- ‘Between the Lines’ offers a unique look at key moments for the Oracle Red Bull Racing team in 2022 and the similarities with poker play strategies
- New series starts with Sergio Perez’ take on his success at last year’s race in Monte Carlo
- Available to watch now with further episodes being released every two weeks
- Monaco Race weekend will also see the launch of PokerStars 2023 Red Spade Pass, offering its community and fans an epic money-can’t-buy experience in Las Vegas later this year
ONCHAN, Isle of Man /PRNewswire/ — As drivers gear up for the Monaco race this weekend, PokerStars is showcasing its commitment to providing their community and racing fans with exciting new content and experiences by launching the first episode as part of a 4-part turbo-charged documentary series, and free and easy routes to win this year’s coveted Red Spade Pass – Vegas edition.
The new, four-part YouTube series ‘Between the Lines’ is a creative YouTube series produced by the world’s most popular online poker site, PokerStars, which highlights the importance of strategy both in motor racing and poker play. It will give fans of both the racing and poker communities insights into the thought processes and crucial real-time decision-making that comes with being at the top of your game.
The series compares strategic and bold moves from key races during the 2022 racing season to nail-biting final table moments from one of the most prestigious live tours in the poker world, the European Poker Tour, to thrill racing and poker audiences alike.
The first episode, Fortune Favours the Brave, features Sergio Perez, who took the chequered flag at the iconic Monaco street circuit in 2022. He speaks about the team’s bold, early decision that led to him winning the most prestigious race in the calendar.
About the race, which has been dubbed a driver’s dream but a strategist’s nightmare, Sergio says, “Monaco really exposes the driver, the team and everyone. You’ve got to be perfect; you cannot make any mistakes… An early aggressive strategy requires you to make a decision before anyone else, [such as] move to a tyre that no-one else is on. It can work for you, or it cannot. You’re taking a big risk.”
Christian Horner, Team Principal and CEO of Oracle Red Bull Racing said, “We loved being part of this content series developed by PokerStars. Strategy sits at the heart of everything that we do here at Oracle Red Bull Racing just as it does at the poker table. The series really drove home the synergies between the two sports.
Christian Horner appears in the Between the Lines series alongside other key members from the championship winning team including Hannah Schmitz, Hugh Bird, and Stephen Knowles, as well as racing analyst Lee McKenzie. PokerStars ambassadors Lex Veldhuis and Sam Grafton and PokerStars champions Hossein Ensan, Giuliano Bendinelli, and Michel Dattani also feature.
In addition, PokerStars will also be launching its 2023 Red Spade Pass that will take people beyond the screen by offering a selection of lucky winners the chance to have an unforgettable experience in Las Vegas later this year.
The four day all-expenses paid trip with PokerStars will allow pass winners to soak up a unique VIP atmosphere, with the package also including accommodation, return flights, and a number of other exclusive activities across the weekend.
The Red Spade Passes will be available to win across the PokerStars universe at different points of the season between May and October, with the first up for grabs via an easy to enter and free to play online casino game, ‘Spin of the Day’, from May 15 – July 10, 2023.
Rebecca McAdam Willetts, Director of Partnerships & PR at PokerStars said, “Developing the Between the Lines series with the support of Oracle Red Bull Racing has given us such a brilliant opportunity to look back at some of the most pivotal moments in one of the teams’ most successful seasons, as well as some of the most exciting moments in our live event history, and really dig into the skills and strategies that can be applied wherever mental dexterity is necessary and competition is fierce. Alongside creating major memories through our Red Spade Pass, we’re looking forward to giving fans additional opportunities to get under the hood this season with even more content, promotions, experiences, and rewards.”
Three more episodes of Between the Lines are set to be launched in the coming weeks, each focusing on a crossover between the two sports: putting adversity in the rear-view mirror, the importance of patience and how staying one step ahead of the competition is critical to securing the win. Look out for further episode drops on June 6, June 20, and July 4.
