LAS VEGAS – April 26, 2018 – ESP Gaming, the premier content creation company for esports and competitive gaming, has acquired online esports tournament provider, Auzom, known for its competitive PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS leagues and broadcasts across North America and Europe. The acquisition represents ESP Gaming’s continued commitment to deliver high quality esports production and tournament facilitation across numerous fan favorite games, genres and platforms.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Auzom to the ESP Gaming family and look forward to an industry-changing partnership,” said Jeff Liboon, President of ESP Gaming. “Auzom has become a clear leader in the online competitive esports community with its tournaments and broadcasts, innovative formats and commitment to excellence. With the acquisition, we are accelerating our ability to produce and host world-class online tournaments and drive further growth and innovation.”
As part of the deal, Auzom will become the online tournament platform for ESP Gaming’s competitive gaming events, elevating the global reach of its tournament and league capabilities. In addition, ESP will help Auzom launch new games under the brand and add live competition to championship events.
“We built Auzom with the goal of providing the best online esports tournaments and organizations in the community. Together with ESP Gaming, we will be able to better reach the millions of passionate gamers around the globe and provide more opportunities for competitive play,” said Andrew Kean, General Manager at Auzom.
ESP Gaming has also brought on Gerard “Atlas” Kelly as VP of League Operations to oversee logistics and operations of event productions and player management for the company’s owned and operated leagues. Prior to joining ESP Gaming, Gerard was a co-founder of Team NRG, along with Andy Miller (Sacramento Kings) and Mark Mastrov (24 Hour Fitness Founder). Kelly was instrumental in bringing traditional sports investment into the esports industry, securing investments from sports stars like Shaquille O’Neal and Alex Rodriguez into Team NRG.
“I look forward to joining ESP Gaming and to have the opportunity to spearhead the company’s league operations,” said Kelly. “We will immediately begin work developing esports initiatives that will transform the industry.”
ESP Gaming is continuing to expand its influence in the esports space, having recently secured a multi-year partnership with Vainglory, the world’s No. 1 international mobile esport, and the Vainglory Premier League in North America and Europe. With decades of live sports production experience for high profile events, ESP Gaming is utilizing its expertise to create the best esports content for PC, console and mobile platforms.