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London - August 13, 2020 – Combine a Super Bowl-winning quarterback with some of the biggest names in the tech industry and you could be looking at the phenomenally lucrative future of sports. Only this time, the biggest winner may be a small Canadian startup that's got their attention. Mentioned in today's commentary includes: The Walt Disney Company /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS -0.64% , Electronic Arts Inc. /zigman2/quotes/206954087/composite EA +0.70% , Microsoft Corporation /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT +1.30% , Amazon.com, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN +0.66% , BlackRock, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207946232/composite BLK -0.65% .
Facedrive (FD.V;FDVRF), a full-scale ESG platform, has already disrupted every tech-heavy segment from ride-sharing and food delivery to COVID contact tracing. Now, it's preparing to jump into the sports arena – and it's got some major firepower behind it.
That firepower includes NFL superstar Russell Wilson and investment vehicles belonging to some of the big names in tech. Or, rather--the biggest names in tech: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai, YouTube founder Chad Hurley.
Here's how it's happening: Facedrive is acquiring an equity interest in a sports celebrity-studded company called Tally Technologies, which is looking revolutionize engagement between major sports leagues, the teams and their fans.
Tally evolved out of TraceMe, a celebrity-studded content app founded by Wilson with early-in investors from the biggest tech companies in the world. That early funding came from Bezos Expeditions, the Amazon CEO's investment vehicle, and from two other investments vehicles attached to the Alibaba and YouTube founders. TraceMe was acquired by Nike last year, but Wilson hedged his bets that Tally would be huge, so he held onto it and then went looking for the right partner to build it out. He could have chosen anyone, but he chose Facedrive, which puts the Canadian ESG tech platform on the radar of some very big names.
Now, because the transaction is a share exchange that will see Facedrive inject $1M in cash in Tally and $2M in Facedrive shares, the biggest names in the tech industry will indirectly become shareholders in one of Canada's most promising ESG tech platforms.
Overnight, it's a new business for Facedrive on multiple fronts. And it makes sense for Tally, too: Tally sees a huge opportunity for a massive gamification platform by partnering with Facedrive, and with Facedrive CEO Sayyan Navratnam on the board, they'll be getting access to lots of new technology and expertise, as well as the potential to bring on new teams and partners.
For Facedrive, it's a major new venture that serves as confirmation that it's tech ecosystem not only works, but it works for all sorts of industries.
For investors interested in both sustainability and the extraordinary growth potential of tech stocks, Facedrive is now a one stop shop for the hottest sectors in this space. And with some of the biggest names coming on board as shareholders through their investment vehicles, the sky could be the limit for this burgeoning startup.
Why Soaring Tech Is the Future of Sports
The tech-heavy NASDAQ just logged its 30th record of the year ... and tech stocks are absolutely killing it. That's because tech has emerged as the future of pretty much every single industry on the planet.
That's what Facedrive has been saying since 2016, and why it's developed an entire tech ecosystem that has tentacles in a huge lineup of industry segments. Now, it's adding sports predictions to the roster in a very big way (think:NFL)(think:NBA)(think:NHL)(think:MLB). And for the sports industry in the middle of a pandemic, tech could be the element that makes or breaks it.
In fact, an entire industry has emerged of its own – the "sports tech industry". Disney (DIS), for example, isn't necessarily a brand that many associate with the sports world. It is mostly known for its film and television dynasty. But thanks to its acquisition of ESPN in February 1996, it has quietly grown to become the de facto leader in sports broadcasting. This status was really drilled into place in 2019 when Disney acquired the Fox network, including Fox's massive sports umbrella.
In addition to its massive media empire, however, Disney also opened up its ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida to major league sports including the NBA and MLS. Though the COVID-19 crisis had pressed pause on major league sports, Disney is helping fans get their fix through its secure and clean sports stadiums.
Electronic Arts (EA) is another company that's been able to see positive gains and retain its customers even as traditional sports leagues were forced to postpone their seasons. That's largely thanks to its EA Sports brand. EA has been at the forefront of the sports video game niche since the 1990s, securing deals with every major sports league to utilize the team names, players and even iconic stadiums to help fans truly emerge themselves in that world.
Fans can participate in practically any sport thanks to the company's numerous titles, including the FIFA, Madden NFL, UFC, MLB, NHL, NBA, and even PGA brands. And within each video game, fans can rediscover their favorite teams and players in an entirely new way. The games often even allow gamers to manage their teams and engage in the 'business' side of things.
The game has changed, and Facedrive and Tally are in a position to pioneer what could prove to be a very popular sports app. Facedrive (FD.V;FDVRF) is essentially acquiring an interest in the future of sports, and it works like this:
Tally is a new tech platform that seeks to do what sports can no longer do on its own: deepen engagement around live events. With eSports already working to "democratize" major sporting events and make them accessible to a massive global audience, Tally is completely changing the game in a different way.
Harnessing the Real Revenue Potential
Gamification and online fan engagement are the key to sports revenue now. And Tally is the premier tech solution for increasing audience engagement during live sporting events.
Tally's technology enables sports teams, venues, and broadcasters to dramatically increase viewer engagement, which has been culled by a pandemic, create new revenue opportunities, and build direct relationships with new and existing customers.
Tally offers a complete, state-of-the-art solution supporting the creation and delivery of partner-branded, free-to-play prediction games for sports fans all around the world.
Robust game authoring and validation
A mobile-first app for fans
Comprehensive analysts for partners
A modular system with a wide range of game formats that is easy to integrate with other apps and eBay to access from multiple devices
Built-in monetization tools with everything from leaderboard prizes, social shares, survey integration, and exclusive sponsor shout-outs to giveaways