CORE Gaming Backpack Kickstarter Update: Let’s Make It Happen!

CORE Kickstarter Only a Few Days Left
With just a few days to go (the CORE Gaming Backpack kickstarter ends at 4:55 am EDT Friday, September 22, 2017), TIME IS RUNNING OUT for you to support this project and be among the first to get this award-winning backpack at an incredible discount off retail pricing.

While we are within a few thousand dollars of reaching our funding goal, this kickstarter project is ALL OR NOTHING. The project will only be funded if we reach our goal! We need CORE fans and supporters to up their game by telling others about this exciting new product.

If you’ve already pledged support, THANK YOU! You won’t be disappointed in your new CORE Gaming Backpack. Maybe you know a friend, colleague, or even a complete stranger who’d be interested too? If so, pass the kickstarter link and information along to him or her.

If you haven’t yet backed this project, but are interested – don’t delay. The clock is ticking on this opportunity and there are plenty of pledge options from high to low and for individuals or teams to get involved.

Winner of the 2017 TWICE Award in the PC Accessories category, the CORE Gaming Backpack is a great gift for gamers, travelers, busy professionals, and students too!

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Esports: Is There Life After Competition?

Team Style Impacts Results

CORE GAMING BACKPACK KICKSTARTER UPDATE
With just days to go (the CORE Gaming Backpack kickstarter ends at 4:55 am EDT Friday, September 22, 2017), TIME IS RUNNING OUT for you to support this project and be among the first to get this award-winning backpack at an incredible discount off retail pricing.

While we are “oh so close” to reaching our funding goal, this kickstarter is all or nothing. The project will only be funded if we reach our goal!

If you’ve already pledged support, THANK YOU! You won’t be disappointed in your new CORE Gaming Backpack. Maybe you know a friend, who’d be interested too? If so, pass the kickstarter link and information along to him or her.

If you haven’t yet backed this project, but are interested – don’t delay. The clock is ticking on this opportunity and there are plenty of pledge options from high to low and for individuals or teams to get involved.

Winner of the 2017 TWICE Award in the PC Accessories category, the CORE Gaming Backpack is a great gift for gamers, travelers, busy professionals, and students too!

As we follow the fictional (but fact-based) exploits of our esports team, let’s take a look at what comes after professional gaming. What other careers await our esports competitors when they retire? (If you miss any installments in this series, you can read them all at here.)

Even though he’d been gaming in some fashion for close to half his life—and professionally for the last year—Tomas Cordona still got butterflies before each competition. If sports mega-starts in the NFL, MLB, NBA, and WMBA could, why not him?

Fans were settled in their seats—hundreds of them if Tomas Cordona had his estimates right. Gamers were in positions. And the lights were about to dim.

“This is Zach’s last tournament,” Tomas reminded himself, thinking of his team’s unofficial captain Zach Reynolds, who had announced two weeks earlier that he was calling it quits—at least professionally. At 29, soon to turn 30, Zach was right on schedule for hanging up his video game controllers. At 22, Tomas still had some time to go—heck, he was just starting out professionally—but he had a hunch that his next 7 or 8 years would pass by pretty quick.

It was hard to imagine life after gaming (“LAG”). What would it look like?

Tomas had talked to Zach about his plans for LAG. He knew that like 49% of adult gamers, Zach would still play video games on a regular basis—but the daily regimen would become a thing of the past.

As an ex pro-gamer, though, what would Zach do for a living?

First of all, Zach was a known quantity in the esports world—not quite the Tony Hawk of his sport, he was still popular with fans and industry insiders. Surely, endorsement opportunities would be plentiful for gamer-related tech, apparel, and even the games himself.

Would Tomas ever reach the level of Zach’s popularity? He certainly hoped so, and with any luck maybe he’d surpass it. But if he didn’t, what did life hold for the pro-gamer when he or she had retired, beyond product endorsing? He knew that top professional gamers in the world earned north of $200,000 a year, participating in an average of 30 tournaments per annum. That wasn’t chump change, at least not in Tomas’s mind.

Tomas also knew that some of the top fields for retired gamers or for gamers who preferred a different lifestyle than that enjoyed by esports competitors, were as video game testers, creators of gaming guides and how to videos, and reviewing games and related tech.

Of those options, video game tester was the most appealing to Tomas. He could keep playing games—which was the best part of being professional gamer—and still get paid to do it. But at an hourly rate of $12, give or take, he’d be hard-pressed to make ends meet or continuing to live the life to which he was now accustomed. That’s where he saw his degree in new media coming into play (which would undoubtedly thrill his parents!). He could put those talents to work creating his own gaming guides and how-to videos, and perhaps he’d launch a Youtube channel (or whatever platform was in vogue by the time her retired) to review games and gear.

