Upper Deck brings esports mainstream, announcing their first Esports Spokesperson.
Recently, Upper Deck announced the company's first-ever esports spokesperson in conjunction with the global launch of Overwatch League™ Series 2 Trading Cards. Salome “Soe” Gschwind-Repp, appears in the fourth esports trading card product from Upper Deck, the Series 2 OWL Cards.
Soe's first-ever professional trading card
Soe has covered over 30 video games in her career and hosted her first BlizzCon in 2011. After serving as an interviewer, host and analyst for the Overwatch League since its inaugural season in 2018, she won the Top Women in Media Award in 2019. And in 2020, was awarded Top Esports Host of the Year by gameHERS.
Bubby Johanson, Director of Game Development at Upper Deck said, “As a mainstay of the Overwatch League since day one, we are honored to create Soe's first-ever professional trading card. 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. Featuring 36 new Star Rookies and a 150-card base set. Which features key players from across all 20 teams in the league. 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.
As Upper Deck’s first esports spokesperson, Soe Gschwind joins the likes of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and LeBron James on the Upper Deck team. This is a massive move for esports as it moves more into mainstream media day by day.
Alongside the release of Series 2 Trading Cards, Upper Deck also released their new Upper Deck ePack service; ePack allows users to buy, open, collect and trade with fans around the world. The Game Dated Moments transforms key events and milestones throughout the season into trading cards, released every Friday. This is similar to NBA TopShot, which allows users to own a piece of the action.