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Meet ‘Team Bumble’ – Fortnite’s First Pro All-Women Team

Earlier this month, Bumble, the women-first social networking app with over 65 million users worldwide, and Gen.G, the global esports organization connecting the best gamers in the U.S and Asia, announced that the two brands will form Gen.G’s first ever all-women esports team, Gen.G Empowered by Bumble (Team Bumble).

Bumble and Gen.G will also develop new platforms to drive empowerment in the gaming community. Bumble has now added a ‘gaming’ badge that Bumble BFF users can easily showcase on their profiles. Gamers on Bumble BFF can now filter their matches to easily find other gamers to connect with in their communities.

Additionally, Bumble will become an official partner for Kristen Valnicek (@KittyPlays), Gen.G’s Head of New Gaming Initiatives, as well as partner to #TeamKitty, a network of hundreds of women gamers and streamers organized by KittyPlays.

“I’m honored to partner with Bumble to make a lasting impact in gaming! Bumble is a visionary company in technology, media, women’s empowerment, and facilitating human connection, which perfectly aligns with my own vision of inspiring positivity and empowering my audience. Bumble is in the unique position of providing value to an entire generation of gamers, encouraging them to strive for their goals and facilitating ways to connect them IRL. The future is bright and I can’t wait to see the impact we make together!”

Kristen Valnicek

The Team Bumble esports team will consist of professional Fortnite players competing in the biggest tournaments worldwide, along with a select group of passionate gaming influencers. Gen.G and Bumble will also co-develop custom merchandise for the Fortnite team and other Gen.G championship teams. The Bumble esports team will have a dedicated Bumble streaming room at the Gen.G training facility in Los Angeles, which will host professional players and streamers.

“Our mission at Bumble is to empower women around the world, and we’re proud to partner with Gen.G to continue expanding into the esports and gaming communities. We’re trying to support the women who are already building incredible communities in gaming. We’ve built strong communities through Bumble and Gen.G and we’re excited to work together to help bring the gamer community together in real life. Together with Gen.G, we want to empower women trailblazers, and make it easier for them to connect with their community whether it be through dating, friendship, or networking.”

Chelsea Maclin, VP of Marketing at Bumble

“Here at Gen.G we really pride ourselves on providing the best resources and support for all of our pro players—regardless of their gender. Now, with Bumble on board, we can level up our support of Maddie, Tina, Carlee, and Hannah, who are some of the best female Fortnite players in the world. I’m excited to see where Team Bumble takes them and how it shifts the narrative for women in esports as a whole.”

Saira Mueller, Head of US Content for Gen.G and the founder of the Women of Esports Foundation.

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