Backyard Sports series

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Backyard Sports is an iconic video game franchise that features the Pros as Kids! Players come from the world’s biggest leagues, including the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB). It also features a diverse group of Backyard kids with different personalities that help make the brand both aspirational and relational.

After originally debuting in 1997, the brand is back and better than ever. The franchise is now available as a mobile game form for smartphones and tablets, making them even more accessible for devotees of the original series, as well as casual gamers and sports fans of all ages. An entire roster of new professional sports stars joins the Backyard Sports team and will be enhanced by a vast array of fun in-game power ups and special, never seen before features.

Both MLB star Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and NBA Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry have joined forces with Day 6 Sports Group as the face of the Backyard Sports MLB and NBA lines.

The brand also has a new "physical to digital" interactive component that features a line of innovative "smart sports toys" with the simultaneous goal of motivating kids to lead healthy, active lifestyles while also taking sports gaming to the next level. The toys inspire kids to be active in order to receive in-game boosts and power ups for the new mobile game experience. The more kids play with the tech-enabled sports toys, the more powerful they become in the digital games.

Day6 has partnered with Fingerprint, a leading mobile technology company, to develop the brand’s innovative approach to physical/digital interactivity. The games include a Backyard Sports Network component that allows for safe chat, content sharing, and leaderboards.


About Day 6 Sports Group:

Our mission is to bring the joy of sports and recreation to fans of all ages by delivering opportunities to lead more healthy lifestyles through our portfolio of social, active brands. We create products and experiences that make any day feel like a Saturday (the 6th and most fun day of the week).

The original Backyard Sports was a series of video games released for both consoles and computers. The series was best known for starring kid-sized versions of popular professional sports stars, such as Albert Pujols, Paul Pierce, Barry Bonds, Tim Duncan, Clint Mathis, Kevin Garnett, Tom Brady, Alex Rodriguez, Joe Thornton and Andy Macdonald. The Backyard Sports series is licensed by all the leading professional US sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLS).

The original series included Backyard Baseball, Backyard Basketball, Backyard Football (American football), Backyard Soccer, Backyard Hockey (Ice hockey), and Backyard Skateboarding. In the games, players form a team consisting of Backyard Kids and pro players, which they take through a "Backyard League" season, attempting to become the champions. Players can create their own athletes, starting in Backyard Football (1999). Another aspect of the games is the use of Power-Ups, allowing players to gain "super-abilities." For instance, "Super Dunk" allows a basketball player to make an incredible dunk from nearly anywhere on the court, "Leap Frog" allows a football player to jump over the entire defensive line, and "Ice Cream Truck" causes the other team to be completely distracted for a brief period of time.


History[edit]

The series began in the late 1997, when Humongous Entertainment created their first game, Backyard Baseball. Humongous Games was owned by GT Interactive. Later in the 1990s Infrogrames bought the company, and along with it came all of the game titles. Infrogrames used allowed Humongous Entertainment to expand the series, and they developed more titles such as Backyard Baseball, Backyard Soccer, Backyard Football, Backyard Basketball, Backyard Hockey and Backyard Skateboarding. Following the buyout by Infogrames these titles from the Backyard series have been released in 1998 for game consoles, including: Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 and Wii.

In the games, players select a roster of Backyard kids and pro players, which they take through a "Backyard League" season, attempting to become the champions. Another aspect of the games is the use of Power-Ups, allowing players to gain "super-abilities." For instance, "Super Dunk" allows a basketball player to make an incredible dunk from nearly anywhere on the court, "Leap Frog" allows a football player to jump over the entire defensive line, and "Ice Cream Truck" causes the other team to be completely distracted for a brief period of time.

On 24 July 2013, Epic Gear bought the Backyard Sports franchise from the Atari bankruptcy proceedings [1]

On 11 December 2014, Day 6 Sports Group announced the relaunch of the Backyard Sports series with Backyard Sports NBA Basketball for smartphones and tablets with Golden State Warriors point guard Steven Curry as the cover athlete.

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OFFICIAL Backyard Sports website: https://www.backyardsports.com