Sneakers Style

5 Sneakers To Watch Out For This Weekend

What’s up sneaker family! Glad to be back to you guys! We’ve got a lot going on this week in terms of sneaker updates. Of course the NBA is back, which means new drops from some of your favorite players, and we’re rounding out October for what is going to be the start of the holiday season. I’m excited and I know you guys are. So let’s jump into these announcements.

The Wild Collective
The Wild Collective Capsule

First up, The Wild Collective, a female-owned, Las Vegas-based apparel company recently announced its exclusive, limited edition, sustainable collection designed for The Las Vegas Raiders. The drop featured six styles rooted in Las Vegas with designs made specifically with Raiders fans in mind. This is The Wild Collective’s first NFL drop, in addition to recent launches with the NBA, WNBA, MLB, the Las Vegas Golden Knights and multiple college teams, which you can check out via their website.

Billionaire Boys Club

Next we have another exciting launch from Billionaire Boys Club, and it’s just in time for spooky season. A playful take on iconic graphics from the brands such as the helmet head and coneman, the Billionaire Boys Club Skull Starfield Tee and ICECREAM Coneman Skull Tee are now available for purchase for $50 on the website

Alright now let’s jump into the sneaker we’ve got this weekend. 

1. Saquon Barkley x Nike Air Trainer 3
Saquon Barkley x Nike Air Trainer 3

Release Date:  10/22

I don’t think I have ever included a signature release from an NFL player, and honestly that’s shameful on my part. So I’m going to change that today. Saquon is putting his twist on the classic trainers and I’m personally feeling it. There is something about this shoe that reminds me a little of the Jordan 4 “Sails” which I have never been able to get my hands on. The color scheme is nice, and the neutral tones make it pairable with virtually anything. Sick if you ask me.

BUY NOW, $495
2. Nike Lebron 19 “Bred”
Nike Lebron 19 “Bred”

Release Date: 10/22

Okay Bron! We’re starting the season off with simplicity. A solid black and red sneaker with a hint of silver is a classic basketball look. This shoe screams “hooper” and “avid fan of basketball.” I’ve never owned a pair of 19s so I’m curious to know if these can also be used as performance sneakers. Can you play in these? Please let me know if you’ve had experience!

BUY NOW, $258
3. Nike SB Dunk High “Strawberry Cough”
Nike SB Dunk High “Strawberry Cough”

Release Date: 10/22

You know those candies that grandmothers have in their pocketbooks that are really good? I think this is the best way to describe this shoe. These remind me of those strawberry filled candy buds (you guys know what I’m talking about), and this sneaker could also serve as a holiday shoe because of the green and red colorway. Multipurpose sneakers are the best.

BUY NOW, $250
Air Jordan 36 “Psychic Energy”
Air Jordan 36 “Psychic Energy”

Release Date: 10/22

I must admit that I’m curious to know what this “psychic energy” is about. What is the Jordan Brand predicting for our futures? Is it looking fly? Guess we’ll have to find out, but in the meantime I think this is a good pickup if you don’t already own a similar colorway.

BUY NOW, $238
5. Pyer Moss x Reebok Experiment 4 “Emergency”
Pyer Moss x Reebok Experiment 4 “Emergency”

Release Date: 10/23

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Reebok has arguably had the most progressive releases of 2021. They’ve taken a lot of risks in terms of their colorways, and have teamed up with collaborators that have had similar visions. This Pyer Moss x Reebok drop is another example of that. You won’t find another sneaker on the current market that looks exactly like this, and it’s definitely very couture with an edge of street.

BUY NOW, $250

That’s gonna do it for today, but before we go we have one final announcement. Make sure you check out CASETiFY as they just released their tech capsule collection on October 14 that you should definitely check out. The collection comes from Market’s groundbreaking approach to street style inspired by pop-culture, street art, and the gritty retail style of New York’s Canal Street. This collaboration includes fan-favorite designs such as the face-melting Acid House Smiley, legendary Market Basketball, and Jeff Gluck’s timeless ‘Call My Lawyer’ slogan on CASETiFY’s signature Impact and Ultra Impact Cases starting at $40 USD.


Fans can also customize their Market Smiley Case and Floral Monogram Case by adding their name or initials to the design for a personal touch. You can check it out here.

See y’all next week.

eSports Gaming

A Look At ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’s’ Real-Time Graphics

November belongs to Call of Duty, and with Call of Duty Vanguard scheduled to release on November 5th, more updates are gradually being announced. Today, COD is revealing a new collaboration that, for the first time, allowed actual war photojournalists inside the game to capture in-game war photographs as though they were embedded within the war missions themselves.

Renowned long-time war photojournalists Alex Potter and Sebastiano Tomada Piccolmini, who have long-term experience shooting in conflict regions, ventured inside the game engine for an exclusive photoshoot held at publisher Activision’s motion capture studios. Potter and Piccolmini’s journeys were then reflected in a trailer that allowed fans to see these photographers’ experiences and reactions in real time.

Vanguard’s incredible graphics and visual experience reflect the latest technological advancements coming when the new game launches next month, including its use of photogrammetry where locations, scenes and objects are recreated in-game to lifelike photoreal quality, all of which will be available to fans upon its release on the 5th.

We checked in with CMO of Activision Fernando Machado recently to discuss how this all came together.

Call of Duty: Vanguard

ONE37pm: Thanks for speaking with us Fernando! The Call of Duty Vanguard graphics are next level. Actual war journalists were transported inside to capture in-game war photographs. What was that development process like?

Machado: We are constantly thinking about how we can learn more, and how we can make more unique features available in our games. Our mind is always on how we can make things look very realistic. We wanted Vanguard to be a very immersive experience and thought it would be boring if we tried to explain what was going on in writing.

These graphics are so realistic, and we knew the community would love actually seeing this experience in real-time. That’s where we came up with the idea to hire actual war photojournalists that could capture World War II. It tells the story of technology even if you aren’t into playing COD.

ONE37pm: What made you guys want to introduce this component, and what was the real-time experience of filming, documenting, game development, etc.

Machado: We developed this as a team together at our Motion Culture Studio in Los Angeles. I personally wasn’t there because I’m still in the process of moving to L.A., but all of our key team members were personally there. It was a total collaborative effort from our motion capture team all the way down to our marketing and agency development.

