Today the 1,000 Dreams Fund (1DF), a national non-profit that provides micro-grants that support the dreams of talented young women, is excited to announce an expansion

HyperX Partners with 1,000 Dreams Fund to Support Women in Gaming

ESports

Partnering with HARMAN, Allied Esports and HyperX, 1DF
Will Award

$1K Microgrants and Behind-the-Scenes VIP Gaming Experience to

Nine Young Women Pursuing Careers in Esports and Gaming

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 13, 2019 – Today the 1,000 Dreams Fund
HyperX, 1DF a national non-profit that provides micro-grants that support the dreams of talented young women, is excited to announce an expansion of its BroadcastHER Academy Powered by HARMAN program, which was announced at the E3 Expo in June 2018. In partnership with HARMAN, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, premier esports entertainment company Allied Esports, and HyperX, 1DF kicks off its inaugural BroadcastHER Academy Challenge (#BroadcastHERAcademy) today.  

Esports,
a booming and lucrative industry, is expected to exceed $1.65 billion
in global revenue by 2021, according to Newzoo—and Statista reports that
about 44% of gamers are women.
While women are rising in influence, the challenges they face in what
is still considered to be a “male-dominated” world include a substantial
pay gap.

Over
the next four weeks, 1DF invites young women pursuing careers in
esports and gaming—whether in front-of or behind
the camera—to enter for a chance to win the ultimate prize: a $1,000
microgrant to use toward their gaming goals, and an all-expense paid
trip to Allied Esports’ global flagship venue, HyperX Esports Arena Las
Vegas, where they will work side-by-side with
the production and executive teams to execute an event. A total of nine
challenge winners will be announced by 1DF based on the quality of
their entry, which focuses on their goals in gaming and demonstrated
need.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this incredible initiative and welcome the opportunity to provide inspiration and guidance to ambitious female gamers,” said Simon Temperley, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer of Allied Esports. “We are proud to work together with our partners HARMAN and HyperX to support 1DF and a movement that we not only deeply believe in, but feel is vital to the growth and success of the industry.”

“The world of esports is capturing the zeitgeist of our time, through the advanced use of technology, and socially, through the many industry advocates that create new pathways for success, independent of gender,” said Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN President and CEO. “Supporting diversity is a value we share with 1DF, Allied Esports and HyperX, and the microgrant program will continue to empower a bold generation of female leaders in the gaming industry.”

“Our
BroadcastHER Academy Challenge is certain to change lives thanks to
this incredible prize package from our amazing group of strategic
partners,”
says 1,000 Dreams Fund Founder and CEO Christie Garton. “In addition to
the microgrant from HARMAN, a behind-the-scenes experience with the
Allied team at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas will open their eyes
to new and creative ways to turn their talents
into full-time careers.”

HARMAN and 1DF are long-time partners in the quest to support the advancement of young women in the arts and sciences: Through
their New Face of Tech Scholarship Program over $16,000 has been granted to inspiring young women in tech.

“We’re
blown away daily by the emerging talent in the esports industry and
excited to be part of this partnership supporting
future female champions—both players, and working behind the scenes,”
says Wendy Lecot, head of HyperX strategic alliances. “Aspiring women in
this industry today will have the opportunity to share their
experiences with future broadcasters and we are proud
to be a part of this initiative.”  

About the 2019 BroadcastHER Academy Challenge

  • How it works:
    Applicants will
    enter via a photo challenge that showcases the applicants’ breadth and
    depth of talent, commitment, and interest in gaming/broadcasting as a
    career
  • How to apply: The Challenge will
    be accessible on the 1DF microsite
    and dedicated 1DF Facebook tab
  • Who can apply: College-aged women
    18 years of age and older, who are based in the U.S.
  • Key dates:
    Challenge launches
    on February 12, 2019, and winners will be selected the weeks of 2/18,
    2/25, and 3/4. The three final winners will be announced at a live event
    on March 15 at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas.

About the 1,000 Dreams Fund

The 1,000 Dreams Fund
(1DF) is a national scholarship fund for American girls in high school
and college. 1DF believes that big expenses should never stand in the
way of big dreams. Since its launch in November 2015, over $100,000 in
funding has been granted to talented young women
in need, helping them pay for the "extras" in school like study abroad,
tech devices for the classroom and travel to conferences and seminars.
1DF has been featured on Cheddar TV, NBCNews.com, USA Today,
MarketWatch, Forbes, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune,
Entrepreneur, TODAY and others. To learn more about 1DF, visit http://1000dreamsfund.org/

About HARMAN
HARMAN (harman.com)
designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers,
consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems,
audio and visual products, enterprise automation
solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With
leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®,
Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles,
musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform
around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today
are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software
services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are
connected, integrated and secure across all platforms,
from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of
approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In
2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics
Co., Ltd.

About Allied Esports

Allied
Esports is a premier esports entertainment company with a global
network of dedicated esports properties and content production
facilities. Its mission is to connect players, streamers
and fans via integrated arenas and mobile esports trucks around the
world that serve as both gaming battlegrounds and every day content
generation hubs. Allied Esports is a subsidiary of Ourgame International
(SEHK:899), owner of WPT Enterprises, Inc., the
operator of The World Poker Tour®. Ourgame has entered into an
agreement with Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: BRAC) to combine,
once all applicable shareholder and regulatory consents have been
obtained, Allied Esports and the World Poker Tour to form
Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. Through direct operation and
affiliate relationships via the Allied Esports Property Network, the
first esports venue affiliate program available to partners looking to
open new esports facilities around the world, Allied
Esports locations currently include 11 properties in the top three
esports markets across the globe: North America’s HyperX Esports Arena
Las Vegas, HyperX Esports Truck, Esports Arena Orange County and Esports
Arena Oakland; Europe’s Esports Truck “Big Betty”
and Studio in Hamburg, Germany; and China’s Lianmeng Dianjing in
Beijing, Lianmeng Dianjing SEG Arena in Shenzhen, Lianmeng Dianjing
Tianjin Arena, Lianmeng Dianjing Gui’an Arena and Lianmeng Dianjing LGD
Gaming Hangzhou Arena. The Allied Esports Property
Network’s 12th property, run by Fortress Esports, is expected to open
in Melbourne, Australia in 2019. For more information about Allied
Esports and its global network of properties, visit
AlliedEsports.gg and follow @AlliedEsports.

About HyperX Gaming

HyperX
is the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the
world’s largest independent
memory manufacturer, with the goal of providing gamers, PC builders,
PC, console and mobile power users with high-performance components. For
16 years, the HyperX mission has been to develop gaming products for
all types of gamers – high-speed memory, solid
state drives, headsets, keyboards, mice, charging accessories for
console players, USB flash drives, and mouse pads – to the gaming
community and beyond. The award-winning HyperX brand in known for
consistently delivering products that deliver superior comfort,
aesthetics, performance, and reliability. HyperX gear is the choice of
celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, and overclockers
worldwide because it meets the most stringent product specifications and
is built with best-in-class components. HyperX
has shipped over 60 million memory modules and seven million gaming
headsets worldwide. Join the global #HyperXFamily at
facebook.com/hyperxcommunity, learn how HyperX products can enhance your
console experience and boost performance for both you and your
PC, console or mobile device at hyperxgaming.com. Whatever your skill
level, whatever genres you play, we embrace all gaming enthusiasts
everywhere with our core belief — We’re All Gamers.

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