Amazon Appstore Joins as Platinum Sponsor of Vainglory Summer Season Beginning Today

Vainglory, the World’s Leading Touchscreen Esport, Reveals New
Esports Structure

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vainglory, the world’s leading touchscreen esport, announced a premier
sponsorship with the Amazon Appstore to support their Summer 2016
esports season in both North America and Europe. The Vainglory Summer
Season begins today and runs through September 11. The top eight teams
per region will compete at the Summer Live Championships in North
America (September 2-5) and Europe (September 9-11) in front of a live
audience. As part of the program, Amazon will host the championships,
which are expected to set record viewing and participation numbers for
Vainglory’s esports events. In addition, the Amazon Appstore will be
rewarding players throughout the season with discounts and bonus Amazon
Coins
, the digital currency that lets customers save up to 25
percent off in-app purchases. The season’s competitive structure and
events are managed by Super Evil Megacorp and Twitch as part of their multi-year
deal
to enhance and grow Vainglory esports events.

“We’ve been working closely with Amazon since our inaugural Autumn
Season Championship, and their passion for and dedication to Vainglory
is going to make our Summer season the biggest and best yet,” said
Kristian Segerstrale, COO and executive director at Super Evil Megacorp.
“Amazon’s support, along with the continued work from our friends at
Twitch, will allow us to put on a top-notch season for Vainglory’s
community of millions. We’re excited to kick off the Summer Season today
in cooperation with the Amazon Appstore.”

The Amazon Vainglory Summer Season begins today with an all-new esports
structure. Twitch and Super Evil Megacorp are announcing “The Evil
Eight,” a new tier of elite competition in North America and Europe
featuring only the region’s Top 8 teams at any given time. These teams
will battle each weekend on twitch.tv/vainglory
in eight-team tournaments, earning points in championship standings.
Alongside will be a community-run “Challenger” tier of competition, with
weekly Evil Eight challenger battles. This two-tiered competitive
structure creates many more opportunities to broadcast clashes of elite
teams such as Team Solomid, G2 eSports, Team Secret, mousesports and SK
Gaming, while giving up-and-coming teams a path to their own tournament
victories and ultimately the seasonal championship. More details to be
announced soon.

“The Twitch community has shown a lot of love for Vainglory, making it
the fastest-growing mobile game on our platform,” said Nick Allen,
director of esports operations at Twitch. “Touchscreen esports has a lot
of potential right now given the ratio of mobile devices to PCs, with
Vainglory on track to really blow the doors wide open on this movement.
Adding more momentum is the new Evil Eight competitive structure, which
will make broadcasts of Vainglory even more engaging for viewers.”

Summer Season is poised to have 3-5 million viewers tune in to the
action, doubling the number of viewers from the Winter 2015 event. The
season will culminate in the Vainglory Summer Season Championships
taking place September 2-4 in North America and September 9-11 in
Europe. In addition to hosting the live events, Amazon and Vainglory
will be offering special Amazon Coins offers on ICE purchases and more.

Vainglory update 1.19 kicks off the Summer Season with a ton of new
in-game content. Players can now play with a new hero, Lyra, who uses
healing and protective magic to turn enemy positions into powerful zones
for her allies, plus she introduces teleportation into combat. In
addition, Summer Party Krul, Sylvan Kestrel Tier 1, Fury Rona Tier 2 and
North Wind Reim Tier 1 skins will become available weekly throughout
update 1.19. The Summer Season also marks the introduction of an all new
Summer skin for the map, and an entirely new progression system in which
players can earn Sunlight tokens from matches to earn bigger and better
seasonal awards. The update also includes Summer Chests full of daily
loot and exclusive Summer Party events.

Vainglory can be downloaded for free from the Amazon
Appstore
, The App
Store
and Google
Play
.

About Super Evil Megacorp

Super Evil Megacorp is a team of masters-at-their-craft game developers.
The company’s first title, Vainglory, quickly rose to become the
world’s largest mobile esport after its global launch in early 2015. In
less than a year, Vainglory has held live competitive gaming
events in Asia, North America and Europe, and awarded more than $350,000
in prize money. In addition to its success in the esports realm, Vainglory
has received top game development honors including Apple’s “Best Apps”
in 2014 and 2015, the Apple Design Award at WWDC, The IMGA’s Best
Technical Achievement and People’s Choice Awards, and the Tabby Award
for Best iPad game in the RPG, Simulation and Strategy category. Super
Evil Megacorp is based in San Mateo, CA. The team is currently 45 people
strong and is hiring. Super Evil has raised $41M in funding from backers
including General Catalyst, Index Ventures, Signia Venture Partners,
Korea Investment Partners, CrossCut Ventures, Initial Capital, The Raine
Group, ZhenFund, Yuri Milner, and Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital. For more
information, visit http://www.superevilmegacorp.com/
and http://www.vainglorygame.com/.

Contacts

fortyseven for Super Evil Megacorp
Sibel Sunar, 212-391-4707
evil@fortyseven.com