ONE37pm: Starting on October 21, limited edition photo prints will be sold at Bleecker Trading with proceeds going to the Call of Duty Endowment. How important is that?

Machado: We are proud of our work with the Call of Duty Endowment Fund. We’re the largest organization that places veterans in high-quality jobs. Next year we will hit the 100,000 milestone in terms of job placement, and it is something we are very passionate about building internally. Look for more to come!

Call of Duty: Vanguard

It’s not often that you literally get to go inside of a video game, and Alex and Sebastian talked about waiting for the right moments to capture their shots the same way they would on the ground. 

“These were situations that I would normally capture,” said Alex Potter in the film. “I was impressed with how kinetic and immersive it all was,” added Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini. “As photographers, this is what conflict looks like.”

To help get veterans back to work, please visit:, or follow on Instagram and Facebook at @CallofDutyEndowment, and Twitter at @CODE4Vets.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is scheduled for release on November 5, 2021. 

Sneakers Style

FILA and Sprite Collaborate on Special-Edition Grant Hill Footwear and Apparel

Life is all about full-circle moments, and today we have another one. Do you remember back in the day when Grant appeared in a series of Sprite commercials throughout the ’90s? Well, the two are linking back up once again to launch a limited-edition FILA Grant Hill x Sprite Set which consists of a two-piece capsule sneaker and shorts set that pays homage to those iconic 90s ads. In celebration of this special release, this new FILA and Sprite campaign offers a fresh twist on the classic spot from 1995 with an updated 2021 spin. 

Now 26 years later, the Hall of Famer and seven-time All-Star is appearing once again wearing the Grant Hill 1, his first signature silhouette with FILA, but this time around with a specialized Sprite treatment.

FILA x Grant Hill

The Grant Hill 1 x Sprite ($140) features reflective detailing throughout and Sprite-inspired graphics. The silhouette’s colorway mixes white, blue, and Sprite’s iconic green hue. Design elements include embroidered logos, as well as Sprite branding on the tongue, heel, sock liner, and outsole beneath the ice rubber. Additional details include pull tabs on the tongue and heel, and a padded tongue and collar. Rounding out the silhouette is a perforated toe box. 

FILA x Grant Hill

The Grant Hill x Sprite Short ($68) features the Sprite and Grant Hill logos, created in a color palette that ties back to the sneaker. Additional design details include striped and solid trims.

This exciting announcement is just in time for the start of the NBA season today where you can also catch Grant as an analyst on NBA TV.

Sports Strength

Best NBA Merchandise For Each Team For The 2021 Season

It’s here. The NBA season is finally here which means it’s time to stock up on new merchandise. Now when you think about NBA merch, naturally your mind goes to jerseys. Don’t get us wrong—jerseys are cool, but there are so many different unique pickups that you can cop to show off your fandom be it a hat or a keychain. We scoured the internet to find some of the best new items available for each team ahead of the 2021-2022 season. You can thank us later.

1. Boston Celtics Superior Lace Hood
Boston Celtics Superior Lace Hood

ONE37pm Review: Okay we’re starting this one off differently. We wanted something other than a traditional hoodie and 47Brand gave us exactly what we were looking for.

BUY NOW, $120
2. Youth Mitchell & Ness Red Chicago Bulls Jacket
NBA Store
Youth Mitchell & Ness Red Chicago Bulls Jacket

ONE37pm Review: 1990s style jackets will never go out of style. Plus you can never go wrong with a satin bomber.

BUY NOW, $63.99
3. Atlanta Hawks Fanatics Branded Hoodie
Atlanta Hawks Hoodie

ONE37pm Review: A nice solid red hoodie with the Hawks branding that’s perfect for hoodie szn.

BUY NOW, $59.99–w1GFky2Wf0jRoCNVIQAvD_BwE
4. Brooklyn Nets Mitchell & Ness Black 2-Tone Classic Snapback Hat
NBA Store
Brooklyn Nets Classic Snapback

ONE37pm Review: If you’re a BK fan then you need a snapback. It’s the Jay-Z requirement.

BUY NOW, $25.59
5. Men’s Cleveland Cavaliers 59FIFTY Fitted Hat
Cleveland Cavaliers Hat

ONE37pm Review: The old Cleveland Cavalier logo with the New Era fitted. Classic.

BUY NOW, $41.49
6. Charlotte Hornets Fanatics Branded Hoodie
Charlotte Hornets Fanatics Branded Hoodie

ONE37pm Review: With the Fanatics branded hoodie, now you can play for the Charlotte Hornets as well.

BUY NOW, $74.99
7. New York Knicks Jersey
New York Knicks Jersey

ONE37pm Review: Knicks fans have a ton to be excited about after their most successful season in recent years. Definitely time to snag a new jersey if you haven’t already.

BUY NOW, $54.74
8. Detroit Pistons Long Sleeve T-Shirt
NBA Store
Detroit Pistons Long Sleeve T-Shirt

ONE37pm Review: What does Jalen Rose say? “Detroiiiit Basssketball.” Another year, another season.

BUY NOW, $23.99
9. Nike ViceVersa Courtside Miami Jacket
Miami Heat
Nike ViceVersa Courtside Miami Jacket

ONE37pm Review: Clean, fresh, and very Miami Vice if you ask us.

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10. Philadelphia 76ers Fanatics Full-Zip Hoodie
Philadelphia 76er Full-Zip Hoodie

ONE37pm Review: Nice colorway that displays all of the iconic 76ers branding. Great for the winter season.

BUY NOW, $47.99
11. Indiana Pacers Lounge Set
Indiana Pacers Lounge Set

ONE37pm Review: Comfy pants and a matching comfy shirt equals an automatic win.

BUY NOW, $39.99
12. Orlando Magic Fanatics Pack Tailgate Game Day Essentials Gift Box
Orlando Magic Fanatics Pack Tailgate Gift Box

ONE37pm Review: The Tailgate box has all of the necessary game day essentials for any and all Magic fans.

BUY NOW, $47.44
13. Mitchell & Ness Raptors Tie-Dyed T-Shirt
Mitchell & Ness Raptors Tie-Dyed T-Shirt

ONE37pm Review: A nice comfortable fit that you can wear casually. Plus it has that vintage early 2000s Raptors look which is an added bonus.

