NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Your Call Football (YCF), the technology startup behind the groundbreaking play-calling game that’s set to launch in spring 2018, today announced that it has been granted a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Designated No. 9,751,018, the patent addresses the method of fans calling plays in real, live football games.
YCF is completely changing how fans enjoy football by making it a real-time, immersive social experience. When YCF launches in 2018, fans will control the action on the field of a live football game in real time, by voting on a selection of plays chosen by coaches and having those plays executed within the game by professional players. Fans then will accumulate points based on their play-calling skills, and compete among other fans and friends to prove who is a more skilled play-caller. In addition to bragging rights, fans will be competing for cash prizes and perks provided by YCF.
“We are thrilled that Your Call Football’s unique technology has been officially validated – before ever launching – in a space where fan interest continues to surge,” said Julie Meringer, president of Your Call, Inc. “We believe this technology will revolutionize the fan experience, providing fans with an opportunity to evolve from Monday Morning quarterbacking to control of a real, live game – and on a platform where you can measure yourself against anyone else.”
The patent covers the engine that will power the YCF experience, including the method of receiving a set of plays from a coach, voting on plays, determination of a winning play and the implementation – in a real football game – of a play that is chosen virtually.
Available on iOS and Android devices, YCF will offer:
- Innovative, Live, Broadcasted Sports Content. Unique and interactive programming, with a maximum two-hour game length, will make football more appealing to millennial and tech-savvy audiences.
- Audience Engagement. Fans will participate from anywhere -- at home, a bar, or the stadium. YCF will offer live games with interactive competition that are DVR-proof and drive audience participation.
- Social Gaming. A real-time competitive gaming experience, complete with multiple contests for the fans to earn points based on their play-calling skill and compete with friends.
- Quality Football. Two full teams will match up on a weekly basis, bringing professional players and coaches together for competitive football.
As a special advanced look at the future of fan-driven football prior to YCF’s launch next spring, fans will be able to demo the platform for the first time in November at Fenway Park as part of a sponsorship of “Fenway Gridiron Series 2017.”
About Your Call Inc.
Based in Newton, Mass., Your Call Inc. puts fans in control of live games, transforming spectator sports into interactive, social and competitive experiences, a concept originated by industry luminary George F. Colony in 2013. Privately held, the company’s leadership team is comprised of executives from the technology, digital and sports industries. Your Call Inc.'s proprietary, patented technology will deliver a fan-controlled, live sports experience, Your Call Football, in 2018. For more information, visit www.yourcallfootball.com.