Tech Stack: Piing’s penalties for Ajax • NCSU’s 6.6M pixels • Inter’s Telepass journey…

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Piing, which organises multiplayer games for stadium-sized crowds, launched the latest version of its penalty shootout experience during a recent Ajax match at the Johan Cruyff ArenA.

The game allows unlimited players to simultaneously take a virtual penalty in real time. It features richer graphics, custom animated avatars to resemble home players, and individual feedback on the success of the penalty. Clubs or partners can capture the data and analytics of fans who play the game by using the Piing content management system.

Over 4,000 fans participated in the penalty shootout at half-time during Ajax’s home match against NEC. The winning players and teams were announced on the big screens around the stadium.

QR codes were displayed around the stadium and on the video screens to direct fans to the game. Players were able to aim their penalties using their touchscreen phones, with the personalisation element allowing their username to appear on the stadium screen as they sign up to play.

Audiovisual systems manufacturer Daktronics has been appointed by North Carolina State University to manufacture and install a new video display at Wayne Day Family Field at Carter-Finley Stadium.

The HDR-capable display will be one of the largest in the Atlantic Coast Conference, spanning more than 7,100 square feet and featuring more than 6.6 million pixels. It will be installed in the spring.

The display will be located in the north end zone of the stadium and will measure around 43 feet high by 166 feet wide. It will be capable of variable content zoning, allowing it to show live video, instant replays, statistics and game information, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.

Corey Williams, Daktronics sales representative, said: “This display is going to be significantly larger than the previous display and will require extensive coordination and engineering to make this project become a reality. We’re extremely proud to partner with NC State and their amazing team of people and look forward to being a part of this landmark installation on campus.”

Telecommunications company Optus has announced a partnership with this year’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Optus will bring its 5G technology to the event, which will take place from March 31 to April 2. Optus will work with event organisers and Supercar team Mobil 1 Optus Racing on a range of activities, including the OPTU5G VR Track Tour.

The tour will give fans the chance to jump in the driver’s seat with former F1 racer and Optus ambassador Daniel Ricciardo to sample a fly-through of the track. The agreement will also leverage in-event and F1 precinct branding and engagement opportunities with a bespoke Optus pit-lane suite.

Italian Serie A football club Inter Milan has entered into a partnership with integrated mobility company Telepass.

The deal names Telepass as Inter’s official mobility platform partner until June 2024. As part of the agreement, Telepass will simplify fans’ journeys to the San Siro on match days through exclusive offers and the promotion of green and sustainable methods of transport.