Put that all together, plus a few endorsements, and he might actually be able to make a living . . . and make his Mom and Dad happy in the process!

Tomas smiled. The time for reflection was over.

The lights dimmed. The fans roared. Players engaged.

GAME ON!

For those who like happy endings, let’s take a look at what happened next for our esports team members:

  • Team Otherworld won the tourney!
  • Zach signed a lucrative endorsement deal the next day.
  • Tomas was named unofficial team captain within the week.
  • Mr. Park named Rachel Torres as the newest Team Otherworld member.
  • And each team member got notified that their custom CORE Gaming Backpacks and accessories from Mobile Edge were set to ship in the fall!
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Esports: Team Style Impacts Results

Team Style Impacts Results

CORE GAMING BACKPACK KICKSTARTER UPDATE
With just days to go (the CORE Gaming Backpack kickstarter ends at 4:55 am EDT Friday, September 22, 2017), TIME IS RUNNING OUT for you to support this project and be among the first to get this award-winning backpack at an incredible discount off retail pricing.

While we are “oh so close” to reaching our funding goal, this kickstarter is all or nothing. The project will only be funded if we reach our goal!

If you’ve already pledged support, THANK YOU! You won’t be disappointed in your new CORE Gaming Backpack. Maybe you know a friend, who’d be interested too? If so, pass the kickstarter link and information along to him or her.

If you haven’t yet backed this project, but are interested – don’t delay. The clock is ticking on this opportunity and there are plenty of pledge options from high to low and for individuals or teams to get involved.

Winner of the 2017 TWICE Award in the PC Accessories category, the CORE Gaming Backpack is a great gift for gamers, travelers, busy professionals, and students too!

As we follow the fictional (but fact-based) exploits of our esports team, let’s take a look at team bonding and cohesiveness and it’s impact on esports. For teams and players that live and work together, what else can they do to optimize the team experience? (If you miss any installments in this series, you can read them all at here.)

Team Otherworlds’ manager, Hyun Park, had a penchant for treating his players to something special right before each tournament—something to give them a little boost before they engaged in a grueling day of competition, something that might give them just the edge they needed to be the best of the best.

In the past, they’d gotten team hats and team hoodies emblazoned with their logo. He’d given them power packs and protectors for their smartphones and tablets—but today’s announcement had Tomas Cordona and his teammates really excited. Mr. Park had gone above and beyond. Truly.

Now Tomas understood the significance of unofficial team captain Zach Reynold’s new gaming backpack and his association with its prototyping and promotion . . . and why he’d brought it along to today’s tournament.

The full-featured CORE Gaming Backpack from Mobile Edge was in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to launch production of the product, and Mr. Park had taken advantage of one of the Kickstarter’s biggest perks in grand style. Not only had he backed the project to get each Team Otherworld player a new CORE Gaming Backpack, but he’d backed the Kickstarter at the “CORE Custom – Personalized TEAM Package Level,” which meant the team got four CORE Gaming Backpacks—one for each player—with custom trim colors and custom team logos, plus Mobile Edge power packs and CORE t-shirts and hats.

The backpacks wouldn’t be available to sometime in the fall, after the Kickstarter completed in late September—but that was OK with Tomas. Good things were worth the wait, and from what he could see of Zach’s prototype bag, the CORE Gaming Backpack was more than just a good thing.

Zach had arrived at the Gamesync Gaming Center in San Diego with his CORE Backpack that morning, showing it off to his teammates—and rightly so. It wasn’t just cool and stylish, and the envy of many of the other gamers in the arena (many of whom had come by to kick the tires and give it a shakedown), but it was the epitome of organization, access, and function. No other bag Tomas had ever seen even came close. The CORE Gaming Backpack seemed to have a compartment for everything, from your gaming laptop, tablet, and assorted cords and power supplies, to a special place for your keyboard, headphones, gaming mouse, and even water bottles, snacks, and personal items.

If Mr. Park hadn’t done the deed, Tomas had already planned on checking out the CORE Kickstarter after the tourney and getting one of the bags for himself—and maybe even gifting a few to close friends.

In making the announcement to the team, Mr. Park had explained his rationale:

“Team cohesiveness is important. You all play together, you eat together, you practice together, and you interact with fans and the media together,” he said. “With this CORE Backpack team package, now you’ll be able to demonstrate that cohesiveness and coordination to an even greater degree—and that’s bound to lead to good results and even better game play.

