Hi Sports Tech Fans,
With working from home applying to those in the sporting world as well, I will be running an online collaboration session based on design thinking and design sprints.
It will be for a limited number of people but it will be an hour-long session where I will bring people through a workshop that will facilitate team members to collectively work together to identify issues, create potential solutions and select solutions with an action plan to get them implemented and tested.
If you are interested, just reply to this email. I am thinking of running this on Wednesday.
It’s no surprise that coronavirus dominates the news cycle in the world of sports this week. I have decided to add all the stories I found this week as I think people will be looking for content to consume during the partial lock down of the world.
Most stories are coronavirus related but there are a number of other stories as well and I have tried to include as many of those as possible!
The sports lock down has been a great boon for the world of eSports. More people are playing than ever before with Verizon noting a 75% uptake in the number of gaming usage on its network.
Sports like F1 and Major League Rugby have launched virtual iterations of their sports in order to meet fan expectations of being able to watch the sports that they love.
The F1 is particularly interesting as it will include a number of actual F1 drivers, eSports stars and maybe other stars and celebrities.
I watched an event run last week that combined Twitch stars like Australias Benjamin Daly who has 481,000 subscribers on Youtube and a further 10,000 on Twtich, McClaren driver Lando Norris and Real Madrid and Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
It was an excellent watch and it was great to see Benjamin and Lando fight it out on the track and discuss their battle after the race.
The first race will be this Sunday at 8pm GMT and will be a virtual Grand Prix from Bahrain.
It is an exciting time to be in the world of eSports as I would expect sports teams around the world to jump into the world of eSports as it provides them a great hedge for situations like this.
There are a lot of benefits of having an esports team as an existing sports team but this is an entirely new one.
Sports leagues like the NFL, NBA and NHL are opening access for free to fans so they can enjoy archive games, highlights, interviews and other content on their platform.
Another reason why sports teams and leagues should have their own OTT service to provide content to their fans that they crave now more than ever.
Have a great esporting weekend and remember to stay safe and wash those hands!