U.S. Army Soldiers and Complexity Athletes Will Share Knowledge and Experience in Immersive Program Designed to Enhance Soldier Welfare and Morale
FRISCO, Texas – June 13, 2019 – Complexity Gaming, one of North America’s most elite and longest standing esports organizations, today announced a partnership with the U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program to integrate esports into its Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program, kicking off at Fort Bliss this weekend. The program will create unique shared experiences and onsite activations both at Complexity’s headquarters and on Army installations to immerse U.S. Army soldiers into the world of competitive gaming and vice versa, also exposing Complexity players to soldiers’ day-to-day life.
“Partnering with the U.S. Army and its BOSS program is a proud moment for the Complexity organization,” said Daniel Herz, Chief Revenue Officer, Complexity Gaming. “It has been incredibly humbling to help design a program of shared experiences that supports our U.S. service members through esports.”
From June 13 through 16, Complexity athletes will live and train like U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. During a three-day intensive boot camp, players will participate in military-style drills alongside active-duty service members, learning valuable skills such as discipline and resilience. Soldiers will also have the opportunity to go head-to-head with Complexity professionals, competing in some of the most popular game titles. Plus, there will be a variety of other activities, such as meet-and-greets and “Care Package” merchandise giveaways. The program, spearheaded by Family and MWR’s Army Entertainment, is supported by the Army’s retail partner, The Exchange, and corporate partner, MSI.
“This program is a great opportunity for BOSS. Soldiers will experience what it takes to become an esports professional, which I believe aligns with the pillars of the BOSS program. This opportunity promotes healthy competition as well as builds new bridges for future events and programs” said Staff Sgt. Adrian Mooney, Department of the Army BOSS Representative.
On June 28 through 30, select U.S. Army personnel will join Complexity athletes for a gaming bootcamp at Complexity’s GameStop Performance Center (GSPC) at The Star in Frisco, Texas. U.S. Army soldiers will work with Complexity staff and professionals to develop important gaming skills in GSPC’s cognitive Cog Lab, state-of-the-art training rooms, decompression porch and more. The soldiers’ in-game training will culminate in an esports tournament where the top 15 gamers will compete for various awards and bragging rights live on Army Entertainment’s Twitch channel. Fans can also learn more about the soldiers and how they discovered gaming through custom content posted on Complexity’s social channels.
The partnership emphasizes U.S. Army soldiers’ and Complexity Gaming players’ shared love of competition, passion for gaming, culture of teamwork, and camaraderie. The inaugural program is designed to stimulate soldier curiosity and interest in esports while also providing an outlet for soldiers to recharge in a fun environment. Complexity will continue to work with the U.S. Army to identify and execute programs that offer soldiers unique access to esports recreational opportunities that can help reduce soldier stress and depression and improve self-esteem and personal growth.
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About Complexity Gaming
Complexity Gaming is one of North America’s longest standing and most successful esports organizations, now owned by Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and investor John Goff. The esports organization is led by Founder and CEO Jason Lake, considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of esports in North America. Complexity’s esports teams have won more than 140 championships in nearly 30 game titles over its 15+ year history. Staunchly committed to passion, professionalism, and a player-first mentality, Complexity has been continuously recognized as a global leader in modern esports. For more information on Complexity, visit http://Complexity.gg and follow the organization on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Facebook.
About the U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
We are “the Army’s home.” Army installations require the same types of programs and services found in any small city. IMCOM manages the day-to-day operations of our Army communities such as emergency response teams, housing, utilities and maintenance, parks and recreation and childcare. Our professional workforce strives to deliver on the commitment to honor the sacrifice and service of military Families, while enabling readiness for a self-reliant and globally-responsive all-volunteer Army.
Family and MWR programs address the needs of today’s warfighter. The outcomes – well-adjusted, fit and resilient Soldiers and Families are fundamental to the Army mission.
About The U.S. Army’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program
The mission of the U.S. Army’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program is to enhance the morale and welfare of single Soldiers, increase retention and sustain combat readiness. BOSS is the collective voice of single Soldiers through the chain of command, which serves as a tool for commanders to gauge the morale of single Soldiers regarding quality of life issues. The BOSS program is facilitated through its three core components aimed at maintaining a balanced life: leisure and recreation, community service and quality of life. BOSS affords Soldiers the opportunity to assist in planning and execution of recreational activities for single Soldiers and provides direction for Soldiers interested in performing military and civilian community service-related projects. Community service projects provide Soldiers valuable experience, skills and a sense of community pride and ownership.
About The Exchange
Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 61st-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.5 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at http://www.ShopMyExchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.