PokerStars prides itself on providing its community around the world with best-in-class entertainment with poker, casino, and sports betting whilst always ensuring safe and responsible play.
To watch Between the Lines, fans can visit PokerStars YouTube channel:
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About Oracle Red Bull Racing:
Since its inception, Oracle Red Bull Racing has been a major force in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the globe’s premier motorsport category. Founded in 2005 to expand parent company Red Bull’s presence in F1 and to disrupt the status quo within the sport through a bold mix of passion, playfulness, ambition and achievement, Oracle Red Bull Racing has grown to become one of F1’s most successful teams. With multiple Constructors’ and Drivers’ world titles and more than 80 race wins to its credit, Oracle Red Bull Racing continues its pursuit of ultimate performance – as a race team, as a home of champions and as an innovator operating at the cutting edge of technology.
EA SPORTS Madden NFL 24: New Levels of Control & Realism
“Experience enhanced control and realism in EA SPORTS Madden NFL 24, the ultimate football video game on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.”
EA SPORTS Madden NFL 24, the latest installment in the renowned football video game franchise, is now available worldwide. Released on August 18, 2023, Madden NFL 24 introduces game-wide innovations that offer fans an immersive and authentic National Football League (NFL) experience like never before. With enhanced control and realism across Sony PlayStation®5, Microsoft Xbox Series X|S, and PC platforms, players can step into the shoes of an NFL superstar and test their skills on the field.
One of the standout features in Madden NFL 24 is the Evolved FieldSENSE™ Gameplay System. This system brings a new level of realism to the game with thousands of updated tackle animations, catch sequences, and pass types. Additionally, foundational football enhancements have been made to blocking, ball carrier pathfinding, quarterback decision-making, and defensive back behaviors, providing players with an authentic challenge.
The introduction of EA SPORTS SAPIEN Technology takes player animation fidelity to new heights, delivering smoother movement and more realistic-looking bodies. This technology, available on PS5™, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, provides a fresh skeleton for player models, ensuring a heightened level of visual realism.
Fan-favorite modes make a return in Madden NFL 24. Superstar Mode offers a revamped feature set, starting from the NFL Scouting Combine and continuing with weekly mini-games, objectives, and in-game feedback. The all-new Superstar Showdown mode allows for avatar progression in a fast-paced 3v3 format, allowing players to team up with friends.
Franchise Mode has also received updates, including the highly anticipated return of Training Camp and in-season mini-games, as well as new commissioner tools, draft generators, and expanded trade slots, giving players more control over their NFL franchise.
Madden Ultimate Team™ has been enhanced with a new user flow and streamlined experience, making it easier for players to navigate the seven full seasons of content. Madden NFL 24 Mobile Football also returns, providing an authentic NFL experience accessible anytime, anywhere.
For competitive players, the Madden NFL 24 Championship Series (MCS) offers more opportunities to compete, watch, and win a share of the $1.7 million prize pool. The action begins with the Ultimate Kickoff event on August 19, followed by the first MCS competition of the season on September 5-6.
With its game-wide innovations, Madden NFL 24 delivers an unparalleled football gaming experience. Whether you’re a fan of the NFL or a passionate gamer, this latest installment from EA SPORTS is sure to capture your attention and keep you entertained throughout the football season.
The Madden NFL 24 Championship Series (MCS) returns with more opportunities to compete, watch, and win part of the $1.7 million prize pool. The action begins on Saturday, August 19 as players compete in the Ultimate Kickoff. Tune in September 5-6 on Twitch and YouTube to see who will win the first MCS competition of the season and a piece of the $200K prize pool. SIGN-UP HERE and begin your journey to become the next Ultimate Madden Bowl champion. See Official Rules for details.
*Conditions apply. See https://www.ea.com/games/madden-nfl/madden-nfl-24/cross-play for details.
Madden NFL 24is developed in Orlando, Florida and Madrid, Spain by EA Tiburon for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and PC via EA app for Windows, Steam® and Epic Games Store.
