CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2011 – Kicking off Major League Gaming’s Pro-Circuit Tournament in Orlando this weekend, SteelSeries, the leading global manufacturer of competitive gaming peripherals, announced the sponsorship of professional gamer, Tom “Tsquared” Taylor. Tsquared has been recognized as MLG’s All Star Game MVP twice, including nine 1st place finishes and he’s led his team to the MLG Mainstage finals 19 times to date. As one of the first star players to come out of Major League Gaming, Tsquared’s outgoing personality has helped shape the trajectory of the sport in the U.S.
“Tom is one of those rare players in eSports that does more than just dominate the game, but manages to help shape the way people learn about and perceive the sport. He has an impressive, loyal fan following as one of Major League Gaming’s original pro-stars,” said Kim Rom, SteelSeries CMO. “Tom brings together just the right combination of determination, focus, and an entrepreneurial attitude that we’re incredibly excited to collaborate with and sponsor.”
Tsquared says, “As a professional player in eSports, SteelSeries is a brand that you want to be associated with. They’re more than just a sponsor and partner, they have this incredible social community and followers, and are respected as a quality global brand; this allows me the opportunity now to influence the way a product is designed and built. You can see me decked out in SteelSeries gear this weekend at the MLG Pro Circuit event.”
With his impressive gaming skills, Tom is also a true mentor of gaming and has a reputation for providing tips and instruction for aspiring players. He participates in the Make a Wish Foundation, is the first celebrity or sports athlete to ever grace Dr Pepper bottles as part of a nationwide promotion appearing on over 175 Million gaming bottles and has appeared in more than 50 publications and TV programs over the years including ESPN, ESPN Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Stuff Magazine, G4TV, and MTV’s True Life series.
For more information on Tsquared’s team and status throughout the 2011 professional tournament season, please visit his SteelSeries Player Page and follow him directly on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MLGTsquared and Twitter http://twitter.com/TsquaredMLG.
Arguably one of the most well-known gamers in the world, Thomas ‘Tsquared’ Taylor started his professional gaming career in 2004, and has looked back. Selected as the face of Major League Gaming, Tom appeared on over 175 million MLG Dr. Pepper bottles in 2009. As one of the first star players to come out of in Major League Gaming, Tsquared’s outgoing personality has helped shape the trajectory of the sport. Making his way into mainstream media, Tom has been featured in more than 50 publications worldwide including MTV’s True Life “I’m a Professional Gamer”, and reoccurring guest host of G4TV’s X-Play. Tom was on Stuff Magazine’s list of the 20 most influential people under the age of 30 in 2006. He has also been spotlighted in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, ESPN Magazine and WIRED.
SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals, including headsets, keyboards, mice, software and gaming surfaces. For the past decade, SteelSeries has been on the forefront of competitive gaming gear thanks to continued innovation and product development in cooperation with leading professional gaming teams. SteelSeries also supports the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and electronic sports leagues through professional team sponsorships, partnerships, and community support all over the world. For more information, please visit http://steelseries.com.
PR for SteelSeries