Location-Based Esports Events and Tournaments
TGS Esports Inc. (TSXV:TGS) is an emerging live esports events company that offers training, live and online tournaments, media services, and full esports leagues out of its purpose-built gaming facility in Richmond, British Columbia.
TGS Esports Inc. is the resulting company following a go-public transaction that saw Myesports Ventures Ltd. combine with Brockton Ventures Inc. TGS Esports’ first location opened in June 2019 and comprises 5500 square feet of gaming space including 60 custom gaming PCs, a full live competition stage with a capacity of 275, broadcasting capabilities and a direct 10-gigabyte fiber internet line.
TGS Esports intends to scale its presence across North America, establishing additional gaming stadium locations across the continent. As part of Phase 1 of the company’s revenue strategy, TGS Esports is currently offering courses and camps both online and in-person, in addition to online events and tournaments that have generated sponsorship opportunities for the company. TGS Esports also operates a retail store at the stadium including food, beverage and merchandise options. The company’s aim is to ultimately become a global leader in location-based esports events.
Moving forward, TGS Esports intends to pursue additional locations and events as part of its Phase Two revenue strategy. The company is also considering media and content licensing agreements, player representation, and equipment rental agreements.
TGS Esports’ Company Highlights
- Purpose-built stadium in Richmond, BC offers live tournaments, broadcasting, 60 gaming PCs and a live stage for gameplay
- Online tournaments, leagues, courses and camps allow for additional revenue streams while growing the TGS gaming community
- Data generated through these events and digital platforms can be monetized through sponsorships, testing, marketing offers, discount programs, loyalty bonuses and other opportunities
- Milestone events hosted include the TGS Hockey challenge, Fortnite Charity Skirmish Challenge and Bounty Online NBA2K Challenge
- Signed brand ambassador Tyler Seguin to help inform the company’s strategic growth planning while connecting esports with traditional athletics
TGS Esports’ Flagship Richmond Arena
TGS Esports’ flagship gaming arena is located in Richmond, British Columbia. The purpose-built gaming facility was opened in June 2019 and comprises 5500 square feet of gaming space including 60 custom gaming PCs, a full live competition stage, broadcasting capabilities and a direct 10-gigabyte fiber internet line.
TGS Esports’ flagship Richmond facility is designed to host live and online tournaments that can be broadcast around the world thanks to the production-grade equipment at the facility. TGS Esports currently offers courses, camps, online events and tournaments that have generated sponsorship opportunities for the company including partnerships with RedBull, Pepsi, HyperX, the Vancouver Canucks, and brand ambassador NHL star Tyler Seguin.
TGS Esports also operates a retail store at the stadium including food, beverage and merchandise options.
TGS Esports’ Events and Partnerships
In its efforts to bring location-based esports to the masses, TGS Esports has expanded its event and partnership opportunities to include major corporate sponsors and some of the biggest names in professional sports. TGS Esports is also expanding its brand through digital platforms and content distribution channels including the company’s Twitch channel and its weekly esports radio show “The Game Show” hosted on Rogers Sportsnet 650 Vancouver.
TGS Esports has also partnered with HyperX, a popular choice of top-rated gamers, tech enthusiasts, and overclockers around the world, to provide the facility with the best in gaming peripherals and equipment at the Richmond gaming stadium. Under the partnership, HyperX has agreed to provide the memory and storage components for all 60 computers at the facility in addition to peripherals including headsets, keyboards, mousepads, and mice.
“To partner with an internationally recognized brand like HyperX is something we are truly proud of,” said TGS Esports CEO Spiro Khouri. “Our goal is to always bring the best in gaming to our community and with this partnership we can truly deliver on that. The equipment we will be able to provide is second to none and we are excited for anyone who comes to The Gaming Stadium to experience it first hand.”
TGS Esports Inc has partnered with professional athletes and teams from the NFL, NBA and NHL to throw online tournaments and gaming challenges like the May 2020 “Online Hockey Challenge” which included NHL stars such as Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars), Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators), Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus Blue Jackets), and Jake Virtanen (Vancouver Canucks). TGS Esports also partnered with NFL players Uchenna Nwosu & Emeke Egbule of the Los Angeles Chargers to present the Charity Skirmish Challenge in May 2020. The free online tournament was played entirely online, with the top two teams earning an opportunity to play an online game with Uchenna and Emeke.
In order to continue to advance the progress TGS Esports has made integrating the worlds of professional sports and esports, TGS Esports named NHL star Tyler Seguin as its Global Brand Ambassador in June 2020. “After dealing with the team at The Gaming Stadium for the Online Hockey Challenge, I was excited to explore an opportunity to work with them further,” said Seguin. “As a gamer myself, the fit was great from the start. I am a big fan of what they are building and am excited to be a part of the growth.”
TGS Esports’ Management Team
Spiro Khouri, CEO
Mr. Khouri was appointed CEO of TGS on September 11, 2019. Prior to becoming CEO he served in the role of VP, Sales & Marketing. Mr. Khouri is one of the founders of TGS and has been part of the leadership team since its inception. Prior to joining TGS, Mr. Khouri drove the opening of the Elements Esports Lounge, the first esports facility in a casino in Canada. Mr. Khouri has also spent time in the video game industry working on the marketing team at Electronic Arts on the popular Need for Speed franchise. In his role, Mr. Khouri traveled all over North and South America promoting the title “Need for Speed: The Run” to press, consumers, and buyers from major retailers. Mr. Khouri has a diverse sales & marketing background that began with his time in traditional sport at the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club, where he held the title of Director, Group Sales & Community Relations.
Matt Low, Operations
Matt, better known as Matticus, started one of the earliest World of Warcraft blogs in 2007. After he beat the game multiple times, he migrated over to a little known game called Hearthstone. Eager to meet with other card enthusiasts, he was disappointed to find that no events existed in Vancouver. He took it upon himself to start a Hearthstone meetup that began with only four people and organized tournaments and qualifiers that eventually eclipsed 100. The problem? He ran out of space.
Steve Orillion, Manager, Marketing & Sponsorships
Steve started his professional journey in 2011 when he took his first steps into games media with a focus on writing and video content. In 2015 he worked for AYBOnline as Content Managing Editor. Steve later moved in the gaming and tech sector when
he started with Memory Express as their Community Manager and Youtube Host. This ignited his passion for community, esports, and gaming. Steve joined the TGS team to lead content and community in a gaming-focused environment. He has been involved in content, hosting, and setting up esports tournaments in Canada for the past 5 years.
Helen Fan, General Manager
Before joining The Gaming Stadium, Helen was with the Collegiate Starleague (CSL), an online, collegiate esports league. For two years she served as a League of Legends Tournament Administrator. Moving on to become Lead Tournament Administrator, Helen supervised a group of game administrator’s while implementing processes to other esports titles under CSL. Now with The Gaming Stadium Helen leads the events team to bring exciting and meaningful experiences to gamers in BC.
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