Ellesse Enters Esports Market as Official Apparel Provider of Misfits Gaming in Multiyear, Global Sponsorship
London, UK (November 9, 2021) – ellesse, part of the Pentland group, has signed a multiyear partnership to become the official sports and lifestyle apparel provider for Misfits Gaming properties across the European Union and North America. The custom-designed “Pro-Kit” jersey collections for Misfits two League of Legends teams, Rocket League team, Minecraft and the Misfits Academy, a talent discovery and incubation program presented by Intel®, will be available on the Misfits Gaming web store and ellesse.com, on Nov. 9th at 9 a.m. EST.
Participating teams include Misfits Gaming of the LEC (League of Legends European Championship), Misfits Gaming of the LFL (League of Legends French League), Misfits Gaming (Rocket League), Misfits Minecraft and Misfits influencers. Misfits Academy is a three-part “challenge” series that presents aspiring content creators, professional players, and creatives the spotlight they need to be discovered.
Misfits’ pro players and academy winners will all wear the ellesse “Pro-Kit” during international competitions, various social media campaigns and be regularly featured on the Misfits YouTube channel. Recognized worldwide for its Italian sportswear design that marries comfort and functionality, the ellesse-designed “Misfits Gaming Pro-Kit” presents an aggressive identity wrapped around a digital camouflage and accents inspired by the lightning-fast reactions of Misfits’ top athletes.
This partnership marks the first official esports sportswear collaboration for ellesse and aside from designing this limited edition drop and the 2022 Pro-Kit, ellesse and Misfits Gaming will design a lifestyle collection that reflects Misfits’ mischievous energy and honors its underdog identity. The collection will launch Nov. 9 with a limited edition 2021 Pro Jersey to commemorate the LEC 2021. The 2022 Pro-Kit and lifestyle collection will launch early next year. Jerseys will be available for purchase at the Misfits online store: https://shop.misfitsgaming.gg/
“Esports fans are dedicated, loyal, and very particular,” said Vas Roberts, senior vice president of partnerships at Misfits Gaming Group. “We’re thrilled to welcome ellesse to the Misfits Gaming family and offer our community such unique and inspired apparel by an iconic brand. The knowledge and expertise they bring to the table, along with decades of recognizable designs will present a collection that feels truly unique, and truly Misfits Gaming.”
With esports expected to record a 26% spike to 51.8 million active gamers by 2025 across the UK alone, Ellesse is applying lessons from a rich history of evolving around the modern consumer to engage and invest in the gaming community.
“When searching for esports partners, we were committed to find an organization that reflected our values and introduced us to a global community,” said Jennie Bianco, head of marketing for Focus Brands, the agency of record for ellesse. ”We couldn’t have asked for a better partner than Misfits, and we’re delighted to be working with such a young but impressive group of gamers that can redefine the competitive gaming landscape.”