United States Air Force to Sponsor Cloud9 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Team

Partnership Allows Air Force and Cloud9 to Collaborate on Unique Content and Integrations, Host Team at Special Events and Produce Activations Surrounding ELEAGUE

LOS ANGELES – July 19, 2018 - Cloud9 Esports, Inc., the premier North American esports organization, and the United States Air Force are partnering for a special program around the Cloud9 CS:GO team through May 2019. This multifaceted sponsorship allows for collaboration on truly fresh content for Cloud9 fans, including two upcoming ELEAGUE activations, live event participation, and video and experiential access to situations only the Air Force can provide. The Air Force logo will also appear on the team’s jersey starting at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 this week.

“Cloud9 is proud to create awareness of the Air Force for our amazing fan base,” said Jack Etienne, owner and CEO of Cloud9. “By developing a dynamic partnership with the Air Force, we will be able to deliver extraordinary content that will show fans a totally different side of the team. No one else in the world can put our team into a jet and let our fans watch the sheer thrill come over their faces. It’s going to be amazing.”

Throughout the year, Cloud9 will create video content surrounding the CS:GO team partaking in dynamic Air Force experiences. The first integration happens this week at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, where the team will receive an inside look at the world of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialists. The Air Force will also become a presenting sponsor of the monthly web series on the Cloud9 CS:GO team.

“We are very excited to partner with Cloud9’s stellar CS:GO players, who display the same level of discipline, rigor and achievement that we value in our Airmen,” commented Maj. Ross McKnight, chief of the National Events Branch at the Air Force Recruiting Service Headquarters. “The partnership will provide an opportunity to create engaging and relevant content in the esports space and to show Cloud9 fans some of the ways in which they can make a difference in the U.S. Air Force.”


Cloud9 Esports, Inc. currently has 16 teams across 11 games competing in the highest level esports leagues, including Riot Games’ League Championship Series, Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League and a multitude of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions. Earlier this year, Cloud9’s CS:GO team became the first North American squad to ever win the prestigious Valve Major tournament.

For more information on Cloud9, visit www.cloud9.gg or follow the team on Twitter. For more information on the U.S. Air Force, visit www.airforce.com or follow U.S. Air Force Recruiting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Cloud9

Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories. At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, Clash Royale, H1Z1, Rocket League, and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. To find more information about Cloud9, visit http://www.cloud9.gg.

About the United States Air Force

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. For 2018, the Air Force Recruiting Service is hiring over 29,700 new Airmen. An emphasis is on recruiting people with no prior military service into one of about 140 enlisted career opportunities. The Air Force recruits the brightest candidates possible, then provides them with tough, highly technical training that gives them the right skills to sustain the combat capability of America’s Air Force. For more information about Air Force benefits and opportunities, go to www.airforce.com.

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