Rivalcade, Inc. and Venturis Partners, LLC announced a ground-breaking partnership for the creation of Rivalcade Live eSports tournaments and events as part of the Atlantic City Fan Expo (ACFX), an experiential, inclusive fan expo located at the Showboat Hotel on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City this summer.
Starting Memorial Day weekend, and running 15 weeks through Labor Day weekend, the Showboat Hotel will host the ACFX in its renovated 150,000-square-foot former casino space. The ACFX will combine eSports, video game arcades, laser tag, Cosplay, Anime, Ted-X style panels and seminars and more, which will all be available together under one roof for the expected 2.7 million seasonal Atlantic City summer visitors. Adjacent to the Showboat will be a large beer garden on an enclosed beach offering live music, movies, and other entertainment.
Rivalcade founder and CEO Scott O’Leary stated, “Rivalcade is really excited to work with ACFX to produce Rivalcade Live eSports competitions and events at the Showboat this summer. There is going to be so much going on at the ACFX, and huge crowds. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help grow and support eSports in Atlantic City, not to mention the ability to stream world-class competitions from this world-famous location.”
As the exclusive eSports Partner for ACFX, Rivalcade will supervise the production of live eSports competitions and special events under the Rivalcade Live moniker. Rivalcade Live will be staged in the 2,300-seat Sandbox Theater and will host eSports competitions across a variety of popular gaming titles, including Overwatch, Hearthstone, League of Legends, CSGO, and more. Rivalcade Live will also produce larger tournaments featuring leading professional eSports teams from around the world every weekend.
Rivalcade will also assist in activation of the eSports Gaming Lounge, a dedicated LAN center where players can play and compete every day on both PCs and consoles. In addition to tournaments and events, Rivalcade is also developing exclusive streaming entertainment content that will capture all the eSports fun and action at the Showboat all summer long. As part of its agreement with ACFX, Rivalcade is the exclusive agent for all partnerships and sponsorship negotiations connected with competitive eSports on premises. Rivalcade is currently developing sponsorship opportunities and activations with several endemic and non-endemic sponsors.
Bill Dever of Venturis Partners added, “We have an opportunity here at ACFX to provide a stage for the burgeoning world of eSports. In many ways, this is a world’s fair of eSports and will introduce people – many for the first time – to what will be a major part of the sports culture. With Scott O’Leary and Rivalcade you have a deeply committed vision and an equally committed team that is leading the way in the promotion of eSports.”
The ACFX and Rivalcade Live kick-off on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th and runs daily and on weekends through Labor Day Weekend, September 4th.