BUY NOW, $36
14. Milwaukee Bucks 2021 Champion Shirt
Milwaukee Bucks 2021 Champion Shirt

ONE37pm Review: It’s obligatory to wear championship gear when your team wins the Larry O’ Brian. Congrats Bucks fans. You guys earned it.

BUY NOW, $25
15. Washington Wizards Team District T-Shirt
Washington Wizards Team District T-Shirt

ONE37pm Review: Again we’re trying to stay away from making this list too “jersey heavy” since most NBA fans probably already own a jersey from their favorite team. We like this shirt because it doesn’t have the Wizards logo on it. Instead it has the words “District of Columbia” designed into the shirt with the Wizards branding and colors, which is a neat touch.

BUY NOW, $43.99
16. Denver Nuggets Junk Food Throwback Tie-Dye Long Sleeve T-Shirt
NBA Store
Denver Nuggets Long Sleeve T-Shirt

ONE37pm Review: It’s classic retro. There can’t possibly be any rejection of this.

BUY NOW, $31.99
17. Golden State Warriors Pre-Game Performance Shorts
NBA Store
Golden State Warriors Performance Shorts

ONE37pm Review: Assuming most Warriors fans already have an abundance of jerseys, so how about a pair of performance shorts to go with them?

BUY NOW, $54.99
18. Nike Dallas Mavericks Elite Crew Socks
Nike Dallas Mavericks Elite Crew Socks

ONE37pm Review: We’re feeling the solid blue colorway. You can rock these with house slippers or slides.

BUY NOW, $15
19. Minnesota Timberwolves Pullover Hoodie
Minnesota Timberwolves Pullover Hoodie

ONE37pm Review: We were getting tired of the hoodies until we saw this. The neon green is nice and contrasts well with the Timberwolves logo, so we’ll vote yes on this one.

BUY NOW, $43.79
20. Utah Jazz 1988 Snow Heather Raglan Hood
Vintage Brand
Utah Jazz 1988 Snow Heather Raglan Hood

ONE37pm Review: Maybe we’re just in a throwback vintage mood.

BUY NOW, $35.99
21. Los Angeles Clippers Anorak Half-Zip Jacket
NBA Store
Los Angeles Clippers Anorak Half-Zip Jacket

ONE37pm Review: This is what you call a multi-purpose jacket. You can dress it up as a statement piece or wear it to a game/casually. It also appears to be rain proof which is an added bonus.

BUY NOW, $38.39
22. Men’s Houston Rockets Beanie
NBA Store
Men’s Houston Rockets Beanie

ONE37pm Review: If it’s hoodie season then that means beanie season is on the way. You may not need it if you live in Houston, but this could be a good pickup for Rockets fans in cooler areas.

BUY NOW, $22.39
23. TheNorthwest Oklahoma City Thunder Bathrobe
NBA Store
TheNorthwest Oklahoma City Thunder Bathrobe

ONE37pm Review: Is a bathrobe taking your fandom a little bit too far? We don’t know, but we do know that bathrobes are essential items that everyone needs.

BUY NOW, $43.99
24. Los Angeles Lakers Jersey
Los Angeles Lakers Jersey

ONE37pm Review: You guys already know we’re trying to stay away from jerseys for the most part, but since L.A. has some notable new additions this season we’ll include.

BUY NOW, $109.99
25. Memphis Grizzlies Mitchell & Ness Circle Pullover Hoodie
Memphis Grizzlies Pullover Hoodie

ONE37pm Review: We’re going with this pullover because it’s unique. At first glance you might not even realize the hoodie is connected to the Grizzlies organization, which again makes it standout in our opinion. This is also the most popular hoodie item on the Fanatics website so you might want to grab it while you can.

BUY NOW, $79.99
26. Men’s Phoenix Suns Devin Booker Pullover Hoodie
NBA Store
Men’s Phoenix Suns Devin Booker Pullover Hoodie

ONE37pm Review: Are you really a Suns die hard if you don’t have D-Book merch? Enough said.

BUY NOW, $51.99–rQdcvKWxwpbl8-n1bfeAyGg-CaGrDMvT2QvR4L7FB3EiH3M3rjBoCKP0QAvD_BwE
27. OtterBox Portland Trail Blazers Urban Camo iPhone Case
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers iPhone Case

ONE37pm Review: Having a phone case of your favorite NBA team makes it officially official. You heard it here first.

BUY NOW, $59.99
28. Mitchell & Ness Sacramento Photo T-Shirt
Mitchell & Ness Sacramento Photo T-Shirt

ONE37pm Review: Okay we’re definitely in a throwback mood, but you have to admit this is sick. We can’t see how any long-term Sacramento fan wouldn’t want this shirt.

BUY NOW, $45
29. San Antonio Spurs Oversized T-Shirt
San Antonio Spurs Oversized T-Shirt

ONE37pm Review: Okay it’s time to switch things up a little bit. Culture Kings has a dope oversized Spurs tee that keeps the look and feel of San Antonio culture, while adding a vibrant eye-catching pop.

BUY NOW, $29
30. Men’s New Orleans Pelicans Black Hardwood T-Shirt
NBA Store
Men’s New Orleans Pelicans Black Hardwood T-Shirt

ONE37pm Review: The gold pelican emblem against the solid black? Always a win.

BUY NOW, $19.99

Ready for the season. We are over here. Make sure you cop some new merch for the new year.

Style What To Buy

The 40 Best Gifts For College Students

The typical college experience these days may not quite resemble the shenanigans of Animal House, but any student on your gift-giving list is probably in need of the same campus essentials we all used to get us through – albeit with more WiFi. From high tech gadgets that’ll ease them into adulthood to useful dorm room must-haves, and, of course, some things to get the party started, we present 40 of the best gift options for college kids. Togas and kegs not included…

1. Crosley Rondo Bluetooth Speaker
Crosley Radio

This high-tech Bluetooth speaker will add a little retro pizazz to any boring dorm room. In addition to playing all their favorite tunes, this super compact radio-style speaker allows them to wirelessly answer calls, skip tracks, and adjust the volume from the side panel. It also comes complete with USB, mini SD, and charging ports.

