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EMERGE Esports launches a new retail line

EMERGE Esports launches a new retail line

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EMERGE Esports, Southeast Asia’s esports network organisation, has launched a new retail line, EMPOWER, and an exclusive collection of co-designed apparel which will be physically available for purchase at its first pop-up store located at Funan. Held in conjunction with The International 2022 (TI11) hosted in Singapore, EMPOWER has partnered with professional teams on the DOTA Pro Circuit (DPC) including TI debutants, BOOM Esports, TI3 champion Alliance, and gaming juggernaut Talon.

The brand is also collaborating with Chinese esports merchandise company, ONWEAR, to bring two other top eight teams in the DPC, 2022 ESL One Malaysia runner-up Team Aster, as well as the North American DOTA 2 giant, TSMFTX, onboard. EMPOWER will not only feature the teams’ jerseys and a never-before-revealed line of apparel but will also celebrate and commemorate gameplay highlights of the various teams. Both fans and the public will also be allowed in on an experiential tour at the pop-up as they relive the highs and learn about the history of these esports teams.

Currently, most merchandise is sold online through the team’s own eCommerce or social commerce platforms. For its first launch, fans will be able to shop at their preferred online or offline platform. Fans can choose to purchase ahead of time from the EMPOWER’s online store and subsequently collect their purchases at the inaugural pop-up at Funan. The collection will also be available for purchase at a later date through distribution partners Wanyoo Cyber Cafe, Reality Rift Arena (Bugis+ outlet), and at the pop-up store.

EMPOWER will look to further expand its omnichannel strategy for other upcoming launches with doorstep delivery made available.

“With EMPOWER, we want visitors to immerse themselves in the esports fandom like never before”, explains Koh Jia Jun, chief operating officer of EMERGE Esports. “We want to emulate and build upon the traditional sports scene. Similar to traditional sports, we want to unite fans through their mutual love for their favourite esports teams and players. We are also looking to widen our omnichannel strategy and open more of such retail and experience centres across Southeast Asia, especially in big gaming economies such as Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.”

While the launch of EMPOWER focuses on partnering with participating esports teams in the DOTA 2 pro circuit, there will be an extension to teams in other gaming titles. “The esports merchandise market holds huge untapped potential, and we believe that through our initiative we can empower teams to grow by offering them an alternative revenue stream. We have debuted with DOTA 2 teams, but we plan to expand to teams and esports athletes playing in other gaming titles very soon,” shares Yah Ting Zhi, head of talent and team management at EMERGE Esports.

At its first launch, fans can expect signed jerseys in limited quantities for sale, a chance to meet their favourite esports personalities at the Funan pop-up store, and one lucky fan will also be rewarded with a PlayStation 5 set. Other brands featured at the experiential store include Singapore gaming headset brand IINVICTOR and esports gaming tournament platform, GEMS. Following the launch, EMPOWER looks to introduce even more fan-based events such as meet-and-greets to bring fans and teams across the region together.

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