Upper Deck's First-Ever Esports Spokesperson Revealed in New Overwatch League(TM) Series 2 Trading Cards

Fan-Favorite Caster Soe Gschwind-Repp Joins Upper Deck's Star-Studded Roster of Exclusive Spokespeople

May 20, 2021 9:00 AM EDT | Source: The Upper Deck Company

Carlsbad, California--(Newsfile Corp. - May 20, 2021) - Upper Deck, the premier worldwide sports and entertainment trading card and collectibles company, announced today the company's first-ever esports spokesperson in conjunction with the global launch of Overwatch League™ Series 2 Trading Cards. Salome "Soe" Gschwind-Repp, will make her debut in the fourth esports trading card product from Upper Deck.

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Soe is a well-known esports veteran who has covered over 30 video games in her career. She hosted her first BlizzCon in 2011 and has served as an interviewer, host and analyst for the Overwatch League since its inaugural season in 2018. In 2019, she won the Top Women in Media Award created by the Cynopsis Media Company and, in 2020, was awarded Top Esports Host of the Year by gameHERS.

"As a mainstay of the Overwatch League since day one, we are honored to create Soe's first-ever professional trading card," said Bubby Johanson, Director of Game Development at Upper Deck." Overwatch League Series 2 is a robust product that offers something for every level of collector, from collecting the complete base set to chasing super-rare multi-autographed player cards."

The first-ever licensed Soe card will be available in Upper Deck Overwatch League Series 2, which wraps up the 2020 season with 36 new Star Rookies and a 150-card base set featuring key players from across all 20 teams in the league. Popular insert sets including Inked Fragments, Fragment Relics and transparent Infra-Sight cards return in Series 2, along with brand new Legendary parallels and Crosslight parallels printed on unique patterned foil.

Chase cards in Overwatch League Series 2 include dual, triple and combo autographed and patch memorabilia cards, as well as new 3rd Fragments cards that feature pieces of alternate jerseys embedded into the cards. Rare 3rd Fragments Patch Parallel cards are numbered to just 5, and brand-new autographed Bracket Ink cards are numbered to just 10. Collectors can also look for super-rare 1-of-1 Fragments Relics cards.

Overwatch League trading cards including the new Series 2 set are available now at https://upperdeckstore.com/ and in hobby stores throughout China. Starter bundles retail at $34.99 and include five Series 2 packs and an Overwatch League binder, and boxes containing 24 six-card packs are available for $94.99. To celebrate the new release, Upper Deck is offering a free binder ($19.99 value) with any Overwatch League box purchase.

In addition to Series 2, Upper Deck recently launched 2021 Overwatch League Game Dated Moments cards on Upper Deck e-Pack™ - the company's online platform that allows users to buy, open, collect and trade with fans around the world. Game Dated Moments transforms key events and milestones throughout the season into trading cards, released every Friday at 9 a.m. PT for a limited time at a cost of $5.99 per one-card pack. Fans who collect Game Dated Moments have the opportunity to earn one-of-a-kind achievement cards available exclusively through the e-Pack platform. Achievements include League Standout Autograph Achievement cards, Grand Finals Standout Autograph Achievement Cards, and an oversized Season Achievement card featuring 10 different player autographs. A list of achievements and availability can be found at www.UpperDeckEpack.com.

About Upper Deck

The Upper Deck Company, headquartered in Carlsbad, California, is a worldwide sports and entertainment company and the official trading card licensee of the Overwatch League. Built on the pillars of quality craftsmanship, authenticity and innovation, Upper Deck is dedicated to creating products that turn memorable moments into collectibles. The company is home to the world's greatest athletes, including Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Wayne Gretzky, Tiger Woods, Connor McDavid, LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Patrick Roy and more. Learn more at www.upperdeck.com or at www.UpperDeckBlog.com.

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About the Overwatch League™

The Overwatch League™ is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North America. Overwatch® was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard - NASDAQ: ATVI), whose iconic franchises have helped lay the foundations and push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years. The latest addition to Blizzard's stable of 22 #1 games[1], Overwatch was built from the ground up for online competition, with memorable characters and fast-paced action designed for the most engaging gameplay and spectator experiences. To learn more about the Overwatch League, visit www.overwatchleague.com.

[1] Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, Overwatch®, the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (https://www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes 22 #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online gaming service, Blizzard Battle.net®, is one of the largest online-gaming services in the world, with millions of active players.

* Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.

About Activision Blizzard Esports

Activision Blizzard Esports (ABE) is responsible for the development, operation, and commercialization of Activision Blizzard's professional gaming properties including the Overwatch League™, the Call of Duty® League™, Call of Duty® Challengers™, Hearthstone® Masters, StarCraft® II esports, Warcraft® III: Reforged™, and the World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship and Mythic Dungeon International, among others. It is ABE's vision to be the most innovative, scalable, and valuable developer of global competitive entertainment.

OVERWATCH, OVERWATCH LEAGUE and the OVERWATCH LEAGUE logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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