Friday, January 14, 2022

By: Sport Industry Group

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has teamed up with technology provider Newdin Contents to announce the launch of a Virtual Baseball World Cup.

As part of the agreement, the WBSC will use Newdin’s state-of-the art ‘Strikezon’ technology at venues around the world as the virtual field of play.

The format, rules and dates of the inaugural global virtual baseball tournament are currently under development and will be revealed at a later stage.

In December 2020, the WBSC approved the inclusion of esports and virtual versions of baseball and softball among its official disciplines.

“The WBSC is proud to partner with Newdin and their leading ‘Strikezon’ baseball screen technology,” said WBSC Executive Director Michael Schmidt.

“The launch of the WBSC’s new virtual World Cup platform alongside an innovation leader like Newdin will ensure the successful execution of the WBSC’s forward-looking digital strategy that aims to further globalise our sport and connect it with new audiences beyond our traditional game – helping to secure our sport’s future as the world becomes more digital.”

Newdin, based in Seoul, South Korea, creates digital, virtual and augmented reality sports simulation experiences as leisure products for the entertainment sector.

Newdin Contents CEO Jinpyo Hong added, “Newdin is proud to cooperate with the WBSC, which is contributing to the development of world baseball. We look forward to the development of a new form of sports culture through the WBSC's new virtual World Cup platform.”

Image credit: WBSC