Chattanooga, TN (August 23, 2017) - Today, TenGIG announced their inaugural esports festival, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee from October 6 to 8. Launched in partnership with EPB Fiber Optics of Chattanooga, VaynerMedia and Next Generation Esports (NGE), TenGIG will bring thousands of attendees to play and stream the biggest games in esports on EPB’s blazingly fast community-wide fiber network, offering speeds of up to 10 Gbps as a standard offer, the fastest internet in the world.
TenGIG is a new style of gaming festival – combining esports, innovation, music and food - that allows attendees to enjoy events across downtown Chattanooga. EPB is powering every venue with the internet speed that made it PCMag’s “Best ISP for Gaming in the U.S.” for the last two years, so attendees can stream content across their social networks with stability and clarity.
“In Chattanooga, we have the fastest, most-pervasive internet in the world and a high quality of life. Guests attending TenGIG will experience not only the best fiber network for gaming, but also a city that's focused on innovation and empowering people to lead the best life possible,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “Through the weekend activities in our innovation district and watching collegiate gamers compete, this festival will inspire young Chattanoogans while showcasing tech talent in our city.”
Games take the main stage, with NGE producing an incredible weekend full of competition and prizing with some of esports’ biggest and rising IPs. TenGIG will host a League of Legends Southeastern Collegiate Invitational – bringing in thousands of regional collegiate League of Legends players to compete. Also, TenGIG will host a 24-hour/day PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) LAN open play – streaming 100 feeds simultaneously. The 100-person battle-royale survival game, developed by Bluehole, has quickly become one of the biggest games in the country, clocking millions of downloads since its launch in March.
In another ‘first,’ TenGIG will have FOUR Killer Queen arcade cabinets located throughout the city. The wildly addictive 5v5 arcade strategy game is the most exclusive arcade game in the world – with only 28 cabinets in existence across the globe.
TenGIG is also about celebrating innovation – and with a host of panels and activations curated by VaynerExperience (VaynerMedia’s new live events division), attendees will be able to interact and engage with the titans of the tech and gaming worlds – as panelists discuss breaking into the industry and more.
“TenGIG is our opportunity to showcase Chattanooga as America’s premiere city for gaming and by extension for our nation’s most innovative companies and talent,” said Hodgen Mainda, Vice President of Community Development for EPB. “In a place where every home and business has access to the fastest internet speeds with the lowest latency, you have a nearly instantaneous window on the world whether you’re playing a shooter and need to get the drop on an opponent in New York or you’re running a company and want an edge over your competition in Austin.”
“With both top tech talent and innovative ideas flowing through Chattanooga, VaynerMedia is proud to spearhead the innovation track for the TenGIG festival”, says Mickey Cloud, senior vice president and head of VaynerMedia’s Chattanooga office. “Continued innovation and jumping onto emerging consumer platforms, like influencer marketing, voice technology and e-sports, is a focus for our agency. Part of our mission in Chattanooga is to see how we can impact and help foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem growing in the Innovation District”
TenGIG will take place October 6-8 with tickets priced at $99 and available now for purchase online at www.tengigfestival.com.
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Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area. EPB serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.
In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first, and to date, only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid. For more information, go to EPB.com
NGE (Next Generation Esports) is a premier independent esports production company. NGE produces high quality live-streamed competitive gaming broadcasts and events with a growing catalog of top esports titles from partners including Blizzard, Psyoni, Cygames, Supercell, and Amazon Game Studios. NGE was founded in 2015 by industry veterans with a passion for creating premium esports entertainment. Broadcasting from its studios in Burbank, California, NGE strives to unify gamers as competitors, spectators, and community. For more information, visit www.nge.io .
VaynerMedia is a full-service digital agency built for the now. We partner with clients to drive their business outcomes with best-in-class modern video production, media planning & distribution, influencer marketing, Google & Alexa voice services, and everything in between. VaynerExperience is VaynerMedia’s new live events division, specializing in finding underpriced attention, understanding emerging trends, and capitalizing on cultural moments.
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