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NBA partners with YouTube

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and YouTube have announced the launch of the NBA’s first YouTube channel dedicated to fans in sub-Saharan Africa.

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In addition to featuring two live games per week in primetime for the rest of the 2018-19 season, including the Playoffs, Conference Finals, and The Finals. The NBA Africa YouTube channel will celebrate the impact of African players in the NBA.  The channel will also showcase the league’s long history of growing basketball at all levels across the continent and using the game as a platform to inspire and empower African youth.

The first two live game broadcasts on the new channel will take place on Sunday, March 24 and will feature the Charlotte Hornets hosting the Boston Celtics at midnight (CAT), followed by the L.A. Clippers visiting the New York Knicks at 6:00pm (CAT).

The channel will feature original and archived programming, including a collaboration with Africa-based YouTube creators on original content, a customized weekly magazine show, and NBA documentaries featuring current and former African players and legends.

Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, said: “The NBA Africa YouTube channel is yet another important milestone for the NBA in Africa and will allow more fans to access our games, live and on demand, across the continent. As we enter the home stretch of the NBA season and teams fight for playoff positioning, we look forward to bringing the excitement of the NBA to more fans in sub-Saharan Africa while celebrating the NBA’s rich history and bright future in Africa.”

Dayo Olopade, Manager of YouTube Partnerships in Africa, said: “From inception, YouTube has been a hub for fans to catch up on moments and coverage from their favorite sports. We are delighted to be partnering with the NBA to bring the action and inspiration of basketball to our audience in Africa.  We hope NBA fans on the continent enjoy watching the live games and commentaries on YouTube.”

Click here to read about the NBA’s digital presence with YouTube.

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Cyberpunk 2077 coming to Google Stadia

CD Projekt Red has announced Cyberpunk 2077 for Google’s Stadia, the cloud-based gaming platform.

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Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. The game follows the story of V, a hired gun on the rise in a world of cyber-enhanced street warriors, tech-savvy netrunners, and corporate life-hackers. Players will be able to customise their character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where their choices shape the story and the world around them.

Winner of over 100 awards at E3 2018, Cyberpunk 2077 is set in the universe of the classic pen & paper RPG system, Cyberpunk 2020.

Cyberpunk 2077 will release on 16 April 2020 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The Google Stadia version will also launch in 2020, with additional details still to be made available.

For more information regarding the game, visit cyberpunk.net.

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OhShape – VR rhythm game now in Early Access

OhShape is a fast-paced VR game where players have to dodge obstacles following the rhythm of the beat.

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Players perform different poses to go through silhouettes trimmed on walls that come towards them at a rising speed. Players also have to step away, crouch, punch blocks and catch power-ups. With upbeat soundtracks, OhShape tests reflexes and skill while exercising.

In order to reach the best quality, the game designers teamed up with professional choreographers who modeled and performed the movements for each level, achieving a satisfying experience for all kinds of players. OhShape features an initial set of songs, with periodic updates including tracks, themes, and game modes.

OhShape is now available as an Early Access title on Steam and Oculus. This release will be followed up by versions for Oculus Quest and PSVR later this year.

Key Features:

  • Singular gameplay with a mix of kinesthetic movements and music.
  • Soundtracks with all rhythms and styles.
  • Feel the moves of a real dancer.
  • Levels designed by professional choreographers.
  • 3 Difficulty modes per track, suitable for all kinds of players.
  • Global and local leaderboards.
  • Dynamic cardio exercise.

OhShape comes at a reduced price to make it accessible to more players while the final version of the game is expected to come out in the last quarter of 2019.

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