Former members of the armed service with a keen interest in esports gaming are set to benefit from a newly announced partnership between hardware development company Velocilinx and a number of veteran-based entities including Stack Up and MilitaryGamers.com.
The partnership will see a selection of its esports-friendly hardware and peripherals being made available to active members of the armed forces, as well as veterans.
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The announcement comes as Velocilinx seeks to broaden the appeal of their new “Warrior” line of peripherals, that includes mice, headsets and keyboards that have been designed with longer esports gaming sessions in mind.
The new items, according to a Velocilinx press release are “built to be comfortable, responsive and durable” and have been “crafted with premium materials.”
Speaking about the partnership, the Founder and CEO of Stack Up, the organisation that controls the Military Gaming League and the Military Gamer Supply Network, Stephen Machuga stated:
“We’re excited to be bringing the Warrior line to real-life warriors.”
“The work that Stack Up has done to deliver gaming to active and veteran military is something we’re thrilled to be able to contribute to. Furthermore, we greatly appreciate how Velocilinx , through gaming, is helping to bring attention to mental health awareness for the military community, including friends and family.”
Through the partnership with Velocilinx , Stack Up will be sharing both the Boudica and Brennus RGB Mice, keyboards and headset range with their army personnel and veterans, as well as the Tyr mouse, all developed by the partner company.
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The players had the chance to test out the new Velocilinx hardware at this past weekend’s Stack Up esports Fundraising event, in conjunction with the Military Gaming League, called Player Omega, which was held at the Pomona Fairplex close to Los Angeles.
Over the tournament teams of current and ex-military personnel from the United States and Britain played head-to-head in a day-long fundraiser for Stack Up.
The Military Gaming League (MGL) is an esports league that comprises of members that are either active or former members of the Reserve and National Guard.
Speaking about the MGL, the co-founder of the organisation Daniel Ball stated.
“Our mission is to bring the military family into the world of esports by providing an inclusive, global gaming community.
“Velocilinx has been a tremendous partner for us and for Stack Up at the event.”
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Mental Health Support through Esports
One of the most intriguing aspects of this link up is the role that esports can have with serving and former members of the military in helping them deal with a number of issues such as suicide prevention, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other issues that are common for members of the military.
Owner of Military Gamer Supply and MiltaryGamers.com Brandon Sivrat stated:
“The quality behind Velocilinx matches our dedication to our fellow service members.
“Even before the Warrior line launched, Velocilinx demonstrated their interest by traveling to Fort Bliss to gather feedback directly from members of our community. That level of commitment is something we appreciate and sets them apart from others in the industry.”
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