Esports tournament organizer of Ukrainian origin WePlay Esports has announced a partnership with OTK Media, the content powerhouse owned by popular Twitch streamer Asmongold.
The two companies will reportedly work together on unique and authentic content. According to the official statement, One True King Media will gain access to WePlay’s production space based in Los Angeles called WePlay Arena. As a result, OTK seeks to create special user experiences during its broadcasts using AR and VR technologies.
OTK x @WePlay_Esports
A new era. pic.twitter.com/HTJOOdvPxE
— OTK (@OTKnetwork) June 7, 2022
WePlay Arena x OTK experience
The partnership was announced on Asmongold’s Twitch channel, showing a video of him and his team including Mizkif, Emiru, Esfand, and other content creators at the newly opened WePlay Esports Arena. WePlay’s second esports venue, which boasts 1,860 square meters and seats for 100 spectators, will serve OTK as a place to host entertainment and competitive events. WePlay’s first venue was established in Kyiv with a 1,000 square meters area and 200 visitors capacity.
Rich Campbell, Streamer and Professional Esports Host at OTK Media, commented on OTK’s future plans:
“We are excited to open the doors of our new home to the OTK community, with plans in store to utilize the space for esports events, live shows, and mixed-reality content.”
Founded in 2020, OTK Media is a relatively young media company that has already managed to fill its roster of partners with big names such as Mtn Dew, Mtn Dew Game Fuel, Gatorade, Twitch, and now WePlay Esports.
OTK Games Expo
OTK team announced a collaboration with WePlay Esports on June 7 and on the following day, the two companies already showed the world their joint project — the OTK Games Expo hosted in WePlay’s Los Angeles arena.
The main idea of the showcase is to show and promote new and upcoming projects by smaller development teams. The recent event showed a range of game trailers and announcements, developer interviews, game demos and updates and a table discussion about new titles.
The OTK Games Expo 👑
An online showcase of new and upcoming games, ranging from a variety of genres.
June 8th, 2022https://t.co/0n9r4IMuax pic.twitter.com/9QEyZZpDPi
— OTK (@OTKnetwork) March 27, 2022
Apart from the reveals, OTK held a game contest with a $50,000 prize fund. As a part of the contest, viewers voted for their favorite game and the winners received money for the development of existing projects or for creating a completely new game. The event featured 30 indie studios competing for prize money. Along with money, OTK also gave away a few custom Razer PCs. The winning titles of OTK Games Expo are Renown by RDBK Studios (first place) and Neodash by Axan Gray (second place).
Notorious Studios partnership
The final announcement of OTK Games Expo was the newly formed collaboration with Notorious Studios. As a part of the deal, One True King invested in the development of a new RPG by ex-Blizzard employees. The partnership is reportedly built on strong friendly relations, as people from both companies have reportedly known each other from competitive World of Warcraft. The founders of Notorious Studios include some of Blizzard’s former employees who worked on the game and were a part of the famous “Notorious” WoW guild, while OTK members themselves are also considered big names in the WoW community.
Chris Kaleiki, a co-founder of Notorious Studios, commented:
“Founders often ask me the best way to validate a game idea, and honestly, I think bouncing that idea off influencers in your given demographic is the best test of your thesis at that stage. And that’s what drove Notorious to connect with OTK in the beginning.”
Tips Out, COO of OTK Media, stated:
“OTK and Notorious coming together represent what we believe to be the future of game development and publishing. Never before has an influencer group of our size partnered with a game studio of Notorious caliber. We believe this partnership will change indie game development forever.”
We’re incredibly excited to announce our partnership with @notostudios ⚔️👑
Contributing to the next generation of High-Fantasy open world games is a dream come true and we look forward to working with @ckaleiki and the entire Notorious team! pic.twitter.com/yswCJJ3YKo
— OTK (@OTKnetwork) June 8, 2022
Image credit: OTK Media