Price: $14.95

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2. Bean & Bud Rise Coffee

College kids are both endlessly stressed and forever exhausted. The perfect cure? CBD-infused coffee! Bean & Bud’s quality-sourced coffee beans provide an invigorating wake up call that mixes energizing caffeine with anxiety-reducing CBD to ensure your favorite scholar is prepared to handle anything.

Price: $32.99

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3. Ovalware RJ3 Cold Brew Maker

And what better way to enjoy those beans than by turning ‘em into cold brew? Iced coffee lovers will appreciate the money-saving ease of brewing their own with this fridge-friendly cold brew maker (which kind of looks like it belongs in a lab, so it’s definitely on theme). Its stainless steel filter and cap and BPA-free silicone airtight seal keep the brew fresh for up to two weeks!

Price: $29.99

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4. Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer

Remember when we could actually hold pictures in our hands?! This easy-to-use Bluetooth printer connects to any smartphone in order to turn digital snaps into physical photos. Now all their college memories can live on Instagram and decorate their dorm room walls! (Besides, we all know they’re going to delete those drunk pics online as soon as they start looking for a job.)

Price: $99.95

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5. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

For the same old-school instant photo results along with the added kitsch of being an actual camera, the cult-favorite Instax Mini is always an excellent choice. The newest edition features a selfie mirror next to the front lens, as well as a new macro lens adapter for close-ups. An adjustable brightness dial also guarantees the perfect picture, every time. This funky camera is sure to make them the most popular person at every party.

Price: $64.99

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6. Verilux HappyLight Lumi

Between the aforementioned stress of workloads and the darkening days of winter ahead, things can start feeling rough for any college student. Luckily, this light therapy lamp is an instant mood-booster. It boasts full-spectrum, UV-free light with clinically proven 10,000 lux intensity and three adjustable brightness levels to provide all the mental health benefits of natural sunlight. Its sleek and low-key design allows it to fit seamlessly on a nightstand.

Price: $39.99

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7. Anker Nebula Capsule Pro Projector

TVs are overrated. Turn any dorm room into a movie theater with this smart mini projector which connects to WiFi to deliver bright and vivid video picture as large as 100 inches, as well as 360-degree sound. Coming in at only 15 ounces, it’s easily portable and can even be used outdoors!

Price: $299.99

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8. TRUFF Hot Sauce Variety Pack

Because we all remember the struggle of college cafeteria food, provide the gift of flavor with the TRUFF variety pack. So long as they keep hot sauce in their bag (swag), your recipient can upgrade just about any meal with this truffle-infused selection of spicy condiments. Bonus: they come in a very fancy gift box!

Price: $69.99

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9. Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Whether they need fuel for a final or are in dire need of a hangover cure, this dorm-friendly breakfast sandwich maker is the one tool everyone needs to craft the perfect breakfast of champions. Bacon, egg, and cheese? Easy-peasy (and cheesy). It even includes a built-in timer so that even the most novice chef can never mess up.

Price: $24.99

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10. CraveBox Care Package

One word: snacks! A nostalgic taste of all the treats mom used to buy, the CraveBox Care Package, which is stuffed with 45 pantry favorites ranging from the sweet to the salty (and everything in between), will keep them satisfied between meals – and whenever they have the munchies.

Price: $23.95

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11. Fitbit Charge 4

Then again, all that college junk food (and beer) can make it all too easy to gain the notorious Freshman Fifteen. Life is about balance, so encourage some healthy habits with the latest Fitbit model, the Charge 4. This updated version of the classic boasts all the same fitness features but with added swimproof capabilities, GPS, and new Active Zone Minutes which track how long someone is exercising in their desired heart rate range.

Price: $149.95

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12. Swiss Champ Swiss Army Knife

The first rule of adulthood (and, we guess, the Boy Scouts)? Be prepared. That’ll be easy with this deluxe version of the classic Swiss Army Knife. The Swiss Champ packs a whopping 33 functions inside its pocket-sized body, featuring a corkscrew (important), a can opener (also important), a ruler, a magnifying glass, scissors, a nail file, pliers, tweezers, and multiple screwdrivers of different sizes – just to name a few.

Price: $87.99

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13. Welly Adventure First Aid Kit

And since you never know what adventures await on campus, it’s always smart to have first aid supplies on hand. Obviously they’ll never buy this for themselves, but Welly’s fun and functional first aid kit, which includes Ibuprofen, antibiotic ointment, butterfly strips, tape, and a whole lot of bandages, all in a convenient tin, will be much appreciated on any particularly wild night.

Price: $26.99

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14. HOMEST Double Laundry Hamper

Doing their own laundry for the first time will be hard enough, so save them the extra confusion of that whole “separating the darks from lights” thing and make it extra easy with HOMEST’s modern, durable, transportable, and, most importantly, clearly labeled double laundry hamper. It’s also collapsible for easy storage!

Price: $18.99

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15. Eterluck Wooden Docking Station,+Nightstand+Organizer+Bundle&qid=1602490620&sr=8-3&th=1

Chances are your college kid is dealing with a small room, which means they have to utilize all the space they’ve got. Help them stay organized with an all-in-one wooden docking station. This pick can top any dresser or nightstand and features room to dock and charge multiple devices from iPhones to Apple Watches, as well as designated space to store glasses, pens, and keys. Plus, it comes with a RFID blocking wallet made of vegan leather that will keep their cards and personal information protected.

Price: $45

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16. Nearpow Adjustable Laptop Bed Stand

Working from bed is always ideal, but without the proper setup it can also be incredibly uncomfortable. An adjustable laptop bed desk, like this one by Nearpow, solves that problem. It’s multifunctional, portable, and can be adjusted to five different heights and three surface angles for ultimate usability. Gives new meaning to the term “protect ya neck.”

Price: $56.99

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17. Homesick Scented Candle

For the more sentimental student (or gift-giver), you can’t go wrong with the scent of home. These expertly curated, hand-poured  candles are practically made for the recently-relocated, full of all the unique fragrances of almost anyone’s native state, city, or even country! All the warmth, nostalgia, and comfort they’ll need if (or more likely, when), they start to feel homesick.

Price: $29.20

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18. Adidas Adilette Shower Slides

The classic shoe of co-ed shower users everywhere. Available in three colors (white, black, and collegiate navy), the Adidas Adilette Shower Slides provide maximum slip-on comfort with the added bonus of soft cloudfoam for quick drying. Perfect for protecting their feet from the gross germs of locker rooms and beyond.

