The result is NHL 2004 Rebuilt, a patched version of a game first released in 2003.The graphics are, by today s standards, woefully outdated, but the mod is surprisingly modern otherwise.We had very nice little community going for a year or two, said Trent.For the past couple of years, I have been reverse engineering the compiled game code for my program called 04 Launcher.'A gigabyte of patchesInstalling NHL 04 Rebuilt takes a while.Russians play a mod that converts the entire game to include Russian Kontinental Hockey League KHL teams.
FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. are in talks to merge, according to a person familiar with the matter, a potential deal that would result in a single firm controlling more than 95% of the embattled daily fantasy sports industry.The companies valuations each topped $1 billion last year when they were raising money amid a frantic effort to gain market share through giant advertising buys and billions in prize money.In daily fantasy, people draft virtual teams of professional athletes in daily and weekly online contests in which they compete against each other based on the athletes real-world performances.The companies agreed in March to bar New York residents from playing as part of a settlement with the attorney general s office, which was trying to force the companies to stop accepting money from New Yorkers and pay restitution to contestants who lost money playing on the sites.Otherwise, the companies paid contests will remain closed to New Yorkers until an appeals hearing in September.Investors in New York-based FanDuel include private-equity firm KKR & Co.; Google Capital, the internet company s growth-equity fund; and Comcast Corp. Boston-based DraftKings raised roughly half of its money from media companies and sports leagues including Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Madison Square Garden.
Twitter is based one town over from the Golden State Warriors, so maybe it s not surprising that the social network is trying to build a superteam of live sports streams.Twitter has signed a deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media MLBAM to livestream MLB and NHL games on its service.And the social network is also getting its own version of SportsCenter.But people won t be able to watch their hometown teams; Twitter will only air out-of-market games.People in certain countries outside of the U.S. will also be able to watch MLB games.The games will carry some of the ads that air during games regular TV broadcasts, but Twitter and MLBAM — the league s video tech arm that owns the digital rights for MLB and NHL games — will also team up to sell a not-yet-decided percentage of the ads that will only air during the Twitter livestreams and will share the revenue from those ads.
Twitter is stepping up its game when it comes to live streaming sports footage online.The San Francisco tech company said Monday that it was teaming up with Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League to stream out-of-market games once per week.Twitter also partnered with 120 Sports to broadcast a nightly show that includes highlights and comments from experts about multiple sports.The deal is among a string of live video streaming partnerships Twitter has been striking with sports leagues and media outlets this year.The National Basketball Association announced last week that more live programming and video such as a weekly pre-game show will be streamed on Twitter.Pac-12 Networks and the National Football League have also teamed up with Twitter to live stream games.Earlier this month, Twitter users got a sneak peek of what this new experience could look like with the company s coverage of Wimbledon.These partnerships also come as Twitter is trying to attract more users and highlight its place among social media companies.The tech firm rolled out a new marketing campaign Monday to show that it s more than just a place to connect with friends and family members.Starting today, we re taking steps to express what we re for and what we ve always been.
Twitter is expanding its live sports plans, with weekly, livestreamed games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.The livestreams will be available for free to out-of-market viewers, whether they re logged into Twitter or not.Twitter is also announcing a new nightly sports highlights show called The Rally, produced by mobile video company 120 Sports.The Rally and NHL games will be available in the United States; MLB games will be available worldwide, with exceptions for select international territories.Twitter says it will be selling ads to go with this programming, which is enabled by a new partnership between Twitter and MLB Advanced Media.Twitter has long been a great partner and platform for both baseball and hockey fans as they follow their favorite teams and players every day, said Kenny Gersh, MLBAM s executive vice president of business, in the partnership release.
Twitter is not the first place people think to watch sports.But the company is in a hurry to change that.Best known as a site for posting 140-character messages, Twitter Inc. today announced another pair of deals with professional leagues to live-stream games and behind-the-scenes content.At a time to be determined later, according to the official announcement, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League will bring out-of-network games to Twitter.With this, the social media company has deals to live-stream games from three of the four major professional leagues.Earlier this year, Twitter agreed to pay $10 million a year for the rights to stream 10 NFL Thursday night games in 2016.Last week Twitter announced a deal with the NBA to stream behind-the-scenes videos, highlights and original shows.The growing sports strategy is in an effort to change how people think about using Twitter, and how advertisers think of reaching those people.