“Plus, from what Zach tells me and from what I can see from checking the bag out myself, the CORE Gaming Backpack truly is a game changer. It keeps you organized, it keeps your gear protected, and it makes it easier than ever to transport what you need for tourney time or practice. It’s hard to argue with that kind of efficiency.”

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Esports: Fan Interaction A Must for Competitors

Fan Interaction A Must for Competitors

CORE GAMING BACKPACK KICKSTARTER UPDATE
With 14 days to go and within $10,000 of our goal, there are plenty of special offers and perks designed to make it easy for you to back this project. Here are a few highlights. Check out our kickstarter page for more.

Pledge $89 or more (CORE Backpack – Solo)
CORE Gaming Backpack – Did you just miss the early bird special. Well don’t worry! The CORE gaming backpack is still available at a screaming price with a suggested retail price of $129.99. Perfect for that gamer or business professional looking to carry ALL his or her gear—and YES, it is perfect for that holiday GIFT! → Kickstarter

Pledge $120 or more (CORE Power Pack 1.0)
Includes CORE Gaming Backpack along with Mobile Edge’s UrgentPower Pack ($170 SRP) for immediate backup power for when you need it most! → Kickstarter

Pledge $125 or more (CORE Power AC – Portable Charger)
Includes CORE Gaming Backpack plus CORE Power AC – 27,000mAh Portable Laptop Charger: A must add for your CORE gaming backpack. Utilize the pre-wired pack and charger to power your laptop, cell and more. → Kickstarter

Pledge $179 or more (CORE Gaming Backpack – Buddy)
Gaming is not a one person sport, so this package for is ideal for you and one of your buds. Includes TWO CORE Gaming Backpacks (SRP $260) plus 2 CORE T-Shirts and 2 Hats. Great for holiday gift-giving! → Kickstarter

There are plenty more offers where these came from to match a wide range of pledge options from high to low and for individuals or teams. Check out our kickstarter page for more details.

As we follow the fictional (but fact-based) exploits of our esports team, let’s take a look at the aspect of social media, PR, and fan interaction commitment as it relates to esports? Just what does an esports competitor’s 15-minutes entail? (If you miss any installments in this series, you can read them all at here.)

Tomas Cordona heard a huge sign to his left, where Mateo Cardona had been practicing some particularly challenging phases of League of Legends in preparation for today’s tourney. Tomas knew Mateo wasn’t frustrated over the game itself. Glancing at the time on his Apple Watch, Tomas knew immediately the reason for the sigh.

“It’s that time,” Mateo announced, dropping his controller in front of the monitor and pushing his seat away from the console.

Team Otherworld was scheduled to make a public appearance before today’s League of Legends tournament. This was when team members were expected to fulfill their social media and PR commitments, as well as interact with fans.

Their team manager, Hyun Park, worked hard to raise the profile of his players. He helped each of them set up Facebook, Twitter, and other team-related social media accounts and blogs, their daily lifelines to fans, other competitors, and industry media.

Tomas liked this part of the esports lifestyle. As an esports competitor, he wasn’t famous per se—at least not Johnny Depp famous—but he still got a brief taste of 15-minutes in the spotlight before or after each tournament.

He knew that Mateo was not a big enthusiast of fan interaction and making time for the media, nor was Kevin Carpenter, the team’s youngest player and their most recent recruit. Zach Reynolds, who was retiring as a professional esports competitor after this tourney, was sort of on the fence about the whole thing—and even more so in recent weeks after he’d announced his decision to hang up his video game controllers and industry pundits had swarmed to get that last, great interview with him.

Admittedly, this aspect of esports could be a bit much, especially when, at their core, as professional gamers all they really wanted to do was play video games—something they loved to do—and make some money doing it. Tomas always figured it was just a necessary part of the game (no pun intended) and certainly an important facet of any serious e-competitor’s public persona.

Many gamers participated in esports part-time simply to pay some bills and have a good time doing it. Others, like Tomas, made a full-time living from it. Raising his public profile and becoming a fan favorite was a big part of his strategy to become a recognizable esports gamer—someone who would not only be in line for top prize winnings but who could turn his own special version of fame into opportunities for endorsing products near and dear to the hearts and minds of gamers and gaming enthusiasts.

Looking at Zach’s full-featured CORE Gaming Backpack from Mobile Edge—a prototype that wasn’t even in production yet and available only to a few during a Kickstarter campaign to launch the product—Tomas understood that even though Zach might not “thrill” at the prospect of fan interaction and media banter, he at least “got” the need to be accessible.

