Esports media group Gaming Community Network (GCN) has entered into a partnership with Black Fire Innovation, a collaboration between University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Office of Economic Development and Caesars Entertainment Inc.

This team effort is anticipated to unite GCN’s gaming and esports expertise with Black Fire Innovation’s state-of-the-art facilities.

“The collaboration between Black Fire Innovation and GCN is expected to further esports innovation to create more opportunities and collaboration in the broader video gaming industry,” said Drew Brunson, GCN’s Vice President of Partnerships and Activations, UNLV alumnus, and long-time supporter of Black Fire Innovation.

Through this alliance, GCN is tasked with driving diverse initiatives, including: producing collegiate esports tournaments, hosting and coaching content creators, and developing curriculum as part of a master class series for students to gain real-world insights within the gaming and esports industry. GCN also plans to attract brands to engage with its programs being produced at Black Fire Innovation.

“One of the missions of Black Fire Innovation is to advance the hospitality and gaming space as we know it today through creativity, entrepreneurship, and the acceleration of new technologies. GCN is an emerging thought leader in the global esports community, and we are delighted to collaborate with them at Black Fire Innovation,” said Bo Bernhard, Ph.D., Interim Associate Vice President for UNLV Office of Economic Development and Executive Director of UNLV International Gaming Institute.

By Niji Narayan

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.