Twitter has announced plans to start showing Major League Baseball MLB and National Hockey League NHL games to logged in or logged out users.The social network said it will be delivering a single MLB and NHL stream for free each week providing you're not in a local market that has broadcast rights for each game for users in the US.International fans will have to make do with just MLB games.In addition to streaming the games, Twitter's also roping in 120 Sports to stream a nightly show called 'The Rally', which will provide highlights from a number of different sports and tap into Twitter's data to add other "interactive elements".This show will only be available in the US.The move follows a deal to bring NFL games to the social network in April this year.
Twitter has announced a new deal that s good news for hockey and baseball fans — starting soon, the social network will livestream out-of-market NHL and MLB games, while a new show from 120 Sports called The Rally will stream as an exclusive nightly show for highlights.According to Twitter, this new deal is made possible through its partnership with MLBAM; anyone in the United States will be able to watch the livestreamed games, including those who aren t logged into a Twitter account.The out-of-market games will be livestreamed one time per week it isn t clear whether it will be one game per league per week or simply one game total per week .In addition to streaming free for U.S. users, the MLB games in particular will also be made available to anyone around the world excluding certain international territories.The Rally, meanwhile, will be made available exclusively to U.S. users.The Rally is a first for Twitter, and will apparently be streamed every night with coverage of multiple sports, though which ones weren t specified.
Twitter Inc. forecast third-quarter revenue that fell short of analysts estimates, a sign it s struggling to win more advertising dollars as user growth stagnates.Twitter is working to make its service more appealing to a wider group of people after several quarters of stagnant user growth.Without a larger audience, the company may struggle to significantly increase advertiser spending.To combat that, Twitter is trying to create another purpose for its site: streaming live events.That way, the company can draw from advertisers video budgets -- often larger checks they normally write to sites like YouTube and Hulu -- instead of competing so directly with Facebook Inc.The company has done several streaming deals.This week it said it would stream games for Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.Earlier this year, Twitter paid $10 million for the rights to stream National Football League games on Thursday nights.
Since its reinvention 10 years ago, EA s annual NHL games have been entertaining that competitors have long ceased any attempts to usurp its mantle as the go-to hockey franchise.Players skate with a little more fluidity than before, a result of trimming framerates, according to EA.Hitting is entirely satisfying, as it should be, and more emphatic goal celebrations are a welcome sight for instilling some emotion into the game.These changes, while generally a good thing, have also led to small, but noticeable issues.Moreover, it became evident the change curtailed more flamboyant and acrobatic saves.AI teammates and opponents will tussle this way on their own, so it s not something that needs manual control on every possession in the offensive zone.
The app—which will contain only video, photos and tweets curated by the company—arrives on time for Twitter Inc. s pivotal live-streaming debut of Thursday night football.By making live broadcasts available on a bigger screen, Twitter s TV apps could help address whether people would want to tune into hourslong games from the National Football League or Major League Baseball on a five-inch smartphone screen.It can also encourage people who have yet to find a reason to use Twitter at a time when the company is trying to revive user growth.Twitter has made live-streaming the linchpin of a business strategy to turn itself into a prime place to watch video.It has signed a raft of deals to stream broadcasts from partners that include the NFL, MLB, the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Pac-12 Networks for sports, and Bloomberg News and Cheddar for financial news.Its $10 million deal with the NFL to broadcast 10 Thursday games is the highest-profile score of the bunch, with sponsorship packages commanding as much as $8 million.
Improving on an annual sports game franchise is tough, especially when it s got a solid base from the previous year.EA Canada, the team behind NHL 17 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One , certainly put in work on various modes and gameplay systems.So why doesn t 17 feel like the must-own replacement for 16?It s not improved enough, even though it s still pretty good.The big additional modes this year are Draft Champions and World Cup of Hockey.Draft Champions follows the model established in Madden last year, allowing players to quickly draft a team to play a few games and earn rewards for the returning Hockey Ultimate Team mode.
After a stellar 2015 regular season that saw the team win 47 games, NHL 17 has predicted that the Nashville Predators will hoist the famous Stanley Cup next spring.During the regular season, the game s simulation predicts that the Predators will rack up 110 points, winning the Western Conference over the Dallas Stars and last year s Stanley Cup finalists, the San Jose Sharks.The Montreal Canadiens — predicted to finish second in the Eastern Conference and well above last year s champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins — will meet the Predators in the finals.Their hopes of a Cup will be destroyed by Nashville in six games, with Filip Forsberg scoring an astounding 26 points over the course of the postseason.Individual player awards favor the Edmonton Oilers 19-year-old captain and budding superstar Connor McDavid.The 2015 first-overall draft pick is predicted to win the Hart Memorial and Art Ross trophies awarded to the league s most valuable player and leading point-scorer, respectively as well as the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented to NHL s outstanding player as selected by the members of the NHL Players Association.