Sure, being accessible might open you up to abuse by web trolls, but in Tomas’s opinion, the opportunities for taking gaming and gamers to a new level far outweighed any negatives.

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Esports: May the Best Man—or Woman—Win

Esports - Female competitors

CORE GAMING BACKPACK KICKSTARTER UPDATE
The Ultimate Gift for Gamers, the ‘Core’ Gaming Backpack is a Great Gift for Travelers, Busy Professionals, and Students Too!!
Winner of the 2017 TWICE Award in the PC Accessories category, Mobile Edge’s Kickstarter campaign to fund production of its new CORE Gaming Backpack, is more than 60% funded and there’s still lots of time to go (through September 21), with plenty of opportunities to save big time on this cutting edge and ward-winning mobility product.

The multi-purpose CORE Gaming Backpack provides the pinnacle of transport, protection, and easy access for your laptop, controllers, video games, power supplies, accessories, and all the other cool tech you can bring with you! The CORE Gaming Backpack, helps protect gear from the bumps and bruises of travelling, accidental drops, and harsh environments.

The CORE Gaming Backpack Kickstarter offers backers exclusive perks, including lower than retail pricing and an additional 10 funding/backing levels. The goal is to raise $30,000 and have the bag available later this fall in time for holiday gift giving.

Ways to Get Involved

Visit our Kickstarter page to back this project and get a CORE Backpack for yourself or give one (or more) as gifts!

Share the link to our Kickstarter page on social media http://bit.ly/meksprev to get your friends and family involved.

Join Mobile Edge’s exclusive CORE Influencer Program as a potential industry influencer. Those who qualify get access to free products, content for their blogs/social media, behind the scenes brand access, and opportunities to earn money as affiliates. For details, visit www.mobileedge.com/kick-starter-influencer.

As we follow the fictional (but fact-based) exploits of our esports team, let’s take a look at participation by female esports competitors. Just what does the esports landscape look like for women? (If you miss any installments in this series, you can read them all at here.)

There were a surprising number of women in the arena today, and that pleased Tomas Castillo. Far too many times his days were spent shoulder-to-shoulder with other guys. Not that there was anything wrong with that, but it was nice to see some women at the controls as well as in the stands.

Aubrey, Tomas’s BFF since grade school was a steadfast supporter. She came to watch him compete whenever she could and she planned to be here today. But watching from the stands and competing were two different things, and the contrast in participation levels between fans and players was vast.

Tomas had read a recent article somewhere that about 46% of the world’s video game players were women, and that jibed pretty well with what he’d seen at their events, but that only 1 percent of esports players were women. Clearly, a huge disconnect, and given what he was seeing today—he’d done a quick headcount and of the 15 or so players in his immediate vicinity, 5 were female—that demographic was changing.

To further illustrate, only a few weeks ago a female-dedicated esports tournament, Supergirl Pro, had been held in Oceanside, just north of San Diego. Eight finalists—all women—had gone toe-to-toe spanning two action-packed days that saw some pretty inspiring League of Legends and Hearthstone play, with lots of juking, aggro action, and split-push strategizing. The event had been well-attended, widely reported, and by all accounts tons of for fans.

With unofficial team captain Zach Reynolds leaving Team Otherworld after this tourney, it wasn’t beyond the realm of possibility that their manager, Hyun Park, would bring in a women to take his place. In fact, Tomas knew that Mr. Park had already interviewed a few potential female replacements, along with a bunch of promising male players.

“May the best man, or woman, win,” he whispered.

Whatever the outcome, Tomas was all for it, not like some of the guys who adhered to the “old boys club” notion of esports and video game playing. Luckily, he’d never experienced it on his own team, but Tomas had witnessed firsthand some of the sexism and narrow-mindedness that many of his female counterparts endured online and in-person.

No wonder female participation in esports competitions was so low. What women would want to put herself through that kind of treatment?

A trailblazer would, Tomas thought. Every sport has them—like Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball; Ronda Rousey, the UFC’s first female fighter, and Becky Hammon of WNBA fame who became the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history.

Tomas had no doubt that esports would soon have its fair share of female trailblazers and, looking around him, perhaps esports already did!

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Mobile Edge Named TWICE 2017 VIP Award Winner for Third Year in a Row

Mobile Edge wins TWICE award

Mobile Edge’s new CORE Gaming Backpack has been named 2017 VIP Award Winner in TWICE Magazine’s PC Accessories category.

