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  World’s first 5G eSports tour kicks off in Finland with Hatch, Elisa and OnePlus
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01/14/2019
 


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The 5G gaming revolution is off to a galloping start in the new year, as Finnish telecommunications company Elisa, device maker OnePlus and cloud gaming pioneer Hatch team up to host the first ever 5G eSports tour in cities across Finland in January and February.

Hatch and Elisa Viihde first announced their cooperation last December at Slush, where they hosted the world’s first casual eSports tournament over a real 5G network. Now the show goes on the road, taking place at Elisa's stores in the first cities where Elisa has a 5G network: Tampere, Jyväskylä, Turku and Helsinki. OnePlus joins the collaboration as the tour’s official partner providing players with the latest top-spec devices.

The tour culminates in finals held at LanTrek in Tampere from Feb. 28 to March 3, which Elisa Viihde Sport will broadcast to its subscribers in 4K quality. Players can qualify for the finals by participating in person at one of the tour events, or by playing from home via the Hatch app.

Finland’s popular YouTubers Santtu and Niko will also be joining the tour to play and meet with fans.

“Hatch is the world's first service for playing premium games on mobile instantly over streaming, with no downloads or installations,” says Lassi Nummi, Hatch’s Head of Marketing. “You can play all kinds of games on Hatch, so the tournament is aimed at all kinds of players who might want to compete but don’t have any eSports experience. We’re excited to work together with Elisa Viihde on bringing players a new type of gaming experience over 5G.”

“This is the first eSports tournament in Finland open to all that you can play over 5G,” says Mika Lepistö, responsible for sports and pay-TV at Elisa Viihde. “It's a good idea to come and play at our locations onsite to experience all that 5G allows. The fastest 5G-enabled connections and ultra-low latency change the user experience for gamers completely.”

"We have been supporting mobile gaming in Finland for almost a year together with Elisa, so it is natural to continue working together in 2019 as our latest devices get more efficient and even faster for gamers,” adds Tuomas Lampen, Country Manager at OnePlus.

All players participating in the tour will be rewarded with Elisa, OnePlus and Hatch products. Participation in the tour does not require prior registration.

Elisa and Hatch's 5G Mobile Tournament will be held in the following locations:

  • Jan. 19 - Tampere, 12-16, Elisa store, Hallituskatu 8

  • Jan. 26 - Jyväskylä 12-16, Elisa store, Kauppakeskus Forum

  • Feb. 9 - Turku 12-16, Hansatori, Kauppakeskus Hansakortteli

  • Feb. 16 - Helsinki, 12-16, Elisa Kulma, Aleksanterinkatu 19

Read more about Elisa 5G Liiga at elisa.fi/gaming (in Finnish)

Further information:

For Hatch: Joseph Knowles, [email protected]

For Elisa: Laura Hyle, [email protected]

For OnePlus: Stefan Bonnevier, [email protected]

About Hatch

Hatch is the cloud gaming service built for the always on, always connected 5G world, streaming rich, full-featured games to the screens already in your life: mobiles, tablets and TVs.

Made for 5G, Hatch is already out now via Google Play in the Nordic countries plus the UK and Ireland for mobile users wishing to experience cloud gaming now over good wifi or 4G. A further 11 countries in Europe can also try Hatch via Google Play’s Early Access program.

Support for more countries, platforms and screens is planned for later. For more information, visit playhatch.com. Hatch is a subsidiary of Rovio Entertainment Corporation.

About Elisa

Elisa is a telecommunications, ICT and digital service company operating mainly in Finland and Estonia. We serve over 2.8 million customers who have over 6.2 million subscriptions. We provide environmentally sustainable services for communication and entertainment, and tools for organisations to digitalise their operations and improve productivity. As the market leader, we are also a pioneer in new network technologies and innovations, such as 5G. Cooperation with Vodafone and Telenor, among others, enables globally competitive services. Elisa is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Large Cap with approximately 190,000 shareholders. In 2017, revenue was 1.79 billion euros, and the company employed 4,700 people in 13 countries.

www.elisa.com Facebook (@elisasuomi) and Twitter (@ElisaOyj).

About Elisa Viihde

Elisa Viihde is the leading digital entertainment service in Finland. Elisa Viihde covers all your entertainment needs – original series, the largest selection of Finnish movies and the latest Hollywood films, an extensive range of TV shows and sports you can't see elsewhere. The service offers subscription video-on-demand services, rental movies, and an extensive range of pay-TV packages. Over 300,000 households enjoy Elisa Viihde entertainment services.

About OnePlus

OnePlus is a global mobile technology company challenging conventional concepts of technology. Created around the “Never Settle” mantra, OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with premium build quality and high-performance hardware. OnePlus thrives on cultivating strong bonds and growing together with its community of users and fans. For more information, please visit oneplus.com.