Source: EA Sports
Electronic Arts Sets out Vision for EA SPORTS FC™ and Reveals First Look at EA SPORTS FC™ 24 Gameplay
EA SPORTS Unveiled a Trinity of Technologies Including HyperMotionV*, the Introduction of Women’s Football to the Ultimate Team Pitch, and EA SPORTS FC’s First Ever Cover Star Erling Haaland
AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today unveiled its first product under the new EA SPORTS FC™ brand, EA SPORTS FC24, launching worldwide on September 29th, 2023. During a global event in Amsterdam, the cover star was revealed as Manchester City striker, Erling Haaland, who put in a surprise appearance alongside fellow superstars from the World’s Game including Didier Drogba, Luis Figo, Laura Georges, Alex Scott and more. Announcements ranged from detailing three new cutting-edge technologies using real match data to deliver realistic in-game play and bringing men and women’s footballers together onto the same pitch in a world first for Ultimate Team™.
Electronic Arts debuted the EA SPORTS FC 24 gameplay trailer showcasing the ground-breaking realism delivered by HyperMotion V,which uses volumetric data from over 180 professional matches in the men’s and women’s game to deliver revolutionary true-to-football movement and animations.
“EA SPORTS has defined interactive football for 30 years, and now we’re bringing fans closer to the sport they love through EA SPORTS FC,” said Cam Weber, President of EA SPORTS. “This is the next great chapter in our mission to create the future of football with fans everywhere, and it begins with FC 24 delivering incredible authenticity combined with a massive leap in gameplay innovation. Welcome to the Club.”
“This is a massive moment,” David Jackson, VP of Brand, EA SPORTS FC said. “EA SPORTS FC is the world’s biggest football club, with a community of fans that already spans more than 150 million. Through an incredible product and services, globally resonant brand partnerships and investment in community-level football, FC 24 marks the start of our ambition to grow the love of football through our platform. There’s so much more to come.”
EA SPORTS FC™ 24 will be available to play on September 29, 2023 with early access through the Ultimate Edition available as of September 22, 2023. Pre-orders** are now available for EA SPORTS FC™ 24 which will launch on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Fans that pre-order the Ultimate Edition by August 22nd will receive a number of player benefits, including an untradeable UEFA Champions League Ultimate Team™ Hero item in November.
EA SPORTS FC™ 24 – Keynote Headlines
EA SPORTS FC™ 24 Takes In-Game Realism to the Next Level
EA SPORTS has changed the way people play and enjoy football, and new, cutting-edge technologies will see EA SPORTS FC™ 24 deliver unparalleled realism in every match. EA SPORTS FC™ 24 will include:
- HyperMotionV* is our biggest leap forward in realism to-date, translating the rhythm and fluidity of real-world football into The World’s Game using volumetric data from more than 180 professional men’s and women’s football matches that allows us to reflect real-world movement in-game more than ever before.
- PlayStyles optimised by Opta dimensionalises athletes, going beyond overall ratings to bring to life the on-pitch abilities that make players special. Each PlayStyle gives players unique capabilities you’ll see and feel that make their way of playing more authentic.
- An enhanced Frostbite™ Engine delivers The World’s Game in lifelike detail, bringing a new level of immersion through redesigned player models, smoother animations and visibly unique characteristics that make each player special. Kits now move like real-world materials, reacting to a player’s stride, shifting as they change direction, and flowing along with them as they play.
“Our mission is to bring fans even closer to the world’s game, and EA SPORTS FC™ 24 truly is the best iteration yet,” said Nick Wlodyka, SVP & GM of EA SPORTS FC. “Over the last few decades, we’ve witnessed not only a seismic shift in how our community embraces football, but also a major evolution of how they engage and connect with our interactive experiences. EA SPORTS FC 24 leverages new gameplay technologies to build the most realistic expression of the beautiful game we’ve ever created.”
