Complexity Gaming and the U.S. Army Train Up Together
Frisco-based esports team Complexity Gaming recently announced it is partnering with the U.S. Army’s Installation Management Command’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program. More specifically, the partnership revolves around the Army’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program. This program seeks to maintain and improve the morale and well-being of single soldiers and soldiers who are separated from their families, in order to improve their retention and help them stay ready for combat. The goals of the partnership are twofold—to allow Complexity’s athletes to learn from the soldier lifestyle, and to give BOSS program soldiers a chance to explore esports, destress, and have some fun.
“This program is a great opportunity for BOSS,” said BOSS representative Staff Sgt. Adrian Mooney. “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.”
On Complexity’s side, Chief Revenue Officer Daniel Herz stated, “Partnering with the U.S. Army and its BOSS program is a proud moment for the Complexity organization. It has been incredibly humbling to help design a program of shared experiences that supports our U.S. service members through esports.”
During the start of the inaugural program, Complexity’s players experienced what it’s like to live and train alongside soldiers at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Between June 13-16, the esports athletes partook in military drills that taught them about discipline and resilience. Then, from June 28-30, select U.S. Army personnel went to Complexity’s headquarters, the GameStop Performance Center (GSPC) in Frisco, for an esports bootcamp with the players. They received game training from Complexity’s staff, as well as cognitive training at the center’s Mind Gym facility. They were also given access to the center’s “decompression porch”, a rest and relaxation area for stress-relief.
The exchange concluded with the soldiers competing for prizes in popular esports games against Complexity’s players. Games were broadcasted live on the Twitch Army Entertainment Channel. Additionally, the soldiers and players participated in meet-and-greets and merchandise giveaways. Fans could also learn more about the soldiers through content on Complexity’s social media channels.
Following the success of this initial program, Complexity Gaming and the U.S. Army will continue to find unique ways to connect soldiers with esports in order to better their mental health. The partnership may have interesting implications for Army recruitment, as well. Says Esports Insider, “A good portion of the main esports demographic is the key audience for the forces’ recruitment drive…it’ll be interesting to see how the BOSS program fully adopts esports moving forward.”
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