- Allied Esports and TV Azteca have announced NATION VS NATION, a PUBG tournament featuring North American and Mexican teams.
- This is the first product of the companies’ previously-announced partnership, which will span esports events, content, and a content delivery platform.
- NATION VS NATION is Allied Esports’ first production for the Latin American market.
After signing an exclusive agreement in March, esports venue operator and content producer Allied Esports and Mexican TV network TV Azteca have revealed their first collaborative event.
NATION VS NATION is a PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) competition that pits four North American players and streamers against a 40-player Mexican team. The North American team, captained by former competitive first-person shooter player Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel (who is also the co-founder and Chief Gaming Officer of ReadyUp), will attempt to be the last squad standing against the much larger combined Mexican force. The Mexican team includes pro players, streamers, and unnamed celebrities, according to a release, with 32 of the slots filled by fans via a qualifying tournament.
The event takes place today, and will coincide with the launch of TV Azteca’s Azteca Gaming brand. NATION VS NATION will be broadcast on TV Azteca platforms, including live via its digital properties, and will also be simulcast in English via Allied Esports’ Twitch channel. This is Allied Esports’ first production for the Latin American market. The event is being held at Foro Totalplay, a venue in Mexico City.
“Latin America represents a massive and transformative opportunity for Allied Esports,” said Frank Ng, co-CEO of Allied Esports parent company Ourgame Holdings International, in a release. “By combining our live events experience with TV Azteca’s unequaled reach as the number-one sports network in Mexico, this crucial esports ecology partnership will be a major driver in building out the offline-online environment at the core of Allied Esports’ global strategy.”
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The partnership was announced in March as part of a deal between Allied Esports’ sister company World Poker Tour and TV Azteca parent company, Grupo Salinas. At the time, a release noted that Allied Esports and Grupo Salinas were working on an agreement to produce live esports events, esports content, and a content delivery platform in Mexico and across Latin America.
Allied Esports and the World Poker Tour are currently owned by Ourgame International, but have entered into an agreement with Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. to form the new Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval. The Allied Esports Property Network currently spans 11 international esports venues, some owned and directly operated, and others included via affiliate partnerships.