A World-First as Men’s and Women’s Football Comes Together on the Same Pitch
As part of a broader commitment to women’s football, EA SPORTS FC™ 24 will bring men and women’s football together to play on the same pitch for the first time. Players will be able to experience brand-new Ultimate Team™ features, including welcoming women footballers to the pitch for the first time in Ultimate Team™ for players to craft their dream XI.
“Celebrating sport for all is what continues to drive and inspire us,” said Andrea Hopelain, SVP of Brand, EA SPORTS. “That’s why we’re proud to announce the most inclusive and diverse iteration of the game so far. Whether it’s playing with the biggest player pool we’ve ever had in Ultimate Team™ or with new leagues like Liga F and the Google Pixel Frauen-Bundesliga, EA SPORTS is proud to champion the women’s game virtually and physically.”
Introducing the EA SPORTS FC™ 24 Cover Star
At the event, Manchester City and Norway striker, Erling Haaland, was unveiled as the EA SPORTS FC™ 24 cover star. After Haaland’s historic treble-winning season with Manchester City, including the record number of goals scored in a Premier League season, he stood out as the clear choice to herald a new era in EA SPORTS’s long history. EA SPORTS cover stars have always defined the peak of football talent – in real life and in-game – and Haaland’s phenomenal attributes across finishing, positioning and physicality are no exception.
“Every footballer dreams of being the cover star. I am proud to play a major role in the launch of the new era of the world’s leading football game in EA SPORTS FC,” said Erling Haaland. “The first time I held the cover in my hands, my immediate reaction was to think, just imagine if I could show this to myself 10 years ago. I hope that this can also inspire the next generation to believe in themselves to achieve their dreams. It’s an honour not only to be on this cover, but also the Ultimate Edition cover alongside my illustrious peers and legends of the world’s game such as Johan Cruyff, Pelé, Zinédine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Didier Drogba and many more.
An Authentic Football Experience
With authenticity and innovation at its core, EA SPORTS FC™24 showcases the best players from the biggest clubs, leagues, and competitions around the globe – in both the men’s and women’s game.
Having already confirmed that some of the world’s best competitions would feature in EA SPORTS FC™ – including LALIGA EA SPORTS, Bundesliga, Serie A and CONMEBOL Libertadores – EA SPORTS announced an exclusive renewal with UEFA, meaning EA SPORTS FC™ 24 is the only place you can play the iconic UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women’s Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League and UEFA Super Cup.
“It’s an exciting moment,” said Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Marketing Director. “We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with EA SPORTS having both the Men’s and Women’s editions of UEFA club competitions included for players seeking the most authentic gaming experience ever. EA SPORTS FC plays a crucial role in the future of football engagement; we’re delighted to be collaborating on the journey.”
Additionally, EA SPORTS announced an exciting long-term renewal with the Premier League, historically the most popular league in game.
Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Masters said: “EA SPORTS™ are one of the Premier League’s longest-standing partners and together we have inspired generations of football players and fans. We are delighted to be part of EA SPORTS FC™ 24 and look forward to working on more exciting projects together in the years to come.”
Two additional women’s football leagues—the Google Pixel Frauen-Bundesliga and Liga F —are confirmed to feature in EA SPORTS FC™ 24, joining the Barclays Women’s Super League, the D1 Arkema, the National Women’s Soccer League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
EA SPORTS FC™ 24 Founders Status
EA SPORTS announced Founders Status to celebrate the fans who join EA SPORTS FC™ at the start of a new era for The World’s Game. Fans who play EA SPORTS FC™ 24 by 1 November 2023 will become an FC Founder** and unlock benefits including an exclusive Founder badge and kit to represent their status for years to come. In addition, FC Founders will get access to a bunch of great Founders-only benefits throughout EA SPORTS FC™ 24 and beyond. Get ready to unlock the best EA SPORTS FC has to offer with this one-time chance to be there at the beginning and become an FC Founder.
