Augmented Reality for Sports Apps

crystalpalace fansFootball. Basket Ball. Baseball. Cricket. American Football. Hockey… Sports = People’s Passions.

You may be into Sports for Passion or for Business (or both).

Passion because you were “born” fan of your Club(s). I understand my friends from Mumbai who are Gunners (Arsenal) or ManU even if they never lived in the UK. My passions are harder to understand (I’ll confess them at the end 😉

_41760892_swissfans416Business in Sports is huge: Brands are eager to be associated to Sports, symbol of healthy lifestyle, individual achievement and team spirit.

No wonder TV rights are going through the roof at each new English Premier League auction.

When it comes to sharing the emotion, bragging about belonging to the glorious tribe of winners, or even showing your faithfulness in adversity, how do you express yourself in the Digital space?

In early 2017, Snapchat debuted Selfie Lenses for 13 European Football Clubs. (for strange reasons they did not exactly pick the best 13 but that’s a Pandora box to talk through in the Pub 😊)

These new lenses give fans a dynamic, fun way to get in on the action and show support for their team.

gatoradeSnapchat has set the bar high when it comes to engaging experiences, since they acquired Looksery for 150 M$ and executed well, constantly enriching the Lenses and turning them into Ads, like they did for Gatorade and others (read more in our Blog post).

They certainly “nail” the fan emotion better than the mainstream Sports Apps, which are all about Information (& this data is becoming commoditized by data providers) and brings zero Emotion, like OneFootball for instance.

File 16-02-2017, 10 00 58After yesterday game at Bayern, I can hardly imagine a Gunner posting this, not even Arsène would do that if you ask me 😊

We believe in the power of Augmented Reality and Faces combined to create true scenes where the face of the fan meets with the colors of his/her Club. User Generated Content, We actors of the Tribe of our Club.

A Brand is welcome to the mix. Usually when there is Football, there is Beer, not that athletes drink any. The end result is perhaps something like MoodMe concept for BUDWEISER and the LA LAKERS.Face Tracking

Interesting to see how a California based emotional tech company gets the Football fans emotions way better than any Sports App out there, be it an independent App Company or the Official App of the Clubs themselves.

The opportunity is to bring conversations to the Club’s Apps and therefore integrate such effects into the Apps of the Clubs, like we present in further detail in our Solutions for Sports page.

Now I confess my sins 😀 : I have a Purple Heart (not a US Marines, Anderlecht!) then I’m a Red Devil (Belgique) & sou totalmente Verde Amarelo (Brasil). Every WE & Champions League game, I am Blue Moon Citizen, FC Barça and even Feyenoord as I made it to the Kuip with my Dad when I was a teen…). Then I also love Djokovic because he is the fun coolest & best.

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