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How Pandemic Changed the Way We Watch Sports?



How Pandemic Changed the Way We Watch Sports?
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It’s a tough time to be a sports fan, the Coronavirus has given humanity plenty of reasons to worry about over the past year and it’s even managed to take one of our favorite distractions away from us, Live Sports. It’s been over a year since we’ve watched live sports and unfortunately, it seems like it’s going to be that way for a while.

If you’re like me and you don’t know what to do with yourself, don’t hit the panic button just quite yet there are numerous creative ways technology is giving sports fanatics their fix despite the fact that practically all major sports have now been canceled.

We don’t have a way to consume every sport but we do have some new options for the major ones, the NBA season was postponed indefinitely on March 11th after the outbreak hit the league directly with Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell testing positive for the coronavirus. To keep fans entertained through teams across the league have been playing out their season through NBA 2k and streaming the simulations on Twitch also on a positive note when it comes to the NBA many people around the league are pitching in to help the hourly employees who were affected by the suspension of the season. 

The NBA had also announced that it made its NBA League Pass available for free back from April 22nd with this you can watch every game from this season and classic games throughout the years now when it comes to the NCAA tournament you may be out of luck on feeling the madness unless you plan on buying an old copy of NCAA basketball 2009.

In fact, you can even watch Kayo Sports outside Australia, even if you don’t live in Australia. All you need is a VPN service like ExpressVPN. You can also watch some great basketball movies on any of the popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. I recommend blue chips on Amazon Prime video or semi-pro and Space Jam on Netflix. Good news for all you combat sports fans out there MMA is still alive and kicking and yes that pun was thoroughly intended!

UFC Brazilian took place on March 14th behind closed doors and without fans UFC Fight Night 171 has been moved from London because of travel restrictions enacted by the US. Dana White has also announced that UFC events will continue to go on until government shutdowns are in place for now you can still watch people go at it in the Octagon on ESPN Plus.

If just watching it isn’t enough for you and you want to be a part of the action you can get a copy of UFC 3 and yes we do know that’s an older video game but we haven’t heard any more news on the long-awaited UFC 4 soccer.

It has taken a big hit due to the coronavirus and many leagues have shut downplay, but not all of them Liga Mexico is still having matches without fans and attendance, you can stream them on a number of platforms like ESPN, Deportes, and CBS

The football clubs that aren’t playing in real life are still offering fans hope to see their favorite players on the pitch. Leeds United wasn’t able to play their championship game against Cardiff so they stream the simulation on FIFA 20, the broadcasts drew in 50,000 online viewers showing that people still want to see their favorite teams play no matter how!

The NHL season announced on March 12th that it was pausing the 2019-2020 season but similar to soccer, people are running out simulations of the entire season on NHL 20 to show that they still give a *uck, and if that doesn’t do it for you.

You can still turn to Netflix and watch some really great hockey movies like Miracle Goon and more Football wasn’t as affected by the coronavirus as other sports since this isn’t the season for it but the XFL an alternative to the NFL did have to suspend its season on March 12th, so in other words, you probably won’t be able to watch any actual live football games for a while.

However, if you still need to feel the grit of the gridiron there are plenty of football movies as well on streaming services. The NFL made its NFL game pass available for free during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes every game from the past 11 seasons hard knocks and a football life and you can always build a dynasty on Madden.

Although many in-person events have been canceled due to coronavirus e-sports are actually saving the day for many sports enthusiasts professional athletes like Dale Earnhardt Jr. have been drawing hundreds of thousands to watch them play video games of their respective sport pro athletes are spending their time off playing video games so in at least some way we can still watch them play.

Young NBA star Luka Don cheek for the Dallas Mavericks is playing a lot of video games while his season is on hiatus and he even reached out on social media to try to figure out how to set up his own twitch stream Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans who has been an avid gamer for years and really a leading figure in meshing professional basketball and professional gaming.

He joked online, that now no one can make fun of him for being a video game nerd, the surge of professional athletes playing video games is not only good entertainment but we could see it sparking organize tournaments pro Am’s and even charity streams for this coronavirus pandemic US fans will have to get creative during this coronavirus pandemic.  

Hopefully by the time NFL and college football is back on we can pack the stadiums again to watch our favorite teams, but for now, E-sports is on the rise!  if you have any other ways to get your sports fix let us know!

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Pragmatic Play Multiplies the Excitement with Lucky 6 Roulette



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Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, is adding a thrilling twist to a casino classic with the debut of Lucky 6 Roulette, its latest live casino release.

The live casino game show maintains the familiar elements of roulette, providing players with their favourite betting types, while introducing six lucky numbers with each game round.

After bets are closed, each lucky number is given a unique lucky multiplier between 50x to 2,088x the player’s bet, boosting the winning potential to exciting new heights. Any players who have placed a straight-up bet on a winning lucky number will be awarded the lucky win with its assigned multiplier prize.

Lucky 6 Roulette joins Pragmatic Play’s rich suite of live casino games, which includes recent cutting-edge adventure-themed game show Treasure Island.

“Lucky 6 Roulette takes the excitement of live roulette to the next level,” the Chief Operating Officer for Pragmatic Play, Irina Cornides, said. “It’s set in a stunning studio that serves up rich visuals to complement the premium elements of roulette while delivering players six chances to win boosted prizes with each game round.

