In November of 2020 Oakland, California-based cosmetics and skincare firm e.l.f. Cosmetics determined to take a dedicated step into the world of aggressive gaming by signing a sponsorship take care of Australian Fortnite participant and selection streamer Kathleen “Loserfruit” Belsten.
Quick-forward to Could 9, and the cosmetics firm goes all-in on a Twitch channel and a new initiative referred to as e.l.f You, a program to advertise younger up-and-coming feminine players by giving them a platform to shine. However to grasp how e.l.f. obtained up to now, we now have to rewind a little bit. To try this The Esports Observer spoke to Brad Timmins, founder and managing director of Sydney, Australia-based esports consultancy group eGen eSports.
e.l.f. Cosmetics wasn’t led by the nostril to gaming, but when anybody could possibly be credited with elevating the dialog inside the firm it must be Anna Bynum, the worldwide make-up artist at e.l.f., in response to Timmins.
“She satisfied the e.l.f. government staff to begin exploring gaming and esports as a precedence business,” hw mentioned.
With e.l.f. contemplating stepping into gaming and streaming due to Bynum’s affect, the corporate appeared to certainly one of its current companions to assist put some form of plan collectively: U.S.-based market advertising and marketing consultancy Podean. Podean, who was already a accomplice with e.l.f., was approached with the concept of stepping into gaming and selling its manufacturers to a youthful viewers. This finally led to eGen.
“We have been already a accomplice company with Podean, who additionally works with e.l.f. on many different tasks,” Timmins mentioned, including that he “labored with their CEO Travis Johnson years in the past.”
Timmins didn’t know on the time that the corporate needed to evolve its providing to incorporate “all types of live-streaming and gaming as a key pillar.” After some planning, it’s been e.l.f., Podean, and eGen driving the agenda.
This finally led to e.l.f signing Fortnite participant and selection streamer Kathleen “Loserfruit” Belsten to a sponsorship deal. eGen was an essential a part of making that and offers with different streamers occur.
“We’ve labored with Loserfruit on a mess of applications, and as soon as understanding e.l.f.’s model values (animal and cruelty-free), their assist of ladies globally, and their progressive use of recent platforms, this deal simply felt like an ideal match for Lufu.”
Since that deal, e.l.f has achieved a number of issues associated to gaming, together with a collaboration with Chipotle to create and market a cross-promotional make-up line utilizing standard YouTubers and gaming content material creators. Now e.l.f. is accelerating its efforts with its new e.l.f You initiative and the launch of a Twitch channel.
The main focus of the launch occasion Sunday is to advertise the brand new initiative. As a part of e.l.f. You, it should host a “Recreation Up” contest on TikTok Could 9 – June 6 that may problem individuals to indicate “how they turn out to be stream-ready with their distinctive make-up seems to be.”
Seven winners can be chosen, with every receiving gear and assist together with a 4K professional webcam, a broadcasting microphone, e.l.f. merchandise, a stream with Loserfruit on e.l.f.’s Twitch channel, and the chance to host a stream.
“We’re enthusiastic about e.l.f. You, as our inaugural seven winners not solely win some actually cool prizes, they really get to have paid streams on the e.l.f. You Twitch channel, they get to play with Loserfruit in a significant launch stream with different winners, and finally this system hopes to focus on and promote extra feminine content material creators and begin a motion that revolves across the feminine gaming area.”
Lastly, Timmins mentioned that E.l.f plans to broaden past simply sponsoring feminine content material creators. He sees a future the place e.l.f. might probably sponsor an esports group or occasions in the event that they line up with the corporate’s core values.