Price: $25

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19. Life Hacks 2021 Day-to-Day Calendar,stripbooks

An amusing tear calendar that’ll upgrade any dorm desk. It features a year’s worth of clever life-improving tips and tricks, from food to exercise to technology, every would-be grownup needs to know. The back of each page also includes fun extras like jokes, puzzles, and inspiring quotes.

Price: $14.39

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20. Mancro Laptop Backpack

It might not be the most entertaining gift to get, but it’s certainly useful. With a schedule that likely has them running between classes, the library, an internship, and a job (or two), your favorite student is going to need a backpack that’s professional, stylish, and safe for their treasured gadgets. This cool bag by Mancro has everything they need: a built-in USB charging port, a special pocket for their laptop, an anti-theft lock, and over 12 pockets for ultimate organization.

Price: $19.99

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21. Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger
Anker PowerCore

Today, getting stuck with a dead phone is basically the equivalent of getting stranded on a desert island. Thus, a portable charger is as necessary to have on hand as an actual smartphone! This Anker PowerCore model is one of the most highly-rated for a reason: it weighs a little over 12 oz. and contains enough juice to charge an iPhone seven times before needing to be recharged itself. Small but mighty, indeed.

Price: $49.99

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22. Drunk Stoned or Stupid [A Party Game],aps,149&sr=8-34

Not everything has to be practical. When it comes to college, we all know there will be plenty of fun and games involved, so help make them the life of the party with this hilarious alternative to Cards Against Humanity. Cheeky cards prompt friends to call each other out by naming “Who’s more likely to…” Knowing college kids, they’ll probably find a way to turn it into a drinking game, which they’ll really appreciate you for.

Price: $18

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23. 250 Best Meals in a Mug

There’s only so much microwaveable ramen one person can handle, but as it turns out, there’s a whole world of microwave meals you can make in a cup. This cookbook is the ultimate resource for the cooking (and time management) impaired, with 250 budget-friendly and individually-portioned recipes suitable for every craving.

Price: $21.88

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24. Novelty Mug,aps,149&sr=8-95

And since they’ll need a mug to cook in (and drink copious amounts of coffee out of), going the novelty route is always a good idea. This ceramic mug which reads, “Oh Crap! I’m An ADULT Now!” is sure to get lots of laughs and plenty of use. Nothing like the taste of harsh reality to wake you up in the morning.

Price: $19.95

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25. Jorbest Pizza Blanket

Now that we’re on the subject of hilarious homewares, can we all just take a second to appreciate this hyper-realistic pizza blanket?! Measuring 60-inches in diameter, and made from soft flannel, this deliciously cozy piece of bedding basically turns people into human Hot Pockets – in the best way possible. (Also available in tortilla and waffle prints. Yum.)

Price: $17.99

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26. Gentleman Jon Complete Wet Shave Kit
Gentleman Jon

For the dapper dude on your list, this fancy (yet affordable) kit ensures that he never misses a shave – even in his overcrowded shared bathroom. It comes with a sleek safety razor, badger hair shave brush, sandalwood shave soap, an alum block to prevent razor burn, and five extra blades. A forever-fresh face in a box!

Price: $55

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27. Manscaped Performance Package

When it comes to grooming, um, elsewhere, nothing beats the products by Manscaped. Their famous must-haves come together in their Performance Package, a bundle of hygiene appliances and skincare (for sensitive areas) including the Weed Whacker ear and nose hair trimmer and the Lawn Mower 3.0 waterproof trimmer featuring Advanced SkinSafe™ Technology. They even throw in a pair of boxers!

Price: $119.99

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28. Leatherology Double Zip Toiletry Bag

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Gaming Interviews

Popular Streamers KittyPlays and Krystalogy Talk Mental Health In Gaming

Mental health is important, and so is self-preservation. In order to be our best selves and perform at our highest levels, we have to make sure we are taken care of mentally and emotionally. One of the ways we can do that is through gaming. A recent Microsoft study found that 84% of respondents agreed that gaming has positively impacted their mental health over the past year during the course of this pandemic.

Researchers have cited numerous mental health benefits to playing games including lessened feelings of loneliness, to further help spread positivity in the world of gaming  Bai Boost, a new plant-based, caffeinated water drink from Bai Wonderwater, has partnered with Take This, a non-profit supporting mental health in the gaming community, as well as wildly popular streamersKittyPlays and Krystalogy to continue to bring light and education on mental health awareness.

We spoke with both KittyPlays and Krystalogy on the personal benefits of gaming and how they personally take care of themselves, while also getting advice on how to fit gaming and self-care into our busy schedules.

ONE37pm: This past Sunday was World Mental Health Day. How does gaming help to improve mental health?

KittyPlays: It helps a lot! Gaming allows me to participate and be social. It can also be very stimulating in the sense that you take on new challenges. It’s important to take care of your mental health, and gaming can be an easy way to connect with a group that has the same direction. You’re accomplishing something.

Krystalogy: I actually have a story about this. It was my freshman year of college and I was going through a rough time. I began playing Stardew Valley, and tending to my farm kept me sane rather than crying. It was soothing, calm, helped me stay focused and promoted positivity. Playing games can definitely help you stay centered and positive.

ONE37pm: Adult life can be super busy and sometimes we don’t have the time to play games. Any suggestions on how we can incorporate that more into our lives?

KittyPlays: It’s funny because I never thought I would be telling adults to game. I would suggest putting it as part of your nighttime ritual. Again you can join a group, explore a new world, and it can help you when you are going through something and life is getting too heavy. Also this can depend on the game you are playing as well.

Krystalogy: To add, I haven’t been playing a lot of games outside of my career lately because I have been trying to read more and decrease time. However if I were to play a game right now to relax it would probably be Valorant. I try not to record/stream every moment because there are things that I want to keep to myself, and I don’t have to worry about small things such as how I look or what facial expressions I am making.

ONE37pm: How do you take care of yourself daily to help you balance your career?

KittyPlays: I’m a huge fan of morning routines. I don’t touch my phone right away when I get up. I do yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and journal. I have my lattes, do some reading, and then I officially start my day. So I would say it’s about setting that initial foundation.