“Pragmatic Play is always looking to offer new ways to enjoy live casino. Lucky 6 Roulette joins many other favourites in a portfolio that continues to power up new possibilities of play for operators and their players.”

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Rhino.Bet Names Henry Brooke as its Horse Racing Ambassador



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Leading jockey steps into the role for 2023/24 season

Rhino.Bet, a leading brand within Playbook Engineering’s award-winning platform, has announced that Grade 1 winning jockey Henry Brooke (pictured) has become its horse racing ambassador for the 2023/24 jumps season.

Brooke is one of the north’s leading jockeys, whose career high came in 2019 when he won the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Cornerstone Lad. Other notable successes for the former Conditional Champion include wins in the Rendlesham Hurdle and Eider Chase along with three Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase wins on three different horses for three different trainers.

Despite his share of injuries over the past three seasons, the 31-year-old has continued to make a name for himself as one of the leading jockeys on the Northern Racing circuit and his partnership with Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero is propelling him to even greater success. That alliance has included a first win for both parties in France with the talented Gesskille.

“I’m truly excited to be linking up with Rhino Bet,” Brooke said. “It’s putting a huge amount into sponsoring races at Carlisle, Market Rasen, Huntingdon and Nottingham and this ties in nicely with my role as Jockey Club Small Course Ambassador.

“I’m fitter than I’ve ever been as I have ramped up my gym work; cardio, high intensity interval training and strength conditioning topped off with my new ice bath. This training programme is translating into results on the track and I’m sure it will pay off for Rhino.Bet and its investment in me.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Henry Brooke to the Rhino.Bet team,” the Head of Retention for Rhino.Bet, Ceiron Jones, said. “Henry is not only a top jockey but a really nice guy and we’re chuffed he’s chosen to carry the Rhino logo over the jumps this season. We’re continuing to invest in small course sponsorship this season and working with Henry complements that strategy perfectly.”

Being based in Middleham has allowed Brooke to develop working relationships with a number of the North’s leading trainers Brian Ellison and Adrian Keatley. As Rhino.Bet’s racing ambassador, Brooke will be previewing his rides as well as providing punters with unique insight into the life of a jockey as well as carrying the Rhino on his breeches.

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Nordcurrent turns players into fashion designers with UGC marketplace



Nordcurrent turns players into fashion designers with UGC marketplace
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Developer and publisher Nordcurrent has released a revolutionary update to its leading mobile fashion game, Pocket Styler, with the launch of a new creator platform, Pocket Styler Studio. The digital platform allows players to work like real-life fashion designers to create clothing, shoes and accessories to their exact specifications. Once finished, digital designers can market their creations under their own ‘designer label’ name and sell them in-game to millions of Pocket Styler’s players in return for in-game currency, which has never been possible in a mobile fashion game before.

The gaming skins market is a multi-billion dollar industry, with almost 50% of players buying skins with in-game currency and around 40% buying skins with real money, according to Newzoo. But, conceptualising, drawing and polishing collections takes time, and even with Nordcurrent artists supplying over 100 items every couple of weeks, Pocket Styler players still had a thirst for more items inspired by current fashion, movies, and celebrity looks, thus limiting the time players were spending in the game and subsequently Nordcurrent’s revenue.

The integration of user-generated content into Pocket Styler has revolutionized the in-game design process. It has provided players with a wider range of options to choose from while also allowing them to earn in-game currency. This feature has also addressed the creative burden faced by game artists and developers who previously struggled to keep up with the demand for fresh content. Designers now upload over 2,000 original items into the game every day, adding nearly 300 times more content than before the launch of Pocket Styler Studio.

Victoria Trofimova, CEO of Nordcurrent, said: “‘With over 100,000 daily active users, Pocket Styler is one of the world’s most popular fashion games, and now one of the most advanced thanks to the introduction of Pocket Styler Studio. It provides a platform for creators to become professional digital fashion designers who can build their brands and promote their designs globally.

“By empowering players and letting them design and sell their clothing, we hope to inspire the next generation of fashion designers while supporting them as active contributors to the game they love, helping us form a community of designers who play a genuine part in making the game even better.“

Pocket Styler Studio has been in beta since February. Currently, over 1,000 designers are creating items for the game, and another 5,000 designers are expected to upload daily in the first year of launch, creating trillions of outfit combinations and millions of new looks submitted weekly. Nordcurrent is also testing the option of designers earning real currency from their designs in the future.

Designs are saved into a designer’s profile until they are ready to be marketed. Once on sale, individual designers can track their brands’ success by ‘Publishing’ items and assessing how many sell. Players can choose a name for their designer label and earn ‘Gems’, the in-game currency, for every item sold to other players. Pocket Styler Studio is available globally; players must have Pocket Styler installed on their phones and have a free Nordcurrent ID to use Pocket Styler Studio, which can be accessed through a browser.

Launched in May 2021, Pocket Styler is based on attending different in-game events, creating looks based on the criteria of the events, submitting those looks, getting scores, and competing with other players to become “trendsetters” and climbing on top of the leaderboard. The game has 21 million downloads, with 100,000 players spending 10,000 hours on the app and giving 10 million votes to outfits daily.

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