The new, full-featured, multi-purpose CORE Gaming Backpack is the first product offered in Mobile Edge’s planned new lineup of gaming and mobility products. The CORE backpack is designed to provide gamers, techies, travelers, students, road warriors, and all people on-the-go the ultimate in transport, protection, storage, and easy access to gaming gear, accessories, and all the cool tech they can carry.

This is the third year in a row that Mobile Edge has been awarded a TWICE VIP Product Award as voted/selected by industry retailers and resellers. For the Core Gaming Backpack to win this year, just as a Kickstarter Campaign gets underway to support its production, is a clear validation of it’s functional, stylish, and innovative design—as well as its expected popularity with gamers and other tech consumers.

Mobile Edge announced on August 8 a 45-day Kickstarter campaign to support production of the CORE Backpack. Their goal is to raise $30,000 and have the bag available later this fall in time for holiday gift giving. The Kickstarter campaign offers supporters exclusive perks, including deep discounts on pricing and an additional 10 funding/backing levels.

“For more than 15 years, Mobile Edge has put endless time, effort, and expertise into the design and development of some of the industry’s best gaming products for industry leaders like Alienware and Razer,” said G. David Cartwright, Mobile Edge president & CEO. “We are now excited to bring that same focus and commitment to producing our own line of gaming products led by the CORE Gaming Backpack. This is the ultimate product enabling today’s gamers to quickly organize their gear and transport it safely, whether it’s across the street to a friend’s house or to one of the many esports tournaments across the country.”

The CORE Backpack offers three large storage sections pre-wired for a power bank or external battery and four side accessory pockets for cables, phone, a gaming mouse, or oversized water bottles. The pack also features a built-in external USB charge port to provide instant power for phones or other devices.

Constructed from rugged ballistic nylon, the CORE Backpack includes padded air-mesh shoulder straps, a molded top carry handle for easy lifting, and a trolley strap for stacking on other luggage. It also features a checkpoint-friendly laptop compartment, a separate fleece lined pouch for an iPad or tablet, a full-size keyboard pocket, a headphone holder, and a variety of other sections to hold files, extra gear, or personal items—pus, it’s covered by Mobile Edge’s famous lifetime warranty.

About TWICE

TWICE Magazine is the #1 B-to-B brand for the consumer electronics and tech industries. Each day, TWICE.com posts breaking news along with industry-specific blogs, photos, and videos dedicated solely to the consumer electronics, major appliances, wireless and technology industries.

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Esports: A Day in the Life

Esports - Day in the Life

CORE GAMING BACKPACK KICKSTARTER UPDATE
The Ultimate Gift for Gamers, the ‘Core’ Gaming Backpack is a Great Gift for Travelers, Busy Professionals, and Students Too!!
Back to school is upon us, weather is starting to change, summer vacations are winding down, and the holidays are right around the corner. With Mobile Edge’s Kickstarter campaign to fund production of its new CORE Gaming Backpack, you can to take a deep breath—gift giving for birthdays and upcoming holidays is covered for the gamer, traveler, student, or busy professional in your life. The Kickstarter campaign is more than 25% funded and there’s still lots of time to go (through September 21), with and plenty of opportunities to save big time on this cutting edge mobility product.

Designed, prototyped, and tested by gamers for gamers, the CORE Gaming Backpack provides the pinnacle of transport, protection, and easy access for your laptop, controllers, video games, power supplies, accessories, and all the other cool tech you can bring with you! The CORE Gaming Backpack, helps protect gear from the bumps and bruises of travelling, accidental drops, and harsh environments.

The CORE Gaming Backpack Kickstarter offers backers exclusive perks, including lower than retail pricing and an additional 10 funding/backing levels. The goal is to raise $30,000 and have the bag available later this fall in time for holiday gift giving.

Ways to Get Involved

Visit our Kickstarter page to back this project and get a CORE Backpack for yourself or give one (or more) as gifts!

Share the link to our Kickstarter page on social media http://bit.ly/meksprev to get your friends and family involved.

Join Mobile Edge’s exclusive CORE Influencer Program as a potential industry influencer. Those who qualify get access to free products, content for their blogs/social media, behind the scenes brand access, and opportunities to earn money as affiliates. For details, visit www.mobileedge.com/kick-starter-influencer.

As we follow the fictional (but fact-based) exploits of our esports team, let’s take a look at a typical day in the life. Just what kind of commitment does it take to be an esports professional? (If you miss any installments in this series, you can read them all at here.)

