ANAHEIM, CA (November 20, 2019) — Mobile Edge is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Independent College Bookstore Association (ICBA), the American Video Game League (AVGL), a leading collegiate esports organization owned by BoomTV, and other gaming industry innovators to launch the first ever esports tournament series integrated with college bookstores across the United States.
“Since our founding in 2002, Mobile Edge has been at the forefront of producing innovative, cutting edge products embraced by gamers,” explains Mobile Edge President and CEO G. David Cartwright. “As esports and gaming continue to surge in popularity with both fans and players, we look forward to opportunities like this to work with colleges, students, and other leaders in the gaming industry to demonstrate our dedication to esports and its continued growth.”
In addition to its own line of Core gaming products, which features award-winning backpacks, mobile power accessories, and gear and apparel, Mobile Edge works with Razer on its world famous tactical gaming backpacks, and is the exclusive worldwide designer and manufacturer for Alienware backpacks, cases, and accessories, including Alienware gaming apparel.
This partnership will bring to life the AVGL Masters: Campus Gaming Series and lay the groundwork for positioning campus bookstores as valuable resources for the collegiate gaming community.
The program will start with a pilot tournament, which will inform a large-scale tournament series in Spring 2020. Student gamers will be required to visit their campus store to register for the Fortnite tournament, and then compete online on BoomTV on November 23. The top players will win the ability to “gamify” their dorm room with a substantial prizing package including a gaming laptop, monitor, peripherals, backpack, and router.
Participating schools for the pilot include Kennesaw State University, NC State University, Oklahoma State University, UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Maine, University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburgh, and Western Kentucky University.
The pilot is supported by brands including Predator by Acer, OMEN by HP, Belkin International, Core Gaming by Mobile Edge, and Viper by Patriot Gaming. The exclusive distribution partner is D&H Distributing.
Mobile Edge is supporting the tournament by providing product support for sweepstakes, giveaways and prizes, including the Core Gaming Backpack, Core Power accessories, and Core Mouse Pads, plus Alienware Vindicator 2.0 backpacks and briefcases and Alienware Area 51 backpacks and messenger bags.
About the ICBA
Since 1927, the ICBA has been focused exclusively on serving institutionally-affiliated college store Members. Its mission is to support the independent operation of a college store, which is the most effective way to serve campus stakeholders. ICBA provides value to its Members through education, networking, and vendor partner programs.
About the American Video Game League (AVGL)
The AVGL provides players and fans with opportunities to grow college esports through online tournaments, large-scale live events, content, and campus program support. Working with leading game publishers, brands, gaming events, and content platforms, millions of viewers have watched AVGL competitions that have included over 1,200 colleges and tens of thousands of live event attendees. The AVGL is owned by BoomTV, whose mission is to enable communities to easily produce and partake in virtual esports through a self-driving esports technology platform.
About Mobile Edge
Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge produces award-winning durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, totes, and more for busy professionals, road warriors, students, and gamers. Mobile Edge is known for its innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty, and commitment to customer satisfaction. Many leading computer manufacturers rely on Mobile Edge to design and build custom cases for their products.