Verizon, TurboTax sponsor Twitch Rivals esports tournament

Brief: Telecom giant Verizon and tax preparation software TurboTax announced they are official sponsors of Twitch Rivals, an esports tournament series that pits popular videogame streamers against each other. The next event in the series will be the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl on Jan. 30 in Miami, three days before the Super Bowl, per information shared with Mobile Marketer. Verizon is showcasing next-generation 5G mobile service as the presenting sponsor of the tournament's "Pick of the Draft" and most valuable player awards. The Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl tournament, which features streamers competing in the battle royal game "Fortnite," has a $500,000 charity prize pool. The esports tournament comes as the defection of Twitch streamers like Richard Tyler Blevins, better known by the alias "Ninja," to other platforms is taking its toll on the livestreaming platform, which is owned by Amazon.

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