Krystalogy: I’ve been reading a lot more because so much of gaming is about storytelling, and I love games and stories. I also read to reduce my time on social media because it can really be draining sometimes—especially with the negative comments. Reading, walking, etc., has been especially helpful to my physical and mental health.

ONE37pm: Is there anything else you want gamers to know about gaming and mental health?

KittyPlays: For me, everything is about optimism and positivity. This career can come with a lot of harassment, but at the same time gaming allows me to get in tune with myself. There are a lot of people who are complimenting and trying to tear you down at the same time, so it’s about being even keel. You have to really set a foundation because there’s tons of good things as well. Gaming can help you socialize and interact with many people across the world, especially in this pandemic.

Krystalogy: Don’t brush off your mental health! It’s okay to take a break, and it’s okay to give yourself time to rest because at the same time the quality of your work also reflects your mental health. Try that game! Go for that walk! Especially since we’re kind of still stuck at home because of this pandemic.

You heard them! Make sure you always take time to take care of yourself. You can keep up with both KittyPlays and Krystalogy on Instagram. 

Entrepreneurs Grind

How eBay and Sneaker Con Are Elevating The Sneaker Community

The 2021 Sneaker Con trail continues to blaze, this time with a weekend stop in the city of Atlanta where hundreds of sneakerheads gathered to buy, sell, and connect with fellow sneaker lovers who share the same passion. ONE37pm attended the event for the first time this year, and met with eBay’s General Manager of Sneakers, Garry Thaniel to discuss the over $21B retail sneaker market, the $2B resale sneaker market, and what makes eBay the number one marketplace for sneaker reselling – including eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee and zero seller fees. 


With eBay recently reaching over one million items authenticated, the sneaker category continues to explode on the platform with an average of 1.64M sneaker listings each day. Last year eBay sold a total of 7.69 million sneakers in North America with an average of 15 pairs of sneakers bought every minute on eBay, while also boasting their fastest-growing – yet frequently under-served community of female sneaker collectors and enthusiasts in an estimated $80 billion market.

The women’s sneaker category is another fast-growing area on eBay growing more than 80% through the course of 2020, and sales of men’s sneakers bought by female shoppers doubled over that same period.

We spoke with Thaniel more about the continued sneaker growth on eBay, and what we can expect in this final quarter of 2021 and the beginning of 2022.


ONE37pm: What’s it like being here in Atlanta for Sneaker Con?

Thaniel: It’s great being here! I love Atlanta, and there’s a lot in the sneaker culture that is blowing up from here. ATL is definitely an influential place, and eBay is here partnering with Sneaker Con. We’ve been at the forefront and the OGs to some extent when it comes to the resell market online specifically. This is a great opportunity for us to also show people what we are doing in terms of the authenticity booth we have, and we just hit a milestone of authenticating one million pairs of sneakers which is amazing.

We’re also not charging any fees right now for people to sell on eBay. On average we save people roughly $17 to $20 million dollars in authentication fees. We want to get exposure and show people what we are doing!

ONE37pm: You guys aren’t new to this as people have been buying and selling sneakers on eBay since the very beginning. Can you talk a bit about that evolution?

Thaniel: We’re always trying to make sure that we evolve to meet the market’s expectations. When we first started, authentication wasn’t table stakes and now it is. How the marketplace is going gets us excited in the eBay community. We’re aiming to make eBay the most inclusive sneaker community out there including the older people like myself who bought their first limited edition sneakers on eBay.

Whether you are like me and want to search and find the most rare thing or just a person that wants to look fresh. I’m the kind of person who will go down a rabbit hole of searching for what I want. Ultimately it’s our goal to make the sneaker community as welcoming as possible.

ONE37pm: Is there a specific sneaker you’ve seen in 2021 that’s popping off?

Thaniel: The Travis Scott shoes, Fragment, and Dunks have been huge for us this year. Dunks are up over 300 percent, and then of course the Jordans. Yeezys are up significantly on our platform as well, but then we also have some stuff that you wouldn’t expect. Donovan Mitchell’s adidas D.O.N. is up over 100 percent for us in sales. Kawhi Leonard’s sneaker releases are up over 400 percent.

ONE37pm: Could you give us a little more insight into the authentication process?

Thaniel: We have partnered with Sneaker Con to authenticate every pair of shoes that’s over $100. We have a process where they look at everything on the shoe in terms of the stitching, labeling, smell, etc., but they will also look at smaller things like the box, the picture on the box, and the paper in the box.

For many people sneakers are investment pieces that are an alternative stream of income, and with anything you are investing in, you want to make sure you have the real deal. Sneaker Con has an amazing team, and this process gives us the trust of sellers using the platform while obviously gaining the buyers confidence as well. 

ONE37pm: What makes eBay the best?

Thaniel: For me eBay is the best for two reasons. First because we have anything that you are looking for across our platform. There’s a lot of gems that you can find here that range from brand new to pre-owned rare gems. The other reason is our place in the community. As I said before, we want to make sure everybody feels welcome in our community. This was the first place I found my most expensive pair of sneakers.

When I was in college around 2001 and 2002, I wanted a pair of the Tim Duncan Foamposite Max shoes from 1998. I didn’t have the money to buy them when they came out, but in 2002 I did. I found them on eBay and to this day they are in my closet. When I wear them people pause. That’s why we are the best because we have a platform to allow people to tell their stories. Most sneakerheads will tell you that they got their start on eBay.

ONE37pm: We’re heading into the holidays and the first quarter of 2022. What can we expect?

Thaniel: I think we’ll continue to see sneakers being one of the top sneaker items. Our business has seen triple digit growth. I’ve been in touch with many of the sellers in our buying community when it comes to items people are most excited about, and I think you will still see people buying a lot of the items they’ve always wanted like Travis Scott, New Balance, Dunks, etc. As much as new releases will be super important, so will the things people have been watching for a while that they are finally going to pull the trigger on. We are already excited about 2022, and many of the things that we are working on right now on eBay to better serve our customers.

Be sure to follow eBay on Instagram and Twitter for more exciting updates.

Culture Music

Discovering The Atlanta Street Dancing Scene With Red Bull

This latest installment of our Red Bull series is taking a different turn with the 2021 season of Dance Your Style. Red Bull Dance Your Style is an elite competition that brings together the region’s best dancers to battle one on one against a spontaneous soundtrack, and Atlanta was the latest stop on the competition trail which will conclude with the Nationals in Washington, DC at the end of this month. I’ve lived in Georgia now for the past ten years, frequenting the electric city of ATL quite often, and I must admit that before this past week I knew very little about the underground dancing scene here in the A.

