Fortnite World Cup Champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf was named as Chief Gaming Scout for Hollister yesterday, marking a new brand partnership in esports and gaming.
MY CUSTOM PRODUCT DROP WITH @HollisterCo IS LIVE – it would mean a lot to see my community pick up a hoodie and/or sweats!! Link in bio. There’s a limited amount available, so if you end up buying one, take a picture and tag me so I can show some love back ♥️ #hcopartner pic.twitter.com/aAUqvB6eXP
— Bugha (@bugha) October 14, 2021
Hollister Chief Gaming Scout
This collaboration creates a new milestone in adding a gamer and esports player as a brand partner. Although previous partnerships often occur between traditional brands and esports organizations like that of Fnatic and Crypto.com and Team Liquid and Marvel.
In his new role as the Team Hollister Chief Gaming Scout, Fortnite Champion Bugha will also grow the company’s team. He will choose various growing streamers for a new training program collaborated with Twitch in November. The program even includes live-streamed training sessions, charity work, $10,000 Hollister sponsorships, and monthly mentorship from Bugha himself.
“We’re always focused on meeting our Gen Z customers where they are, and gaming continues to be a rising area of interest for global teens,” said Kristin Scott, Global Brand President at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “We’ve recently been successfully and authentically showing up in the gaming world, particularly with our Fortnite tournament earlier this year – so we’re excited to delve even further into this area through our partnership with Bugha and the launch of Team Hollister.”
Fortnite Champion Bugha
To commemorate the big move, Bugha worked with Hollister to release limited-edition merchandise. Co-created and limited numbers of a hoodie and sweatpant set are already available online and in select stores for purchase. Focusing on comfort while gaming, the attire boasts a large zipper pocket and hood truly meant for gamers. Bugha also includes his pug Zoey and a secret morse code message on the Hollister merchandise and drop.
“I’m pumped to act as Hollister’s Chief Gaming Scout and for the release of our gaming apparel collection,” said Bugha. “Working with the team to design custom apparel that I’m truly excited to wear, and that I know other gamers will love, has been a really cool experience. I can’t wait for everyone to see what else we have in store with this partnership!”
Already signed by Sentinels, one of the biggest esports teams in the world in Fortnite, VALORANT, and more, Bugha will continue to heat up the esports and gaming industry. His new position as Chief Gaming Scout at Hollister will see Bugha create many more opportunities for streamers.
Written by Justin Amin
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