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Gameloft Launches the First Edition of the “Asphalt esports Series” Competition

Gameloft pushes the boundaries of mobile esports with Black Shark, the official gaming device of the competition, in collaboration with ESL


Paris, May 16, 2019 - Gameloft, leader in the development and publishing of games, announces the launch of the “Asphalt esports Series,” a new mobile esports tournament in the world’s most downloaded mobile racing franchise. Gameloft is taking it to the next level, partnering with ESL, the leading esports company, and bringing on Black Shark as the official gaming device of the tournament’s first edition. An end fitting this inaugural “Asphalt esports Series,” the grand finale will happen at Gamescom, the largest gaming expo in Europe.


The “Asphalt esports Series” will offer the players from nine countries the chance to face off in Asphalt 9: Legends, the multi-awarded mobile racing game. To spice up the competition, Gameloft has invited Porsche as the official car brand of the tournament. For four months, players will be able to enter an intense racing competition and compete to qualify for the grand finale where only the best player from each country* will be able to try and win the €20,000 prize.


“Esports coming to mobile is a natural evolution of the industry and a testament to how important mobile gaming has become. Aligned with Gameloft’s philosophy to provide the best gaming experiences to all players, we want to offer everyone a chance to play on stage at one of the world’s biggest events in the gaming industry” stated Damien Marchi, VP Marketing & Communications at Gameloft. “With this first “Asphalt esports Series”, we push the competition further by combining the best mobile gaming device with Black Shark and the benchmark for mobile racing games with Asphalt 9: Legends.”


David Li, Global VP at Black Shark adds “As a gaming company made by gamers, we are very proud to partner up with Gameloft on this new esports competition. This collaboration confirms that smartphones are definitely the new leading gaming devices. We are confident that our cutting-edge technology will help gamers exceed their capacity and discover a whole new dimension of mobile gaming.”


Equipped with the best liquid cooling system in the industry, the Black Shark 2 includes features such as the world’s lowest latency screen touch and the world’s 1st DSP used on a smartphone, a technology that offers the most advanced graphics performance, even on demanding games.


The first qualification rounds for the “Asphalt esports Series presented by Black Shark” will begin on May 20th, 2019. The best teams will be selected depending on their overall ranking and will then meet in Germany for the grand finale in August at Gamescom.


*The “Asphalt esports Series presented by Black Shark” is open to the following markets: France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdoms and United States.

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