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Red Bull Dance Your Style

Obviously, Atlanta’s music scene is heavily documented with many of the biggest acts from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s experiencing massive success on the charts with the south creating many defining musical trends and sounds (especially in this past decade). However, the A has also played a heavy yet underrated role in developing many dance trends and styles both mainstream and underground.

This is something that piqued my curiosity, and honestly, I felt a little embarrassed as a decade-long Georgia/ATLien not knowing these things right off the bat. That said, it’s never too late to learn, and since there are probably people reading this article that aren’t too familiar with the history either, let’s learn a little more together. 

I first spoke to the veteran dancer and Atlanta local Don Soup. Soup has been dancing professionally for about six years getting his start in musicals before being introduced to the ATL freestyle community. Afterward, he began venturing into choreography and the entertainment industry before beginning to battle. Soup’s first real and recorded dance battle was about three years ago, and from there he has been expanding his dance knowledge in different styles, cultures, and history. I asked Soup his perspective on the Atlanta dance scene.

Red Bull
Don Soup

“I moved to Atlanta about six or seven years ago and I was introduced to this style of dance after I graduated. There are two major dance styles were—Yeek and Ticking. The underground club scene would mostly have house music playing, and a lot of the battles were in clubs eventually making their way to outside events. 

As far as the current dance scene here—I would say TikTok is a big influence, along with the dance styles Flexin and Popping. The big music market goes hand-in-hand with these dance moves which are groovy, spiritual, and sweet.”

I next spoke with another veteran dancer named Cleo aka Cleo vs Everybody. Over the past, 12 years Cleo has had the pleasure of meeting, dancing with, and learning from many dancers. Every exchange on and off the dance floor has had an influence on her dance style and outlook about dance, and most of her dance career has been spent competing and coordinating local jams in Atlanta.

Cleo really enjoys being a mainstay of the Atlanta Dance Scene and is always ecstatic to welcome dancers that she’s met at out-of-state competitions. Cleo and I spoke about her intro to dance, and how she personally experiences ATL dance.

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Cleo vs Everybody

“My intro to dance came through the B-Boy community, and I would say over the past eight years dancing here has transitioned into popping and trend dancing. Animation dance is a trend darling, and the scene is overall a lot younger now. I’m one of the last of the cast!

The biggest transitions have been from old-school to dubstep, and now of course Trap music. We are seeing non-traditional dances fused into different styles. Flexin, which is from New York, has come over, and so has Popping, Locking, and House which are being fused together. People are also open more to different styles now. Those are a few of the things that I’ve personally seen.”

In addition to chatting with Soup and Cleo, I also hit the Atlanta streets asking some native dancers that weren’t competing in the event their thoughts on how dancing has evolved here, one of whom took us through an in-depth history of the Yeek style.

Red Bull
Danny Lopez

“Basically Atlanta has a dedicated style called Yeekn which came out in the 1980s right after Popping. I’m not which part it came from, but it started at skating rinks, parties, etc. Popping came here in the 80s as well, but it really hit hard in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s with the success of a dancer out of Georgia named Mike Watson. Krump came to the A during the Rise Movement, but our main style will always be Yeekn which comes from HBCU schools like Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, and Spelman. Memphis has Jookin, Cali has Krump, and we have Yeekn. 

If you ever come to Atlanta please visit the skating rinks. Go to the skate town on Old National if you ever want to see that true authentic ATL dancing, you are going to see it right here in downtown Atlanta in the skating rinks.”

So there you have it, make sure you check out the skating rinks in Atlanta. In the meantime here’s a quick recap of the ATL event.

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Red Bull Dance Your Style Atlanta

On Thursday, October 7th, the premiere one-on-one street dance competition, Red Bull Dance Your Style continued its 2021 iteration with its Atlanta debut and crowned De’Wayne “Prince Wayne” Martin Jr. as the regional winner.

The evening brought together the region’s top dancers at Believe Music Hall. Following 16 rounds of electrifying 1:1 battles, the energetic crowd voted Prince Wayne as the winner of the Red Bull Dance Your Style Atlanta qualifier. He will head to the U.S. Red Bull Dance Your Style National Finals taking place in Washington, D.C from Friday, October 22 through Saturday, October 23.

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De’Wayne “Prince Wayne” Martin Jr. has been dancing his whole life but only began battling four years ago. Boasting a diverse repertoire of dance styles from hip-hop to ballet and Krumping to jazz, Prince Wayne is on a journey to turn his passion into his profession.

Be sure to check out the U.S. Red Bull Dance Your Style National Finals taking place in Washington, D.C from Friday, October 22 through Saturday, October 23. 

eSports Gaming

A Conversation With Drone Racing League President Rachel Jacobson

The 2021-2022 Drone Racing League World Championship season officially kicked on September 29th, and today we’re taking a closer look at the league that has captured the attention of millions around the world. For those that may be unfamiliar, the Drone Racing League (DRL) is the world’s premier, professional drone racing property, where the best drone pilots in the world fly in the league as millions of fans watch them race on NBC and Twitter. With groundbreaking technology and immersive high-speed races through virtual and live events, the DRL is breaking all kinds of barriers as they create this new era of sports, combining both esports and real-life competition. 

Drone Racing League
DRL President Rachel Jacobson

The DRL continues to elevate with each new season, and this year they are taking things up a notch. The league recently closed a blockbuster sponsorship deal with blockchain partner Algorand for $100MM, in what is set to be a long-term partnership with many exciting updates along the way. With tons of momentum around the league and this upcoming season, we spoke with DRL President Rachel Jacobson—a woman who is leading the charge in a male-dominated industry by the way, about the 21-22 Season, the history of the league, and how her previous experiences as the NBA’s SVP of Global Partnerships prepared her for a role as President of the DRL.

ONE37pm: Congrats on the 2021-2022 season kicking off! Some of our readers are being introduced to drone racing for the first time. Can you give them a brief history of the league?

