Imagine Sports Inc., a leading online multiplayer sports gaming company, has announced a deal with MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, to bring officially-licensed content to its award-winning, online baseball simulation game, Diamond Mind Online. The agreement grants Imagine Sports the rights to include Major League Baseball league and team logos, data, player names, and images in its innovative online baseball game, making Diamond Mind Online the most authentic baseball multi-player simulation game available. As part of the deal, MLBAM will also promote Diamond Mind Online on the homepage of MLB.com's popular fantasy section.
"Our mission has always been to bring our customers the most authentic, realistic, and fun baseball experience possible," said Dayne Myers, founder and CEO of Imagine Sports. "With this relationship with MLBAM, we're adding even more realism and features to the game for our growing fan base of baseball and online gaming enthusiasts."
"Imagine Sports shares our passion and deep understanding of the game of baseball," said Kenny Gersh, SVP of Business Development of MLB Advanced Media. "Baseball simulation game-players demand statistical accuracy, and Imagine Sports' unparalleled technology and commitment to authenticity made it a natural fit for expanding our brand into the online multi-player simulation market."
The deal adds significantly to the large list of features in Diamond Mind Online, which allows game-players to compete like a real baseball general manager, including drafting players, setting lineups and making trades. With this relationship with MLBAM, game-players will be able to utilize all of these features with over 3,500 current and historical MLB players. Utilizing a game engine developed and refined over the course of 20 years by renowned baseball statistics expert Tom Tippett, today Diamond Mind Online is widely regarded as the most sophisticated and accurate baseball simulation game available.
In celebration of the partnership, Imagine Sports will be offering all fans free trials of Diamond Mind Online® on their website at: www.imaginesports.com. In the free trial, fans will be able to choose from 24 historical teams like the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, as well as current teams from baseball's modern era.
Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football and The Biz of Basketball (The Biz of Hockey will be launching shortly). He is also a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.
He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.