As the synergy between professional sports and gaming continues to grow, a trio of power players in both industries announced a partnership, just in time for the Super Bowl.
In the words of Twitch’s Twitter feed:
“Twitch streamers. NFL stars. Fortnite.”
More specifically, Twitch, the NFL Players Association and Epic Games are teaming up for a series of Fortnite events pairing NFL players with streamers to raise money for charity.
Among the reported planned competitions will be the NFLPA Open on Jan. 15, when select active NFL players will compete for the title of “Best Fortnite Player in the League.”
But the biggest event is the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl, in which 16 Twitch streamers will team with 16 NFL figures to compete in a variety of games leading up to the Super Bowl. The first event began Tuesday, with other broadcasts to be held Tuesdays before the final live event in Miami Gardens, Florida — site of Super Bowl LIV — on Jan. 30.
Injured Raiders rookie defensive back Johnathan Abram tweeted he is teaming with streamer Nicholas “Nick Eh 30” Amyoony on Tuesday to face Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and streamer Malachi “Reverse2K” Greiner.
Super Bowl LIV will be Feb. 2.
— Field Level Media