EA Play*** members will receive early access to the game with a 10-hour trial beginning on September 22. EA Play Pro members will enjoy unlimited access to the EA Play Pro Edition** of the game – including Ultimate edition content – starting September 22. Lastly, all EA Play members will unlock additional bonuses for EA SPORTS FC™ 24, with monthly Draft Tokens in Ultimate Team™, seasonal Clubs Rewards, and seasonal VOLTA FOOTBALL™ APPAREL & COINS.
*HyperMotionV technology only available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC versions.
**Conditions & restrictions apply. See https://www.ea.com/games/ea-sports-fc/fc-24/game-offer-and-disclaimers for details.
***Conditions, limitations, and exclusions apply. See EA Play Terms for details.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers.
In fiscal year 2023, EA posted GAAP net revenue of approximately $7.4 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as EA SPORTS FC™, Battlefield™, Apex Legends™, The Sims™, Madden NFL, Need for Speed™, Titanfall™, Plants vs. Zombies™ and F1®. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.
EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS FC, Battlefield, Need for Speed, Apex Legends, The Sims, Titanfall and Plants vs. Zombies are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. John Madden, NFL, and F1 are the property of their respective owners and used with permission.
Source: EA Sports
FanDuel and 97.5 The Fanatic Host Philly FanFest Featuring Performances by Rae Sremmurd and a Surprise Headliner
FanFest will celebrate Philadelphia fans on August 26, 2023 at Xfinity Live.
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — FanDuel Group, the premier sports gaming destination in the United States, and 97.5 The Fanatic, the premier radio station for Philadelphia sports talk, announced today that tickets are available for its Philly FanFest event on Saturday, August 26th at Xfinity Live from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. ET.
FanDuel FanFest 2023 will be a free live event headlined by exclusive musical performances from Platinum selling duo Rae Sremmurd and a special surprise headliner. To attend FanFest, users must opt in to promotion and make a $25+ wager to get a free ticket, which is open to the first 10,000 people. The event will feature unique sports experiences with Philadelphia sports legends Brian Dawkins, Darren Sproles, Scott Hartnell, and more. A moderated Q&A session will be held with athletes and celebrities on site.
“We are excited to bring our FanDuel FanFest event to the great city of Philadelphia,” said Andrew Sneyd, Marketing Executive Vice President. “Between the amazing musical performances, our surprise headline act, and the legendary athletes in attendance, this event will have something for all and is another way for us to do something extraordinary to celebrate our customers and sports betting in the state of Pennsylvania.”
Throughout the day, attendees will also be treated to FanDuel’s Superstar Showdown, where Philly sports legends will compete against each other in various sports challenges and games. Guests will be able to watch these events and predict who they think will win through FanDuel’s Free-2-Play game to win prizes. The event will also feature several other activities for attendees, including local food vendors, a pop-up FanDuel Sports Bar and Lounge, brand activations, trophy photo ops and more.
“97.5 The Fanatic is thrilled to continue our amazing partnership with FanDuel for FanFest’s 10th Anniversary. With all the excitement planned for the day, it will be the biggest celebration dedicated to Philadelphia sports fans that we have ever seen,” said Eric Camille, APD of 97.5.
For more information on this event, and to get tickets, please visit FanDuel.com/FanFest.
About FanDuel Group:
FanDuel Group is an innovative sports-tech entertainment company that is changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams, and leagues. The premier gaming destination in the United States, FanDuel Group consists of a portfolio of leading brands across gaming, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, advance-deposit wagering, and TV/media. FanDuel Group has a presence across all 50 states with approximately 17 million customers and nearly 30 retail locations. The company is based in New York with offices in California, New Jersey, Florida, Oregon, Georgia, Portugal, Romania and Scotland. Its network FanDuel TV and FanDuel+ are broadly distributed on linear cable television and through its relationships with leading direct-to-consumer OTT platforms. FanDuel Group is a subsidiary of Flutter Entertainment plc, the world’s largest sports betting and gaming operator with a portfolio of globally recognized brands and a constituent of the FTSE 100 index of the London Stock Exchange.
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