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Esports Illustrated, the premier source for stories about the world of esports and competitive gaming, is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with HOF Gaming, a lifestyle and gaming organization founded by NFL superstars DeSean Jackson and Preston Smith. This collaboration aims to merge the realms of esports and traditional sports, offering fans a unique content experience featuring NFL athletes, esports players, and their favorite video games.

Through this partnership, Esports Illustrated and HOF will launch multiple content series featuring NFL superstars DeSean Jackson, Antonio Gibson and Call of Duty Warzone professional player, Zsmit.

“We are excited to launch this partnership with HOF Gaming,” says Nafeeza Hassan, president of Esports Illustrated. “It speaks tremendously to our mission of converging esports and traditional sports. We are thrilled to collaborate with HOF’s amazing roster of NFL superstars and professional gamers to deliver engaging content that will resonate with fans across both worlds.”

The content series includes:

  • Da Gulag Madden Tournament: HOF Founder, DeSean Jackson, joins Twitch Streamer, SL1M GHOST’s Gulag Tournament, where some of the best Madden NFL players play for cash prizes and recognition. Fans can on watch on Esports Illustrated’s Twitch channel, live on Wednesday, August 16 at 8 pm ET
  • DeSean Jackson Learns Call of Duty Warzone ft. zSmit: Join and watch Desean Jackson’s evolution from NFL superstar to Call of Duty Warzone contender, while being coached by professional player, zSmit. This four-part series will launch every Friday at 7 pm ET starting August 18th on Esports Illustrated’s YouTube channel.
  • Apex Legends Tournament hosted in partnership with zLeague: Hosted by zLeague and HOF Gaming, the Apex Legends Tournament Antonio Gibson Apex Duos Presented by HOF Gaming. Fans can follow coverage of the tournament on Esports Illustrated and watch it live on Thursday, August 31st at 8:00 pm ET on Esports Illustrated’s Twitch channel.

“Teaming up with Esports Illustrated is a monumental stride on our gaming journey with HOF Gaming. Their dedication to showcasing the passion and skill that defines esports aligns perfectly with our vision. The worlds of gaming, sports, and cutting-edge media converge.” - DeSean Jackson

About HOF Gaming

Hall of Fame Gaming is a lifestyle esports and content team that was founded by NFL Veteran DeSean Jackson and Packers LB Preston Smith. The goal of HOF Gaming was to merge the world of gaming and sports, and to create a platform for gamers to showcase their skills and talents. Jackson and Smith believe that gaming is a legitimate form of competition, and they want to give gamers the recognition and respect they deserve. They also see gaming as a way to connect with fans on a more personal level and to expand their reach beyond the football field.

About Esports Illustrated

Created by the GaudHammer Gaming Group, Esports Illustrated (ESI) is an all-inclusive platform dedicated to the world of esports and gaming. ESI dives deep into the captivating world of esports, featuring in-depth storytelling that highlights players, leagues, and creators. ESI takes fans behind the scenes of major events and the biggest games.

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