EL SEGUNDO, Calif., February 9, 2016 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced that ASUS will serve as the Preferred Gaming Monitor Partner at Wizard World pop culture, comic con and gaming conventions throughout 2016, beginning with Portland, February 19-21.
ASUS monitors will be featured in eSports competitions and free play areas at Wizard World comic con and Gaming events. The industry-leading monitors will also be integrated with Official Anime Entertainment Partner BANDAI NAMCO’s Tekken 7 gaming cabinets. Wizard World is the only tour in the U.S. offering consumers a chance to free play the pre-release game and even compete in tournaments for cash and prizes.
“Teaming with ASUS is another important step in providing our fans with the best quality to enhance their experience at Wizard World shows,” said John Macaluso , CEO, Wizard World, Inc., “We hope that this is just the beginning of a mutually prosperous partnership with such a significant global player in the tech world.”
Vivian Lien, Chief Marketing Officer at ASUS Computer International, believes this close partnership strongly supports both eSports and the growing community of gamers. “Although eSports has become an incredible phenomenon recently, ASUS has been developing industry leading motherboards, notebooks, graphics cards and monitors for gamers since day one. We’re excited about this opportunity to provide monitors for the Wizard World Tour, and can’t wait to see the results from these intense the competitions.”
The 2016 Wizard World convention schedule is comprised of 18 events, celebrating pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, gaming, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, anime, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World will also allocate significant space on the exhibit floor for major gaming-focused activations and a live streaming competition stage at 10 of its conventions to be held in the following cities:Portland, Ore. (Feb. 19-21); St. Louis (April 1-3); Minneapolis (May 6-8); Philadelphia (June 2-5);Sacramento , Calif. (June 17-19); Columbus, Ohio (July 29-31); Orlando, Fla. (August 5-7); Chicago(August 18-21); Austin, Texas (September 23-25); and Pittsburgh (November 4-6).
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 16,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 5,200 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.
About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (http://www.wizardworld.com ) produces comic con and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store ( www.shopwizardworld.com), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.