It s time for hockey season, news related to which I must cover because of the circumstances of my birth Canada .So I will tell you that the NHL has a new slate of digital offerings for fans of the ice-based sport, including a new NHL.TV tvOS app for the latest generation Apple TV which debuted during the pre-season .Also new this season is Arena, a new app created by streaming partner BAMTech which is designed to supplement the in-person experience at games in the venues of 12 participating NHL teams.This is the first full season during which MLB spinoff BAMTech is the streaming provider, and digital product provider for the NHL.BAMTech emerged as an early powerhouse in digital streaming, powering everything from live sports to the standalone HBO Now subscription streaming app.They re the standard-bearer in the industry, especially when it comes to managing the kind of scale of viewership only live sports can attract.
When I think of hockey, the first thing that comes to mind is… California?So now put yourself in the ice skates of the marketing team for the San Jose Sharks.In a non-traditional hockey market like California, how can they connect with fans and encourage them to purchase and renew season tickets?It certainly helps to partner with the likes of Fans Agency to run a series of Facebook ads, including carousel, link and videos.Here s more about this effort from a recent Facebook Business story:Using knowledge gained from past campaigns about which types of images performed best, the team used action shots for each of its ads.
Reuters — After tussling for years to win customers, the two biggest U.S. companies in fantasy sports, DraftKings and FanDuel, said on Friday they are teaming up in a merger that will cut down on legal bills and advertising spending.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.In earlier funding rounds before regulators such as New York s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman cracked down on the industry, the companies had each been valued at over $1 billion.Fantasy sports have surged in popularity as websites have made it easier to create fictional teams of athletes from sports leagues, and to monitor their statistics competitively.Daily fantasy sports, a turbocharged version of the season-long game, has boomed over the past decade, creating a multibillion dollar industry.Players draft teams in games played in just one evening, which has enabled fans to spend money on the contests with a frequency that critics say is akin to sports betting.The deal will be structured as a merger of equals with DraftKings chief executive and founder, Jason Robins, taking the CEO post, and Nigel Eccles, FanDuel s CEO, becoming chairman.Each company will receive three board seats and there will be one independent director.A tie-up could reduce legal costs for the two companies, which have had to defend themselves as well as lobby for legislation to make the games legal in several states that have declared them illegal gambling operations.The announcement comes a few weeks after the companies $12 million settlement over false advertising claims with the New York Attorney General.The agreement will help the combined company accelerate its path to profitability, the companies said in a statement.The deal is also expected to lower advertising budgets.Both have spent aggressively on TV and online in the past few years as they battled for market share against each other.The merger, which is subject to regulatory approval, is likely to attract the attention of antitrust authorities since it will combine two market leaders.FanDuel s CEO Eccles told Reuters last year that he had heard investors compare a potential deal to the 2008 merger between Sirius and XM Radio, when two unprofitable upstarts merged to create No.1 satellite radio provider Sirius XM Radio Inc SIRI.O .High-profile investors have so far backed both companies, including Fox Sports, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, KKR & Co LP, Raine Group, Google Capital and the venture arms of Time Warner Inc and Comcast Corp.
According to a Activate s recent Tech & Media Outlook for 2017, annual revenue for eSports is projected to exceed $5 billion by 2020.For comparison, that s more than the National Hockey League s NHL $3.7 billion in average revenue and the $4.8 billion from the National Basketball Association NBA .eSports events are filling existing sports stadiums, including KeyArena in Seattle, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and SAP Center in San Jose.These are arenas that house professional sports teams like the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings.Tens of thousands of people and arenas dedicated to eSports are starting to pop up everywhere.While the entrance of eSports into the mainstream – including broadcasts on large media networks such as ESPN, TBS and Yahoo!
In early 2016, Apple struck a deal to put the iPad Pro in dugouts throughout Major League Baseball.Now, Apple wants to put the iPad on ice—no, not like that.TSN, Canada s version of ESPN, is reporting that Apple and the National Hockey League are in late-stage negotiations to bring the iPad to the league s 30 teams—31 by 2017.One aim behind the deal is to equalize the use of technology for each team.An unnamed source told TSN that currently, the more affluent teams have iPads for use in their facilities, while others don t. The deal is about having a consistent platform that every team can use in every rink, the source said.There s still a chance the deal can fall apart—as one apparently did with the National Basketball Association.