ASUS Republic of Gamers and ESL FACEIT Group extend Official OEM Partnership for ESL Pro League Season 18

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TAIPEI, Taiwan, August 17, 2023 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) and the ESL FACEIT Group (EFG) are pleased to announce the extension of their partnership as ROG becomes the exclusive Official OEM Partner for ESL Pro League (EPL) Season 18, building on their successful integrations during the ESL Pro League Season 16 and Season 17. The partnership extension will see ROG continue as ESL Pro League's Official OEM Partner, ahead of its 18th season.

Through the partnership, ROG will continue to enjoy multiple brand integrations in several broadcast segments. Additionally, through various audience engagement opportunities during the live streams, they hope to further inspire fans and gamers worldwide to boost their overall gaming experience by introducing them to the ROG Strix SCAR 16/18 series gaming laptop powered with top-of-the-line 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 processors. These top-tier systems promise to enhance the overall gaming experience and motivate players to reach new heights.

ESL and ROG joined forces last summer for three ESL Challenger tournaments, EPL Season 16, and later on also EPL Season 17. These integrations proved to be fruitful in raising the audience's awareness of the ROG brand and their involvement helped to further position ESL events as a must-watch in the global esports calendar.

Galip Fu, ASUS Head of Global Marketing for Consumer and Gaming Laptops comments: "ROG has maintained a steadfast dedication to gaming and esports, consistently showing our unwavering support for these vibrant communities. This Autumn, we are incredibly excited to team up again with Intel and ESL for ESL Pro League Season 18. Through our work together in the past couple years, from 2019 when we first started working together on ESL One to 2022 when we began working on ESL Challenger, we saw the passion and enthusiasm from esports fans for high-performance hardware. This has pushed us to persist in our pursuit of delivering the most exceptional gaming solutions available in the market."

Bastian Veiser, Director Partner Management, ESL FACEIT Group comments: "We're excited to announce the extension of our partnership with ASUS ROG for ESL Pro League Season 18! EPL has an overarching mission to support and equip professional players to help them reach their full potential while competing on a global stage but to also motivate fans to reach new heights when playing – and we believe our partnership with ASUS, alongside Intel, will help us to achieve this."

Alex Inglot, ESL Pro League Commissioner comments: “I'm excited to see the continued collaboration between ESL FACEIT Group and ASUS ROG for ESL Pro League Season 18. This partnership showcases our commitment to not only advancing the competitive esports landscape but also enhancing the gaming experiences of players and fans alike. Through ASUS ROG's cutting-edge technology and unwavering support, we're excited to take another stride forward in our mission to elevate esports to unprecedented heights. This partnership reaffirms ESL FACEIT Group’s dedication to excellence, and I'm confident that together, we'll continue to set new standards and inspire the global gaming community."

ESL Pro League Season 18 is set to kick off in Malta on August 30, seeing 32 of the world's best Counter-Strike rosters go head to head in the Group Stage. At stake are a spot in the Playoffs on September 26 — October 1, 2023, and the lion's share of the US$850,000 total prize pool. For more information about EPL S18, and the latest updates, please visit the official website, and follow ESL Counter-Strike on X (Twitter), Facebook, and Instagram.

Originally established in 2015, the ESL Pro League is the world's longest-running professional Counter-Strike league, featuring the best teams from around the world. The event, split into two seasons a year, provides a unique challenge in the Counter-Strike esports calendar and is highly valued by teams, players, and fans alike.