The GPA HURLING App, a mobile game for Android and iOS, was released recently to coincide with the National Hurling League final between Cork and Waterford. Fans of rival teams compete against each other in real-time and virtually determine the result of an upcoming GAA fixture.
The official Gaelic Players Association (GPA) Game lets you play the ancient Gaelic Game of Hurling and determine which county wins the next real-life fixture. Flick the hurling sliotar over the bar and your score counts for the GAA team you selected.
Developed under a partnership between Zoodazzle and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), the game uses real-time mobile technology to continuously update team scores and sponsor images within the actual gameplay. These updates are immediately visible on each fan’s smartphone.
According to Ciaran Davies, CEO of Zoodazzle, “We recognised from an early stage the opportunity for our technology within sports sponsorship and as a result developed the SportsCarver platform. Sport sponsorship has become a triangle of association between the team, the sponsors and the fans. Using SportsCarver we developed a game for the fans which is driven by team loyalty and supported by seamlessly integrated sponsor images. Unlike banner ads, sponsors can now connect with fans in the moment not take them out of it. In addition sponsor brand images can be dynamically updated and targeted at fans based on time, location or audience type.”
In the closing stages of the first fixture, almost 2 virtual frees per second were taken by fans. Within a week of its launch, fans had scored over 120,000 times and the game has entered both the iPhone and Google Play charts.
GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell stated that “Our technology partnership with Zoodazzle is opening up exciting opportunities for the association within the digital sport sector. Enabling our partners to engage positively with fans through the GPA Hurling App is furthering our objective of supporting players to be their personal best. Over 10,000 downloads demonstrate the appetite amongst fans for mobile games based around our national sports.”
Choose a GAA team jersey from the two Counties playing in an UPCOMING REAL-LIFE FIXTURE and decide which team wins the hurling match by scoring as many points as you can.
See in real-time your score combined with other fans’ scores. Watch the countdown clock and see in real-time who is winning the competition.
PLAY AGAINST OTHER GAA FANS
The GPA Hurling Game is the first fan-based game where your score determines the winner. This isn’t fantasy league. Instead you decide who wins by playing as often as possible and encouraging your friends to do the same.
There are two modes PRACTICE and COMPETITION. When in competition mode a countdown clock runs until the players actually go head-to-head on the hurling pitch. Support the players by playing this game and then support them on the day by attending the match.
The game is quite good with great graphics and sound so enjoy folks.
About the Gaelic Players Association:
The Gaelic Players Association supports players to be their personal best, advances player welfare, protects their interests and promotes the skills of Gaelic games
Zoodazzle, the company behind the SportsCarver Platform (http://www.sportscarver.com/), specialises in mobile game development software and is based in Dublin, Ireland.
Download this game both on Android and iOS below. Let us know what you think.