• O2 announces its biggest ever videogaming partnership with Priority and Belong Gaming Arenas
  • Debut stream takes place this Saturday 14th November, pitting team captains James Buckley and Chris Stark against one another
  • Over 400 prizes will be given away for O2 customers during the stream, including three ultimate gaming bundles worth over £2,000

O2, the UK’s No.1 network, has announced a partnership with Belong Gaming Arenas, marking the company’s biggest ever venture into the videogames sector.

To mark the occasion, O2 and its partners have revealed the Level Up Showdown, a high-stakes gaming tournament with a team led by actor and comedian James Buckley taking on a squad captained by radio presenter Chris Stark. The Level Up Showdown will be filmed at Oxford Street’s Belong Gaming Arena and live streamed via Belong’s official Twitch channel this Saturday 14th November, with a repeat the following day for those who missed out.

O2 customers will also be able to enjoy the livestream directly through the Priority app. Watching the event via Priority will unlock the chance to win one of over 400 gaming-themed prizes, including gaming headsets from HyperX, a Pro Series chair from GT Omega and a brand-new gaming PC courtesy of Chillblast. What’s more, customers can enter additional gaming prize draws, with the opportunity to win money can’t buy experiences like a family visit to the Pokémon Centre in Japan or an amazing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla-inspired trip to Norway.

The Level Up Showdown will pit the two teams against one another across some of the biggest franchises in gaming, including Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Fall Guys and Tekken 7. Each captain will be assisted by professional gamers, with smooya, Rage Darling, Leahviathan and King Jae all hoping they can help their side achieve victory. Plus, Belong’s very-own London Lionhearts Roo Kang and Gosain.

“Having been a gamer all my life I’m really excited to be part of O2’s biggest ever videogaming venture alongside Belong Gaming Arenas,” said James Buckley. “The popularity of gaming as a pastime continues to grow and it’s great to see a huge brand such as O2 getting involved in the sector, bringing its customers directly into the action via the Priority app – I wouldn’t mind some of those prizes myself! Chris Stark and I have had some friendly banter for a while now but I can’t wait for the weekend so I can finally show him who’s boss when my team wins the Level Up Showdown.”

How to watch:

  • Date: Saturday 14th November and Sunday 15th November
  • Time:
    • Stream available from 3pm Saturday 14th November – 9pm Sunday 15th November
    • Window to get a unique code and win 400+ prizes open each day from 3pm – 9pm Saturday 14th November and 3pm-8.45pm Sunday 15th November
  • Link: http://www.twitch.tv/belongarenas or direct from the Priority app for O2 customers

Priority is exclusive to O2 customers and brings a collection of invite-only moments to help them do more of the things they love. From exclusive treats and experiences, to early access to the most sought-after tickets in entertainment.

Customers can download the Priority app via the app store, or by texting PRIORITY to 2020. For more information, search Priority on O2.

For more information please visit http://priority.o2.co.uk/.

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Notes to Editors

Terms and conditions: Viewers must be aged 18 years and above. The promotion is only open to members of Priority who are UK residents age 18+.

Terms apply. Based on total number of connections to O2 network vs. number of connections to each of Vodafone, BT Group and Three as of 30.06.20. To verify, see o2.co.uk/network.

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