Trevor Doerksen on ePlay’s Metaverse, and its Boston Common 5k Hybrid Real-Time Race and Virtual Run

In a recent InvestorIntel interview, Chris Thompson spoke with Trevor Doerksen, CEO of ePlay Digital Inc. (CSE: EPY), about ePlay’s three-in-one Fan Freak sports app, and about its Boston Common 5k Hybrid, Real-Time Race Experience and Virtual Run which will be held on November 27, 2021.

In this InvestorIntel interview, which may also be viewed on YouTube (click here to subscribe to the InvestorIntel Channel), Trevor Doerksen introduced ePlay’s sports Metaverse comprised of their augmented reality running app Klocked, sports gaming apps, Fan Freak and Big Shot Basketball, and, Howie Mandel’s mobile game collaboration, Howie’s Games. In addition to having developed games for companies like ESPN, Sony Pictures, Intel, and Time Warner Cable, as well as the FIFA World Cup and others, Trevor told InvestorIntel that ePlay has also developed games’ series in collaboration with 7-time NBA Champion Robert Horry and Olympian Michael Smith in addition to those with comedian and America’s Got Talent’s Howie Mandel.

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About ePlay Digital Inc.

ePlay Digital Inc. is a mobile game creator and publisher specializing in sports, esports and entertainment augmented reality titles, including their new augmented reality running app, Klocked.run, sports gaming app Fan Freak, flagship title, Big Shot Basketball, and their Howie Mandel mobile game collaboration – HowiesGames.com. ePlay is operated by an award-winning team of sports, gaming, and eSports leaders as well as broadcast and digital technology industry experts, software engineers, and athletes who have brought dozens of game titles to market for companies including Time Warner Cable, ESPN, Sony Pictures, AXS TV, Intel, AXN, Fiat, CBS, and others.

ePlay’s wholly-owned subsidiary Mobovivo eSports specializes in augmented reality, mobile game development and mobile eSports streaming.

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Award winning creator and publisher of mobile games puts the ‘e’ on Play

There is an emerging trend of using Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) to enhance the user experience, either in gaming or in entertainment. AR is an enhanced experience in the real world whereas VR is a virtual (digital) world experience.

According to Fortune Business Insights, the global Augmented Reality market size was US$ 2.82 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 65.22 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 48.3%. That’s a very impressive 23x increase over the 8 year forecast period.

Today’s company is an award winning creator and publisher of games (including AR games) that can be used on your mobile phone.

ePlay Digital Inc. (CSE: EPY) (“ePlay”) is a sports, eSports, and AR entertainment mobile games developer and publisher. ePlay has 10+ mobile sports, eSports, and entertainment games already released and several others readying for commercial release. They also have an AR fitness app called Klocked.

Some of ePlay’s game titles include: Howie Go Viral, Outbreak ES, Outbreak Unlimited, Big Swish, SwishAR ES, SwishAR, Big Shot Basketball, Big Shot Swish, Klocked Fitness app and Fan Freak.

ePlay creates and publishes mobile games for sports, eSports & AR entertainment

Source: ePlay investor deck 2021

Market opportunity

The market opportunity for ePlay is enormous. For example, ePlay operates in several markets including: eSports (US$1.1 billion),  mobile games (US$120 billion), mobile advertising (US$107 billion),  sports advertising (US$150 billion) and the US$37.9 billion sports gaming markets.

ePlay’s global market opportunity

Source: ePlay investor deck 2021

Distribution and commercialization of ePlay’s AR mobile games

The key method of distribution used by ePlay is having its games available on the Apple app store and the Android play store. ePlay also has a marketing and distribution deal with one of China’s largest media conglomerates, with an audience of over 100 million viewers.

Partners and investors include comedian, and America’s Got Talent’s, Howie Mandel, social media star and 7-time NBA champ, Robert Horry, and TV host and Sports broadcaster, Lindsay McCormick.

In September ePlay announced the launch of their Klocked Fitness app. By using AR the app makes exercise fun and engaging.

In some recent good news for ePlay, the Company announced that a major update of their Outbreak mobile game featuring Howie Mandel was approved for both the Apple and the Google Stores. Trevor Doerksen, CEO of ePlay Digital, stated: “We are seeking millions of players for the games we created with Howie Mandel and are well on our way with top rated titles like Outbreak.”

ePlay stated in the news release:

“Outbreak is a part of a series of games developed by ePlay and created in partnership with Howie Mandel. Howie’s Games highlights just one of many successful partnerships between ePlay, athletes, celebrities and great brands. Others include Robert Horry, 7-time NBA champion with his mobile game Big Shot Basketball co-created and developed by ePlay. The Klocked partnership was announced earlier this summer with Spartan Racing and more announcements to follow.”