Nobody ever told Tomas Castillo being an esports professional would be easy, but even he hadn’t really understood the commitment it would take to get really good at gaming. All the old timers in the sport—and his teammate Zach Reynolds, at 29, was certainly an old- timer by esports standards as well as one of the best—tended to gloss over just how much work excelling at the sport really was. Maybe they just didn’t want to scare off esports recruits. After all, it was pretty cool to play video games for a living, and being able to make a decent living at it didn’t hurt either.

Tourney days were always a little crazy. Up at dawn, he’d fuel up with a good protein-heavy breakfast and hydrate himself well. Then it would be off to the arena for some pre-tourney strategy talk with his coach and teammates, as well as some practice. Then their media and fan interaction commitments would begin with scheduled interviews, open forum panel discussions, and opportunities for fans to get autographs and talk with their favorite teams and players. It was all great fun and an ego-boosting trip on most occasions, but on tourney days, he preferred to do his talking after the gaming. It was less distracting that way . . . and less exhausting.

Luckily for all the esports athletes there were limits on media and fan access before tournaments, so they could all focus on why they were really there which, in this case, was to determine the top League of Legends team. Tomas was biased of course, but he thought his team, Team Otherworlds, had as good a chance as any to come out on top.

“Why not us?” He’d always ask himself before a tourney. They worked hard, and winning would validate all the grueling hours they’d put in over the past few months leading up to this tournament.

A typical “workday” for Tomas looked like this:

8 am to 9 am: wake up, eat a nutritious breakfast, and shower/dress

9 am to 10 am: meet with his team and coach to strategize/plan the day

10 am to 1 pm: hold team scrimmages or practice in-person or via stream

1 pm to 2 pm: lunch and errands

2 pm to 3 pm: review performance by video, feedback with teammates

3 pm to 5 pm: fulfill social/PR commitments, blogs, email, fan interaction

5 pm to 8 pm: more team scrimmages or practice in-person or via stream

8 pm to 9 pm: dinner

9 pm to 11 pm: more practice, team discussions, and then bedtime

It was clearly not a schedule for the faint of heart, or for those not fully committed to being at the top of his or her profession. And if there was one thing Tomas liked more than the gameplay itself, was the sweet taste of victory.

“Plus,” he thought, glancing over at Zach who had donned his headphones and was doing a few wrist flexing exercises to get warmed up. “Victory would be an especially fitting send off for Zach.”

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Esports: What the Numbers Reveal about Fans and Gamers

CORE Gaming Backpack Kickstarter

CORE GAMING BACKPACK KICKSTARTER UPDATE
The Ultimate Gift for Gamers, the ‘Core’ Gaming Backpack is a Great Gift for Travelers, Busy Professionals, and Students Too!!
Back to school is upon us, weather is starting to change, summer vacations are winding down, and the holidays are right around the corner. With Mobile Edge’s Kickstarter campaign to fund production of its new CORE Gaming Backpack, you can to take a deep breath—gift giving for birthdays and upcoming holidays is covered for the gamer, traveler, student, or busy professional in your life. The Kickstarter campaign is more than 25% funded and there’s still lots of time to go (through September 21), with and plenty of opportunities to save big time on this cutting edge mobility product.

Designed, prototyped, and tested by gamers for gamers, the CORE Gaming Backpack provides the pinnacle of transport, protection, and easy access for your laptop, controllers, video games, power supplies, accessories, and all the other cool tech you can bring with you! The CORE Gaming Backpack, helps protect gear from the bumps and bruises of travelling, accidental drops, and harsh environments.

The CORE Gaming Backpack Kickstarter offers backers exclusive perks, including lower than retail pricing and an additional 10 funding/backing levels. The goal is to raise $30,000 and have the bag available later this fall in time for holiday gift giving.

Ways to Get Involved

Visit our Kickstarter page to back this project and get a CORE Backpack for yourself or give one (or more) as gifts!

Share the link to our Kickstarter page on social media http://bit.ly/meksprev to get your friends and family involved.

Join Mobile Edge’s exclusive CORE Influencer Program as a potential industry influencer. Those who qualify get access to free products, content for their blogs/social media, behind the scenes brand access, and opportunities to earn money as affiliates. For details, visit www.mobileedge.com/kick-starter-influencer.

Today, we continue with the fictional (but fact-based) exploits of our team of esports participants, with a particular focus on gamers and gaming enthusiasts. Just who are these people? (If you miss any installments in this series, you can read them all at here.)

