Game On! The 1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN Announce Next Level of BroadcastHER Academy

Partnering with HARMAN, Allied Esports and HyperX, 1DF Will
Award $1K Microgrants and Behind-the-Scenes VIP Experience to Nine Young
Women Pursuing Careers in Esports and Gaming

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today the 1,000
Dreams Fund
(1DF), a national non-profit that provides micro-grants
that support the dreams of talented young women, is excited to announce
an expansion of its BroadcastHER Academy Powered by HARMAN
program, which was announced
at the E3 Expo in June 2018
. In partnership with HARMAN—a wholly
owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics— premier esports entertainment
company Allied Esports, and HyperX, 1DF kicks off its inaugural
BroadcastHER Academy Challenge (#BroadcastHERAcademy) today.

Esports, a booming and lucrative industry, is expected to exceed $1.65
billion in global revenue by 2021, according to Newzoo—and Statista
reports that about 44% of gamers are women. While women are rising in
influence, the challenges they face in what is still considered to be a
“male-dominated” world include a substantial pay gap.

Over the next four weeks, 1DF invites young women pursuing careers in
esports and gaming—whether in front-of or behind the camera—to enter for
a chance to win the ultimate prize: a $1,000 microgrant to use toward
their gaming goals, and an all-expense paid trip to Allied Esports’
global flagship venue, HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, where they will
work side-by-side with the production and executive teams to execute an
event. A total of nine challenge winners will be announced by 1DF based
on the quality of their entry, which focuses on their goals in gaming
and demonstrated need.

We are thrilled to be a part of this incredible initiative and welcome
the opportunity to provide inspiration and guidance to ambitious female
gamers,” said Simon Temperley, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer of
Allied Esports. “We are proud to work together with our partners HARMAN
and HyperX to support 1DF and a movement that we not only deeply believe
in, but feel is vital to the growth and success of the industry.”

The world of esports is capturing the zeitgeist of our time, through
the advanced use of technology, and socially, through the many industry
advocates that create new pathways for success, independent of gender,”
said Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN President and CEO. “Supporting diversity is
a value we share with 1DF, Allied Esports and HyperX, and the microgrant
program will continue to empower a bold generation of female leaders in
the gaming industry.”

Our BroadcastHER Academy Challenge is certain to change lives thanks to
this incredible prize package from our amazing group of strategic
partners,” says 1,000 Dreams Fund Founder and CEO Christie Garton. “In
addition to the microgrant from HARMAN, a behind-the-scenes experience
with the Allied team at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas will open
their eyes to new and creative ways to turn their talents into full-time
careers.”

HARMAN and 1DF are long-time partners in the quest to support the
advancement of young women in the arts and sciences: Through their New
Face of Tech Scholarship Program
over $16,000 has been granted to
inspiring young women in tech.

We’re blown away daily by the emerging talent in the esports industry
and excited to be part of this partnership supporting future female
champions—both players, and working behind the scenes,” says Wendy
Lecot, head of HyperX strategic alliances. “Aspiring women in this
industry today will have the opportunity to share their experiences with
future broadcasters and we are proud to be a part of this initiative.”

About the 2019 BroadcastHER Academy Challenge

  • How it works: Applicants will enter via a photo challenge that
    showcases the applicants’ breadth and depth of talent, commitment, and
    interest in gaming/broadcasting as a career
  • How to apply: The Challenge will be accessible on the 1DF
    microsite – https://1000dreamsfund.org/broadcasther-academy-challenge/
    – and dedicated 1DF Facebook tab
  • Who can apply: College-aged women 18 years of age and older,
    who are based in the U.S.
  • Key dates: Challenge launches on February 12, 2019, and winners
    will be selected the weeks of 2/18, 2/25, and 3/4. The three final
    winners will be announced at a live event on March 15 at HyperX
    Esports Arena Las Vegas.

About the 1,000 Dreams Fund

The
1,000 Dreams Fund
(1DF) is a national scholarship fund for American
girls in high school and college. 1DF believes that big expenses should
never stand in the way of big dreams. Since its launch in November 2015,
over $100,000 in funding has been granted to talented young women in
need, helping them pay for the “extras” in school like study abroad,
tech devices for the classroom and travel to conferences and seminars.
1DF has been featured on Cheddar TV, NBCNews.com, USA Today,
MarketWatch, Forbes, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur,
TODAY and others. To learn more about 1DF, visit http://1000dreamsfund.org/

About HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and
solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide,
including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise
automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.
With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®,
Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles,
musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the
world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped
with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power
billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated
and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile.
HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the
Americas, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

About Allied Esports

Allied Esports is a premier esports entertainment company with a global
network of dedicated esports properties and content production
facilities. Its mission is to connect players, streamers and fans via
integrated arenas and mobile esports trucks around the world that serve
as both gaming battlegrounds and every day content generation hubs.
Allied Esports is a subsidiary of Ourgame International (SEHK:899),
owner of WPT Enterprises, Inc., the operator of The World Poker Tour®.
Ourgame has entered into an agreement with Black Ridge Acquisition Corp.
(NASDAQ: BRAC) to combine, once all applicable shareholder and
regulatory consents have been obtained, Allied Esports and the World
Poker Tour to form Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. Through direct
operation and affiliate relationships via the Allied Esports Property
Network, the first esports venue affiliate program available to partners
looking to open new esports facilities around the world, Allied Esports
locations currently include 11 properties in the top three esports
markets across the globe: North America’s HyperX Esports Arena Las
Vegas, HyperX Esports Truck, Esports Arena Orange County and Esports
Arena Oakland; Europe’s Esports Truck “Big Betty” and Studio in Hamburg,
Germany; and China’s Lianmeng Dianjing in Beijing, Lianmeng Dianjing SEG
Arena in Shenzhen, Lianmeng Dianjing Tianjin Arena, Lianmeng Dianjing
Gui’an Arena and Lianmeng Dianjing LGD Gaming Hangzhou Arena. The Allied
Esports Property Network’s 12th property, run by Fortress Esports, is
expected to open in Melbourne, Australia in 2019. For more information
about Allied Esports and its global network of properties, visit AlliedEsports.gg
and follow @AlliedEsports.

About HyperX

HyperX is the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the
world’s largest independent memory manufacturer, with the goal of
providing gamers, PC builders, PC, console and mobile power users with
high-performance components. For 16 years, the HyperX mission has been
to develop gaming products for all types of gamers – high-speed memory,
solid state drives, headsets, keyboards, mice, charging accessories for
console players, USB flash drives, and mouse pads – to the gaming
community and beyond. The award-winning HyperX brand in known for
consistently delivering products that deliver superior comfort,
aesthetics, performance, and reliability. HyperX gear is the choice of
celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, and overclockers
worldwide because it meets the most stringent product specifications and
is built with best-in-class components. HyperX has shipped over 60
million memory modules and seven million gaming headsets worldwide. Join
the global #HyperXFamily at facebook.com/hyperxcommunity, learn how
HyperX products can enhance your console experience and boost
performance for both you and your PC, console or mobile device at
hyperxgaming.com. Whatever your skill level, whatever genres you play,
we embrace all gaming enthusiasts everywhere with our core belief —
We’re All Gamers.

Contacts

Media:
HARMAN
ICR, Matthew Lindberg
Matthew.Lindberg@icrinc.com

1,000
Dreams Fund

Nicole Kaldes
Nicole.Kaldes@gmail.com
646.249.0713

Allied
Esports
Brian Fisher:
Brian@esportsallied.com
315-415-2799

HyperX
Mark
Tekunoff
Mark_Tekunoff@hyperxgaming.com
714-438-2791

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