NACE Partners with Respawn Products
Partnership is first of product sponsors to streamline arena builds
KANSAS CITY, MO (March 2, 2018) –The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) announced today that Respawn Products, a North Carolina-based gaming furniture maker, is now the official gaming furniture provider for the 71 collegiate institutions with varsity esports programs across the United States that NACE supports.
One important mission of NACE is to help support colleges and universities in starting varsity esports programs, and one of the most critical components of a varsity team is having an esports arena on campus. For the last year and half, NACE has collected information from its member institutions to help advise others on how to quickly and cost-effectively build arenas on campus. The partnership with Respawn marks the first entry by NACE into helping institutions outfit arenas.
“Our partnership is the first step for us in providing a whole end to end ecosystem with trusted partners who our member institutions can rely upon to provide top-notch equipment. Just like traditional athletics, your facility is an important component for recruitment. More so, as students and administrators on campus continue to push for greater recognition of competitive gaming as a varsity sport, your arena is where your legitimacy begins. Having something that people can see and touch is a great tool when educating those unfamiliar with esports. Respawn Products is the new gaming arm of OFM, a company with a long history in supplying top notch furniture to some of the largest organizations in the world. Being able to lean on their expertise and to create a collaborative environment between their representatives and our membership is something we expect to take full advantage of,” said Michael Brooks, NACE Executive Director.
Blake Zalcberg, president of OFM, believes in the same manner of cooperation and teamwork as an active partner alongside NACE and their collegiate institutions. “We’re excited to be working with NACE and look forward to utilizing our decades of experience in the commercial furniture industry to make high quality gaming furniture available for the esports arenas of NACE member schools. Respawn Products is committed to taking the complexity out of the furniture buying experience, and assisting supporting NACE members schools in the process.”
The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of our member institutions and is the only governing body of college esports in North America. Together, our members are developing the structure and tools needed to advance collegiate esports in the varsity space. We are collaborating to lay the groundwork in areas such as: Eligibility, Path to Graduation, and Competition & Scholarships. NACE currently has 68 varsity esports programs as members, accounting for nearly all (94%) varsity programs across North America.
About Respawn Products
Launched in 2017, RESPAWN is a furniture brand that outfits a gamers’ environment to the fullest so that they can live to play another day. Powered by OFM’s expertise and vast R&D program, RESPAWN develops accessible gaming furniture with a true gamer in mind, with no compromise on quality or features. The first products from RESPAWN include a lineup of eight gaming chairs that are fully customizable to suit a range of gamers’ needs from adjustability features to style considerations. The RESPAWN product offering will continue to expand in the future, with additional seating and desk products planned for production. For more information visit respawnproducts.com.
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