Even at this early hour, the gaming center was alive with activity. Flat screens flickered, keyboards clattered, and gamers (and a few scattered fans) cheered and high-fived. Open 24/7, the Gamesync Gaming Center in San Diego was always a beehive of activity—even on non-tournament days. Today, however, was especially busy as gamers sought to acclimate themselves with their surroundings and the subtleties of the arena.

“Anything to get an edge,” Tomas Castillo mused.

In just a few hours, the place would be even more packed with gamers strategizing and blasting their way from one level to another—ending some dreams while extending others—and gaming fans cheering their favorites on as they watched on the big screen. There was nothing like the vibe this place gave off on tournament day. There was electricity in the air, excitement.

Tomas imagined this must be what game day is like for professional athletes, then reminded himself that he was a professional athlete too. Esports wasn’t for the weak of mind, body, or spirit. You needed to be in good shape physically, possess a sharp mind able to make quick decisions, and you needed to have the emotional toughness and tenacity to keep at it, even when some rounds and some days didn’t go so well.

Today, the line separating the wannabes form the most successful was quite thin. But that’s because every gamer in the arena was a top talent or nearly so, as capable to win as the next person. That wasn’t always the case, of course. On non-tournament days, the arena was just as likely to see gaming professional honing their skills as it was to see friends out for a bit of fun laying a little bit of smack down on each other.

While professional gamers trended on the young side—his teammate Zach Reynolds, who was retiring after this tournament, was considered a grizzled veteran at 29—Tomas knew that half of all esports fans and players in the US were between the ages of 21 and 35, with an additional 28 percent over 35!

Clearly, this wasn’t just a sport or a pastime for kids. Many of the early adopters who had grown up playing Oregon Trail, Tomb Raider, and who had cut their teeth on classics like Donkey Kong, Centipede, and Space Invaders, were still partaking of the newer games. Many were married couples, and still others would come in with their kids to play as a family unit.

“The family that re-spawns together, stays together,” Tomas laughed as he settled down next to his teammates in front of a row of large monitors. He was hoping to limber up for an hour or so before the requisite, late morning fan meet-and-greets right before tourney go time.

His team might have consisted of all guys, but he knew quite a few teams had at least one women on board—and some teams were even made up of all females. Tomas was okay with that. It made coming to the gaming center and competing more fun. Maybe, he hoped, he might find the perfect match here one day—either in the stands watching him play or, better yet, plugged in and going toe-to-toe with him in some virtual world of wonder.

Someday too, he hoped, maybe even his Mom and Dad, who were still reserving their right to disapprove of his chosen profession, would come to cheer him on. Married, with kids, and working full-time—they would fit right in with the usual arena crowd.

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Esports as a Profession: It’s the Real Deal

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CORE GAMING BACKPACK KICKSTARTER UPDATE
Power On with MOBILE EDGE!

Nine days into the campaign, Mobile Edge’s very first Kickstarter to support production of its full-featured CORE Gaming Backpack is more than 25% funded.

Designed, developed, prototyped, tested, and produced by gamers, specifically for gamers, the CORE Gaming Backpack is a full-featured bag designed to provide easy-access storage, transportation, and power on-the-go for all the gear gamers need to be at their gaming best—and it’s backed by Mobile Edge’s famous Lifetime Warranty.

Just jump on over to our Kickstarter Page for details on special offers and how you can be among the first to get your hands on this bag for your own use or as a unique gift for others.

Ways You Can Help

Share the link to Mobile Edge’s Kickstarter page on social media to get your friends and family involved. www.kickstarter.com/projects/460657203/core-gaming-backpack-by-mobile-edge

Join Mobile Edge’s exclusive CORE Influencer Program as a potential industry influencer. Those who qualify get access to free products, content for their blogs/social media, behind the scenes brand access, and opportunities to earn money as affiliates. For details, visit www.mobileedge.com/kick-starter-influencer.

Let’s continue our look inside the emerging world of esports as we follow the fictional (but fact-based) exploits of a team of esports participants—and if you missed the first installment in the series, read “A Story (and an Offer) Designed by Gamers Specifically for Gamers.”

The time was about three months before his college graduation. Tomas Castillo’s Mom and Dad were in town, along with his lifelong “girl” friend, Aubrey Walker—a girl and a friend, but not a girlfriend, mind you, but rather someone he’d grown up with throughout school and in his neighborhood. She’d come along with Tomas’s parents to check out his off-campus apartment and to help him firm up plans for graduation and beyond.