Jacobson: For anyone that is new to DRL, get ready for your new favorite sport! The Drone Racing League is different from any other mainstream sport where the best pilots in the world compete in front of millions of fans on national broadcasts. Our league is at the intersection of the technology and sports worlds in what is a hybrid of virtual and live events. Going back a little further, our founder Nicholas Horbaczewski created this league in 2015 in what was at the time an underground hobby, and eventually, he decided to invest in the technology, media, and sports ecosystem to turn this hobby into a global, professional sports property.

ONE37pm: You spent 21 years at the NBA as their SVP of Global Partnerships, how did your experiences there prepare you for what you are doing now with DRL?

Jacobson: Well, beyond undergrad, I would say that I achieved all of my other degrees through my two decades at the NBA. I had the pleasure of working with two of the best in the industry David Stern and Adam Silver, and in my time there I learned so much in terms of training, marketing, events, and global partnerships, which in turn have prepared me for what I am doing now in the DRL. Not only was I able to learn from my experiences, but I was also able to gain knowledge from many other people like NBA team owners. At the NBA, you have to constantly be innovating and evolving the brand.

Everybody is constantly fighting for market share, so you have to always be growing. At DRL, innovation is what drives us and we are constantly developing new groundbreaking technology to advance our sport.

ONE37pm: What does it take to be a drone racer? If one of us were to be interested in joining, what kind of training would we need to have, and what do we need to do to eventually advance to the level of these professionals?

Jacobson: I love this question! We want to be inspiring everyone to get involved in drone racing! It is so much fun, and educational. It helps you learn incredible new skills, like drone piloting, engineering, mechanics, etc., and those are the same things that can be applied to careers in film, tech, and entertainment. To compete at the highest level it takes a lot of training. DRL has the twelve best pilots in the world, and they practice more than ten hours a day.

For those looking to get into drone racing for fun, we recommend downloading our official DRL Simulator on PlayStation, Xbox, Steam, or Epic Games. It is the fastest, easiest, and most cost-effective way for you to learn drone racing. You get the opportunity to feel like you are one of our pilots, and we actually recruit pilots through the SIM’s annual esports tournament, the DRL SIM Tryouts. You can be playing for fun one day, and then be a professional the next!

ONE37pm: Ahead of the 2021-2022 season the DRL recently closed a blockchain sponsorship with blockchain partner Algorand. Could you talk a little more about that?

Jacobson: It’s exciting! We have been really focused on scaling the league, as we are determined to be one of the most successful leagues in the world. We look to partner with the most innovative companies and marketers, and Algorand is a team of visionaries, disruptors, and innovators. We’ve been keeping up in the crypto and blockchain world for a while now, as our fans are tech-savvy and into crypto. Our partnership with Algorand is one with amazing chemistry.

Algorand is the most technically advanced organization in blockchain, and they are aligned with our brand. There is a lot that we will do together, like NFTs for ticketing, blockchain-enabled transactions, and prizes, and even building a digital drone racing series in the metaverse!

ONE37pm: Lastly, what can we expect from the season? 

Jacobson: We are running hybrid competitions across esports in our SIM and in-person drone races in Minneapolis, Memphis, and a to-be-announced location for the final race of the season. Due to Covid protocols, we are only having a limited amount of people at these events, but we are hoping to have a packed crowd for the championship!

We have new partnerships and the league is continuing to evolve, and we are disrupting the big five sports. Millions of people are already interested, and we want even more to get involved! The DRL is thrilling and different from other sports, and we have primetime hours on NBC including Christmas Day and lead-ins to the Winter Olympics.

It’s going to be an exciting year for the DRL so make sure you stay tuned. You can check in with the DRL squad every Wednesday night at 8 pm EST on NBCSN and Twitter, and visit the official website for more updates as the season continues.

Gaming New Releases

The Wildly Popular Mobile Premier League Makes Its Way To The U.S.

If you haven’t already heard of Mobile Premier League, then you better believe you will soon. MPL is a unique but wildly popular segment of the growing gaming community, casual gaming, that has rapidly exploded in the US over the past few months, providing a way for both casual and avid gamers to play all of their favorite games (I.E. pool, bowling, solitaire, baseball, etc) all in one place, while also giving gamers a chance to play with their friends for money or a side hustle.

Mobile Premier League

Originally developed in India, MPL has quickly become Asia’s biggest mobile gaming platform, and has now launched in the U.S. At the time of this writing, MPL currently boasts more than 85 million casual gamers, and was recently valued at $2.3 billion. The game is a unique way for people to kill time, earn money, and play games with old friends while meeting new ones. We spoke with MPL CEO Sai Srinivas about the development process behind the game, and how they plan to take gaming to new heights.

ONE37pm: Congratulations on the success of MPL! What was the development of the game like?

Srinivas: The development of MPL goes all the way back to my days as a game designer and product manager. I’ve always believed that if someone is good at something, then they should be able to use that passion as a way to make money. I used to play 8 Ball Pool and thought about how it would be if people could play their favorite games, essentially compete in tournaments through a World Cup, and figure out who’s the best. When I started MPL in 2018, I didn’t see anybody else doing this concept. I developed the game in India, and we’ve since expanded to Asia and the United States. Everybody loves to compete, and MPL was the right place and right time for us, especially in India. 

ONE37pm: Did you encounter any obstacles while in the early stages of MPL?

Srinivas: As a game designer, my first obstacle was creating a game that developers could use. We’re still in the early days in that regard, but we’ve made a lot of progress with developers over the past year-and-a-half. The goal is to have even more international developers and players in Europe, U.S., India, and Asia.

ONE37pm: How did you select the games for MPL?

Srinivas: It was important for me to choose games that people like to play, which are mostly evergreen such as cricket in India, baseball in Europe, etc. Our focus is on those games and trying to bring them onto our platform.

ONE37pm: We have a lot of aspiring game designers that will be reading this article. What’s your advice to them?

Srinivas: The game has to be fun to play. That is the most important element, and it’s not going to work if it’s not fun. You can’t put the metrics and revenue before the actual gameplay because people decide whether or not they like the game in the first five to ten minutes. You have to focus on those first five/ten minutes and make the game enjoyable before you put your attention on the potential metrics and value.

ONE37pm: Where do you see MPL in the next five years?

Srinivas: Ideally MPL will be a place that game publishers can use to publish their games, and from there players will automatically be able to host a World Cup. I think this is the future of digital sports. If we could host tournaments around the world that would be great!