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!
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.
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.