They’d all gone out to dinner, a seafood place they liked, and had what, to him and his college-addled belly, seemed like a grand feast, paid for courtesy of his Dad. Now it was time for small talk on the drive back to his apartment. Now there was no more escaping it. Like it or not, and he suspected the latter, Tomas would have to tell his parents and Aubrey of his post-graduation intentions.

“You’re joking, right?” was his Dad’s first reaction, while his Mom said nothing. That was almost worse. Like his Mom, Aubrey remained silent, too.

“I know I can do this,” Tomas had argued. “I’m good at it. No, not just good, but really good. A man from San Diego specifically came up here to recruit me. He said I’ve got talent, I’ve got skills. I can’t say I’ve seen that level of enthusiasm from any of the new media companies I applied to. Mr. Park really wants me.”

Telling his parents he was going to forgo a career in new media in favor of playing video games for a living went about as well as Tomas expected, which meant the news landed with a giant thud.

“Playing games for a living?” His father had blustered. “That’s about the lamest thing I’ve ever heard. We didn’t send you to school for four years and thousands of dollars . . . blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.”

Tomas tuned his Dad out in short order, but then his mother finally broke her silence. “I know you always enjoyed playing games, even when you were very little,” she said. “It might be fun, but you can’t make a living playing games, can you? I mean, it’s just not practical. Be real, Tomas. Don’t you want to do something worthwhile with your life?”

That was just the thing. Tomas did want to do something with his life . . . and he knew he could. This was his opportunity.

Times were always changing. Back in his parent’s youth, you couldn’t make a living playing video games. Who would want to watch someone play pong or space invaders? But nowadays, from Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) to League of Legends, Smite, and beyond, games had become their own virtual worlds—complete with dedicated player athletes as well as committed fans. The world—virtual and real—had changed.

Sitting next to him in the back of the car, Aubrey reached over and squeezed his knee. She knew when to be quiet. It wasn’t her place to interject herself in this row between Tomas and his parents. Tomas felt her silence reassuring.

He explained how Hyun Park, team “Otherworld’s” sponsor and manager, had reached out to him off and on over the last few years, culminating with an offer when Mr. Park visited the school last month. He promised Tomas $45K a year for three years, plus match fees, sponsorship opportunities, and fan interaction bonuses. In return, Tomas would be part of his team and participate in the League of Legends tourneys. To get paid that kind of money, straight out of school and for doing something he absolutely loved, seemed an absolute no-brainer.

His Mom and Dad felt otherwise.

“Don’t’ give in,” Aubrey whispered to him. “I know this is important to you. You’ve never failed at anything you’ve tried in your whole life. You’ll be good at this, too. You’ll show them.”

Aubrey’s words had meant the world to Tomas. They’d buoyed him through the rough spots in recent months as he moved forward with his plans, despite his parent’s misgivings.

Now, six months later, he was about to enter the arena with his teammates in the first round of this year’s League of Legends playoffs. If they won today, he and his team would move on to the quarterfinals . . . and who knows where to after that?

He was getting paid just as Mr. Park had promised, but the prize money in this tournament was even bigger, with a quarter of a million dollars going to the top team. He couldn’t even imagine that much money. Granted, he alone wouldn’t get the entire prize, but winning the tournament in and of itself would go a long way to showing his Mom and Dad that gaming as a profession was the real deal—something he truly could make a living at—and that he had made the right decision after all.

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CORE Gaming Backpack: Good for Game Time, Go Time & Guaranteed for a Lifetime

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One week in, Mobile Edge’s very first Kickstarter campaign to support production of its full-featured CORE Gaming Backpack is more than 20% funded toward its 45-day, $30,000 goal.

Clearly, gamers know a good thing when they see it. The CORE Gaming Backpack from Mobile Edge is the real deal, and so is your opportunity to get one. Early bird pricing may soon be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to back this project, save big, and get rewards!

Designed, developed, prototyped, tested, and produced by gamers, specifically for gamers, the CORE Gaming Backpack is a full-featured bag designed to provide easy-access storage, transportation, and power on-the-go for all the gear gamers need to be at their gaming best—and it’s backed by Mobile Edge’s famous Lifetime Warranty.

Just jump on over to our Kickstarter Page for details on special offers and how you can be among the first to get your hands on this bag first before others do.

The CORE Gaming Backpack is great for any gamer or gaming enthusiast who wants to begin using it immediately as part of his or her gaming repertoire, as well as for gift giving with the winter holidays approaching.

Ways You Can Help

There’s More to Come

Watch for our next blog on Thursday for another update on Kickstarter status, plus the next segment of our special feature where we follow the fictional (but fact-based) exploits of a team of up-and-coming esports participants!

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