TeSPA and Blizzard Entertainment Unveil the Membership Milestone Program

  TeSPA and Blizzard Entertainment Unveil the Membership Milestone Program

   New Rewards and Incentives Help to Support College Gaming Groups at the
                               Grassroots Level

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- February 7, 2014

TeSPA and Blizzard Entertainment have announced a partnership that will bring
unprecedented support to college gaming groups throughout North America. For
the first time, college gaming groups will be able to unlock funding and other
tangible benefits as their communities grow through the Membership Milestone

As part of the partnership, Blizzard will back student groups in the TeSPA
network by guaranteeing event funding, unique in-game rewards, and unrivaled
promotion opportunities to active TeSPA chapters. This backing will help
chapters strengthen their communities by providing vital resources needed to
host local gaming competitions and viewing events.

“TeSPA has been a positive force in the eSports community built from the
ground up by a small group of dedicated fans,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and
co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “By partnering with TeSPA we hope to
give back to the players in a very new way to add fuel to an already thriving
collegiate scene.”

The Membership Milestone program outlines structured benefits to student
groups and provides critical materials needed to scale, including free access
production equipment for events, a leadership and technical instruction
manual, and customized banners for campus advertisement. The new program aims
to establish the foundation of a vibrant eSports ecosystem that is supported
from both the grassroots and professional level.

“Our goal is to empower passionate students to bring their eSports dreams to
life,” said TeSPA co-founder Adam Rosen. “By doing this, we hope to cultivate
thriving eSports communities while fostering the next generation of
entrepreneurial business leaders in the gaming industry.” TeSPA aims to
establish campus chapters across all of North America, and is specifically
targeting 75 of the most influential campuses to seed student gaming programs
in 2014.

Open recruitment for students looking to take advantage of TeSPA’s membership
benefits has now begun. Students looking to join TeSPA with an existing group
or to create a new group on their campus should apply at tespa.org/apply/.

About TeSPA

The eSports Association (TeSPA) is a network of the top student talent in
eSports and gaming. The TeSPA network is composed of Local Chapters which
develop eSports communities on their campuses by hosting events such as
competitive gaming tournaments and social viewing events. TeSPA aspires to
cultivate communities capable of producing professional-caliber eSports
experiences at every university and high school in North America. TeSPA’s
founders, Adam Rosen, Tyler Rosen, and Chris Kelly, are members of Blizzard
Entertainment’s eSports team.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft^® and the
Warcraft^®, StarCraft^®, and Diablo^® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
(www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), is a
premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for
creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard
Entertainment’s track record includes sixteen #1-selling games and multiple
Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net^®, is
one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

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Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Steven Khoo
Public Relations Manager
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Adam Rosen
Tyler Rosen
Chris Kelly
Chief Community Officer
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