Immersive game of skill transforms how fans watch live baseball telecasts
San Francisco, CA, June 7, 2017 – WinView, Inc. (www.winviewgames.com), the nation’s leading second-screen live TV sports prediction platform, announced today the launch of an interactive baseball prediction game on its multi-sports mobile app. WinView’s baseball game enables users to test their knowledge of the sport as they compete against friends, family and other fans by correctly predicting the results of each at-bat during the live telecast to win cash prizes. WinView Games features live competitions during nationally and regionally televised games every day of the regular season. The free WinView Games app is available on the iOS and Android app stores.
WinView Games converts fans from passive spectators to active participants in an exhilarating, social game of skill where success is determined by one’s understanding of the sport. With its patented and ad-supported gameplay, WinView Games allows users to enter 20-person, one-inning competitions for free, which pays out cash prizes to the top scorers each inning. The contest has two types of live predictions: (1) Statistically driven Safe or Out predictions for the outcome of an at-bat; and (2) Situational Yes or No predictions created and delivered in real time by WinView producers. WinView Games complements how baseball is watched by filling in pauses in action without distracting from gameplay.
“We believe this game will be a ‘home run’ with both casual and hard-core baseball fans who want to test their knowledge and expertise of the sport against family and friends,” said David Lockton, founder and CEO of WinView, Inc. “As fans seek more opportunities to get closer to the action, our new baseball prediction game requires quick decisions during intense game situations and encourages users to share the experience with family and friends who are watching.”
“The changing face of television consumption in the U.S. has made both televised sports and sports leagues realize they need to find new ways to engage the viewer with a deeper, more fun experience,” said Tom Rogers, Executive Chairman of WinView, Inc. “Our immersive live sports prediction platform provides the ideal vehicle, especially when considering the enormous success of two-screen sports in Europe.”
Added Hank Ratner, Co-Chairman of WinView, Inc., “We think there’s a next-big-thing opportunity to replicate Europe’s two-screen success in the U.S. With the launch of our app’s new baseball game, people of all ages and levels of fandom will experience a brand new way to enjoy the game like never before.”
General gameplay for WinView baseball is as follows:
- Users make a prediction of either “SAFE” or “OUT” for each at-bat.
- Once selected, they may also optionally predict how the batter will be “SAFE” or “OUT.”
- For example, will the batter be “SAFE” by SINGLE, DOUBLE/TRIPLE, HOME RUN or WALK? If “OUT” is selected, will it be by FLY OUT, GROUNDOUT, STRIKEOUT, or, if a runner(s) is on base, DOUBLE PLAY?
- Each prediction made has a plus (+) and a minus (-) point value. The (+) indicates how many points received for correct predictions, and the (-) indicates how many points are subtracted for being incorrect.
- Users can make a “Clutch Pick” for a chance to double their points with a correct prediction.
- Before the game and in between innings, producer-generated propositions – separate from at-bats, such as steals and errors – with fixed odds offer the user the opportunity to risk a variable amount of their points by predicting unfolding elements of the game beyond the batter results.
- At the end of each one-inning contest, winners are rewarded with WinCoins, which can be accumulated and redeemed for cash prizes.
- The relative points earned from predicting, for example, an at-bat resulting in a single or ground out, are based on the historic probabilities of all at-bats from official statistics. Player skill comes from recognizing the disparity in those odds based on a specific pitcher and batter or the game’s situation.
The WinView Games app brings together the worlds of live TV sports, mobile apps and games of skill. Fans and fantasy players can have more fun watching sports on TV by interacting with their favorite teams and each other. WinView Games is an ad-supported app that is 100 percent free to play and legal in all 50 states. WinView Games, which now includes baseball, basketball and football, with more to come, are produced in a live studio based upon real-time action during the telecast.
WinView, Inc. recently announced a $12 million Series B funding round with participation from a first-class investor group, including Graham Holdings Company, Discovery Communications, Inc., Ted Leonsis’ Monumental Sports & Entertainment and LionTree Partners. The funding will help WinView, Inc. further develop and market its skill-based mobile app across a range of professional sports, including baseball, basketball and football.
About WinView Inc.
WinView, Inc. is a Silicon Valley and New York based company that is focused on free mobile two-screen synchronized televised sports games for prizes in the U.S. The Company plans to leverage its extensive experience in pioneering real-time interactive television games played on the mobile second screen, its foundational patents and unique business model. The WinView app is an end-to-end two-screen TV synchronization platform for both television programming and commercials. The free skill-based WinView Games app uniquely enhances TV viewing enjoyment and rewards sports fans with prizes as they answer in-game questions while competing with friends in real time during live televised sports. These free games of skill are legal in every state. For more information, please visit www.winviewgames.com.
About WinView Inc.’s Intellectual Property
WinView’s portfolio of 40 foundational patents covers the synchronization of the second-screen with TV broadcasts and commercials and the optimum methods of monetizing sports-based games of skill, among other types of programming content. The WinView platform provides sponsors and advertisers with exclusive access to all the two-screen game participants through sponsorship of the game, in-game videos and incentivized interactive commercials in sports telecasts. The Company plans to expand its service in partnership with the leagues, TV and cellular industries, leveraging its intellectual property to establish a two-screen synchronization standard across the entire TV broadcast and cellular networks, which are industries that rely upon standards to function efficiently at scale.
Media: Andrew Bard, Burson-Marsteller
Business: Whit Clay, Sloane & Company
Corporate: Anthony Giombetti, WinView