Xbox inspired court to include a metaverse integration into popular Roblox experience Dunking Simulator
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NEW YORK – August 2nd, 2022 – The New York Liberty in collaboration with Xbox has unveiled the WNBA’s first-ever gaming inspired basketball court for the team’s August 2nd and August 3rd home games versus the Los Angeles Sparks at Barclays Center. The Xbox inspired court is also the WNBA’s first secondary court among current teams.
Fans can also experience the metaverse version of the Xbox-branded Liberty court within the Infinite Canvas’ Dunking Simulator, a leading basketball experience on Roblox. Visitors will be teleported to the special Liberty court within the experience to dunk in style and enjoy special, metaverse-only features advised on by New York-native and 11-year-old sports journalist, Pepper Persley:
- Unlockable pyrotechnics
- Celebratory fireworks
- Interactive fan chants
- Unlockable crowd noise
- Themed particle effects
“At Xbox, we dream big. Collaborating with Roblox and the New York Liberty to bring a basketball court to life, in both the virtual and physical worlds, was audacious to say the least,” said Marcos Waltenberg, Director, Xbox Global Partnerships. “And yet here we are today with the courts for everyone to play on and see. When you combine the imagination of Xbox, the creativity of Roblox, and an amazing team like the Liberty, great ideas do come to life. We hope fans from around the world can enjoy a truly unique moment when they either tune-in to watch the games on August 2 and 3 or play on the court in Infinite Canvas’ Dunk Simulator on Roblox.”
“Our partnership with Xbox is especially meaningful because it’s part of a larger effort to the highlight the power of women in sports and gaming,” said Liberty CEO Keia Clarke. “As we look to grow our game and fanbase, we’re thankful to partners like Xbox for their commitment to supporting women and innovation in sports.”
This summer, as part of Xbox’s ongoing commitment to amplify the representation of women in sports and gaming, the brand also launched programs with the England Senior Women’s Football Team, the France Senior Women’s Football Team, the Atlanta Dream, and talent including Sabrina Ionescu, to inspire the next generation of women gamers and athletes to dream big.
Xbox invited fans who love basketball and gaming to share their dreams via its Power Her Dreams website. For every submission made on the Power Her Dreams site between July 20 and September 30, Microsoft will donate $10 to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation or Girls Who Code: up to a maximum donation of $50,000 per nonprofit.
Fans will also have the opportunity to unlock unique virtual items for their avatars usable across millions of Roblox experiences including:
- A special New York Liberty jersey
- Xbox belt bag
- Xbox Shutter Shades
To access the experience, please visit Dunking Simulator and create an account on Roblox.
To purchase tickets to the August 2nd and August 3rd games, please visit seatgeek.com/nyliberty.
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ABOUT NEW YORK LIBERTY
The New York Liberty was founded on October 30, 1996 and is one of three original franchises remaining in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Liberty have made four WNBA Finals appearances in its 26-year history. Owned by Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, owners of the Brooklyn Nets, the Liberty play its home games at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. For more information, please visit www.nyliberty.com.