Wizards District Gaming and the Washington Mystics Announce a New Partnership to Elevate Women in Esports

Washington, DC – Today, Wizards District Gaming and the Washington Mystics debuted a first-of-its-kind partnership to support new and ongoing efforts to elevate women gamers.  Under the newly formed co-brand “WDG + Mystics,” Shanice “Lady Blue Flames” Esco will host two 3-hour+ streams per week on www.twitch.tv/wizardsdg.  During the streams, Lady Blue Flames will interact with fans while showcasing the WNBA Mode of NBA 2K22, playing as the Washington Mystics. Shanice will also serve as the co-brand’s ambassador in gaming and esports related events and conventions.

“We pride ourselves on our commitment to growing the esports community, and Shanice represents an incredible step forward in our efforts to amplify women gamers,” said Zach Leonsis, President of Media & New Enterprises, Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “We look forward to watching her proven skills and passion for both the WNBA and gaming create a lasting impact on women and girls and the entire esports industry.”

“We’re extremely excited to bring Shanice on-board and welcome her to the Mystics and Wizards District Gaming family,” said Matthew Vinson, Director of Digital Marketing for the Washington Mystics. “Shanice will be a leader in the streaming and content creation space for the WNBA as one of the first weekly streamers in the league. She will help us reach a new audience to continue to grow the Mystics and WNBA brands while also sharing her passion for an underserved group – girls and people of color in gaming.”

Future WDG + Mystics initiatives include a Stream-A-Thon benefiting girls who want to get involved in gaming and computer coding as well as hosting an all-female NBA2K tournament at District E Powered By Ticketmaster, the flagship esports and entertainment venue opening next to Capital One Arena later this fall. More information about additional initiatives is forthcoming.

You can tune in to watch Lady Blue Flames on Mondays at 6 p.m. E.T. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. E.T. on the WDG Twitch Channel.

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About Wizards District Gaming
Wizards District Gaming, owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, is part of the NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO). Launched in 2018, the league features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Wizards District Gaming drafts and/or retains gamers as part of a team that competes as unique characters in matchups against 24 other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. For more information about Wizards District Gaming, visit http://www.wizardsdg.com/.

About the Washington Mystics
The 2022 season marks the Washington Mystics’ 25th anniversary season. The Mystics are the most successful professional women’s sports team in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and this season will celebrate their first Hall of Fame class of Vicky Bullett, Chamique Holdsclaw and Murriel Page with a halftime induction ceremony on June 19, the 25th anniversary of the Mystics’ first home game. For information on Mystics Club 52 full season memberships, presented by Ticketmaster, and to secure your seats for the season, please visit www.washingtonmystics.com.