Entertainment

David Dobrik gives away another car to his assistant Natalie

Published: 27/Nov/2019 13:26 Updated: 20/Dec/2019 22:13

by Jacob Hale

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David Dobrik is one of the biggest names on YouTube right now, and has become well-known for buying expensive cars and gifts for his friends. Now, his assistant Natalie is the lucky recipient – for the second time in the past year.

For her birthday in 2018, Dobrik bought Natalie a brand-new Mercedes, making her frequent Chipotle trips to collect food for him infinitely more exciting. Not only this but he has given countless experiences, such as Super Bowl tickets, to his friends and the people who have supported him.

Now, though, it’s a new year and a new birthday for Natalie, and David had to one-up the gift he gave her last year somehow. It’s safe to say, he probably managed it.

YouTube: David DobrikIn 2018, David Dobrik bought Natalie a brand-new Mercedes.

His vlog was playing out as it always does, pranking his friends, breaking things, and people getting hurt, before it paused on a still of Natalie, with David briefly explaining the roots of their friendship and working relationship.

He then says, “It’s her birthday this week, and also our two-year anniversary of working together, so I decided to get her her favorite baby blue Ford Bronco.”

When he gathers his friends round to present the gift to Natalie he asks her to guess, telling her it’s “something you and your Mom both love and have both talked about.” Realization dawns on Natalie’s face as she tells David to shut up and refuses to believe it.

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Naturally, Natalie starts questioning David but, by the time she gets outside and sees the car, has a face of sheer delight, literally jumping with joy.

She even jokes about having to take more vacations when David referred to it as a “beach car”, but he quickly (jokingly) shut that down.

The estimated base price of the 2020 Ford Bronco is $30,000, which definitely isn’t a cheap gift by any stretch of the imagination.

While this is expensive, $30,000 is by no means the most Dobrik has spent on a car for his friends. In August 2019, he surprised friend and Vlog Squad member Heath Hussar with a Lamborghini Huracan worth $300,000, leaving Hussar in tears.

This doesn’t much help to dispel the rumors that David and Natalie are dating, which are ramping up day-by-day, but if they are just friends and colleagues then one thing is confirmed: we all need a friend like David Dobrik.

Esports

Cadillac backs TSM in car company’s very first esports partnership

Published: 11/Jan/2021 18:55

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular esports and entertainment organization Team SoloMid — more commonly known as TSM — has announced a partnership with luxury auto brand Cadillac in the car company’s first-ever esports venture.

On January 11, TSM announced its exclusive partnership with Cadillac, marking the very first time the esteemed automotive company has entered such a business venture with competitive gaming groups.

The initiative kicked has off with a special TSM jersey featuring the Cadillac logo — a swanky fit that the organization flexed in a tweet revealing their latest money move.

That’s not all; according to TSM’s press release, their newfound partnership will also include some very special features for their fans, such as “access to exclusive streaming events, custom video and social media content, and experiential events and activations at the brand new, state-of-the-art TSM Performance Center.”

It looks like there’s a lot to be excited for, and even Cadillac is jazzed to be part of the proceedings, according to GM’s Manager of Emerging Media and Partnerships, Bryan Steele.

“Cadillac is excited to enter the esports space as part of the TSM family,” Steele said of the development. “Whether on the road, or on the Rift, our organizations place an incredibly high value on innovation and craftsmanship. Given our shared values, and the pedigree of Cadillac and TSM, it was a natural fit to team up with one of the most decorated esports teams in the world.”

While TSM might be Cadillac’s first esports partnership, this isn’t the first time a luxury car brand has gotten involved with an esports group; in November 2020, Chinese car brand Haval partnered with Epic Esports Events for their EPIC League Dota 2 initiative.

Just a month prior to Haval’s own initiative, Mazda entered a deal with Hellraisers. Other auto brands similarly involved with esports include Honda with Riot Games’ LCS and Team Liquid, McLaren with DragonX, Audi with Astralis Group, and Kia with the LEC.

It seems that more and more car companies are looking to get in on the action that competitive gaming brings. Who knows — it would be really cool to see a special TSM-wrapped Cadillac someday.