SAN DIEGO, CA, July 24, 2018 – San Diego Comic-Con got a bit more interesting this year, as cannabis tech brand BudTrader showed up in full force, holding daily gaming tournaments at its booth at SDCC from July 19th through July 21st.
At Friday’s BudTrader Experience, top gamers were deeply invested in a final round of a Fortnite tournament that had been going on all day. Just as the competition was growing heated, BudTrader investor and world-renowned LA rapper Slim 400 suddenly jumped up on the BudTrader stage and grabbed a mic from one of the hosts of the tournament. BudTrader’s resident DJ BirdyBird was apparently in on the Kanye West-style interruption, and began to spin a beat, which Slim 400 freestyled over for more than five minutes before CEO Brad McLaughlin was able to talk the gangster rapper off stage.
Slim 400 had been standing next to the BudTrader booth watching the final rounds of BudTrader’s Fortnite tournament when, the rapper says, “inspiration hit”. The hip-hop star, who is signed to YG’s label, set the stunned audience off with his freestyle, and the gamers continued to battle it out without missing a beat.
In addition to Slim 400’s impromptu freestyle, BudTrader also had a big name make an unannounced appearance at its after party on Saturday night. Superstar rapper Chief Keef took to the BudTrader stage in a surprise performance of many of his biggest hits and new tracks off his upcoming album. Those in the know agreed that this was an epic show, as Chief Keef has just announced that he will do a tour as a hologram only and will no longer make live appearances. This left attendees wondering – did BudTrader get the final in-person Chief Keef performance?
Celebrities and VIP guests, along with a few lucky contest winners, were presented with BudTrader Experience Swag Bags, which included products from sponsors such as AbsoluteXtracts, Purity Cannabis, Mind Tricks edibles, Enerhealth, Kush Bottles, Smoking Bear smoke shop and more. Also included in the swag bags were SDCC exclusive “Dude Where’s My Yacht?” BudTrader tees. The slogan refers to last years’ Comic-Con, when BudTrader’s superyacht party was unceremoniously shut down, and the BudTrader yacht was pulled from the 5th Avenue Landing overnight. This caused BudTrader to lose out on their planned Saturday extravaganza, along with tens of thousands of dollars in losses due to the cancellation. Last year, BudTrader’s presence at Comic-Con was covered by publications such as High Times, Times of San Diego, The San Diego Union Tribune and over 400 other news outlets.
BudTrader is the largest online cannabis marketplace, with platforms available in the 28 states where cannabis use is legal, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. With over one-million people registered to their platform, BudTrader’s user base rivals that of industry giants Weedmaps and Leafly.