see it come together. In preparation for Overwatch finally joining other games at tournaments, some of the largest, most successful eSports organizations have already formed teams. EnVyUs, Cloud9, and Liquid are just a few to name who have put together what they hope will be a winning collection of players who are poised to swarm the eSports scene once Overwatch is officially inaugurated. The anticipation is so high, even ESPN has begun publishing a series of articles analyzing the meta game providing readers with guides to each available hero. The first focuses on offensive characters, and it appears there’s more to come on a weekly basis.

 

Our take on Overwatch eSports? Make it happen, Blizzard! And we know you’ll do it right. In the meantime, channel your very best inner Tracer with a pair of GUNNARS that are as electric and popular as the character: Intercept.

GUNNAR Invades Heroes of the Dorm

This past weekend, the wonderful folks at Blizzard and TeSPA graciously invited GUNNARS to the Heroes of the Dorm event in Seattle, and wow, did we have a great time! The two-day finale was the culmination of a weeks long tournament that pit 64 collegiate Heroes of the Storm eSports teams from all around North America against each other in a single-elimination style tournament. And the final two days were broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN2! The prize? Full tuition scholarships to the winning team totaling $500,000! Not only that, but GUNNAR Optiks was also honored by joining forces with TeSPA in providing eyewear to the final four teams including an on-stage presentation of new glasses to the winning team. Here are a handful of images from the event:

What a terrific venue! TeSPA, Blizzard, and ESPN really did a great job putting this together, and despite a small technical hiccup at the start on Saturday, the audience never let up. In fact, they were some of the most electric fans we’ve seen in a long time. We were also really excited to see Gutslug, a University of Tennessee player, wearing his GUNNARS he receive at last year’s event!

Throughout the weekend, viewers and attendees saw some crazy team compositions, incredible action, and thrilling engagements. In the end, the team from Arizona State University dominated the team from the University of Texas at Arlington in a 3-to-nil victory. The win for ASU was extra sweet, too, given that they lost in the finals last year.

We want to congratulate all of the teams who made it to Heroes of the Dorm! Everyone played very well, and we were extremely grateful for the chance to provide each of them with the very best in gaming eyewear. If you missed the event, you can watch it online for free on the Heroes of the Storm Twitch channel.​

Computer Vision Syndrome and Kids

Computer Vision Syndrome (also known as Digital Eye Strain) is affecting a growing number of children, according to Vaught Eye Associates. In an effort to help raise awareness, the eye care specialists located in South Carolina released an article encouraging parents to be more cautious when it comes to the amount of time they allow their kids to spend in front of a digital device. Due to an ever-increasing amount of usage, kids are becoming more and more susceptible to the symptoms: headaches, eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes, and other maladies. Aside from following the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at something at least 20 feet away), Dr. James Vaught takes his recommendations a step further and urges parents to limit digital device use to one or two hours a day for the youngest members of the family.

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As you are well aware, the negative effects of Computer Vision Syndrome aren’t specific to kids. All of us who spend any significant amount of time in front of a computer or smart device are having our retinas pummeled with blue light. Protecting your eyes is important, and GUNNAR Optiks’ mission is to do just that. gunnar.com