In further good news, ePlay announced on September 30 that Apple has approved ePlay’s Fan Freak app and ePlay wallet. Fan Freak is 3 games-in-one, all of which allow users to earn prizes and points. The three games included in the initial release include Fantasy, Pick-Sheet, and Streak. Games covered by Fan Freak include NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA football.

Closing remarks

ePlay is at a great stage now for investors to consider. This is because the hard work of game development and distribution has been done. Now comes the potential for large revenues if the games achieve popularity and monetization success.

Trading on a market cap of just C$17.75 million leaves ePlay Digital with plenty of potential upside ahead if ePlay’s revenues take off as commercialization of its games progresses in 2021 and beyond.




Darcy Taylor on the gaming technology platform that is driving ‘aggressive growth’ in Leaf Mobile’s revenue

In a recent InvestorIntel Interview, Chris Thompson spoke with Darcy Taylor, CEO of Leaf Mobile Inc. (TSX: LEAF | OTCQB: LEMLF) about Leaf’s portfolio of mobile game apps and the gaming technology platform that is driving ‘its aggressive growth’ in revenue.

In this InvestorIntel video, which may also be viewed on YouTube (click here to subscribe to the InvestorIntel Channel), Darcy said that as a leading developer of free-to-play mobile games, Leaf currently has a portfolio of 10 games which they expect to double by the end of this year. He continued by providing an update on Leaf’s high margin IdleKit technology framework. which they license to professional development studios on a SaaS based model, and at the same time participate in the upsides of the games launched on it in perpetuity. Darcy also provided an update on Leaf’s RuPaul‘s Drag Race Superstar mobile game  and on Leaf’s collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms to bring the five-time Emmy award-winning TV comedy series, The Office, to the mobile game space.

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About Leaf Mobile Inc.

LEAF Mobile Inc. is a leading free-to-play mobile game group, creating engaging games that produce enduring player loyalty. Our studio groups entrepreneurial culture is anchored in creativity, execution, and growth through a diverse portfolio of original and licensed IP mobile games that include: Archer: Danger Phone, Bud Farm Idle Tycoon, Cheech & Chong Bud Farm, The Goldbergs: Back to the 80s, Its Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile, Trailer Park Boys Grea$y Money and the soon to be released, RuPauls Drag Race Superstar.

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Leaf Mobile’s Darcy Taylor on bringing The Office to the Mobile Game Space

In a recent InvestorIntel Interview, Tracy Weslosky speaks with Darcy Taylor, CEO of Leaf Mobile Inc. (TSX: LEAF | OTCQB: LEMLF) about their collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms to bring the five-time Emmy award-winning TV comedy series, The Office, to the mobile game space.

In this InvestorIntel video, which may also be viewed on YouTube (click here to subscribe to the InvestorIntel Channel), Darcy went on to highlight Leaf’s growth trajectory with Leaf now owning three studios and a portfolio of ten games which is expected to double by the end of 2021. He said that Leaf’s revenue continues to grow which will be boosted by the launch of their free-to-play mobile game titled, The Office: Somehow We Manage and RuPaul‘s Drag Race Superstar which will serve an underserved LGBTQ-plus market. Darcy also provided an update on Leaf Mobile’s IdleKit technology framework that can de-risk mobile game launches by allowing game developers to develop games faster and with reduced costs.

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About Leaf Mobile Inc.

LEAF Mobile Inc. is a leading free-to-play mobile game group, creating engaging games that produce enduring player loyalty. Our studio groups entrepreneurial culture is anchored in creativity, execution, and growth through a diverse portfolio of original and licensed IP mobile games that include: Archer: Danger Phone, Bud Farm Idle Tycoon, Cheech & Chong Bud Farm, The Goldbergs: Back to the 80s, Its Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile, Trailer Park Boys Grea$y Money and the soon to be released, RuPauls Drag Race Superstar.

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This presentation may contain“forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and assumptions of management of the Company as of the date made. They are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and other factors that could cause actual events/results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties, including those that the Company does not know about now or that it currently deems immaterial, may also adversely affect the Company’s business or any investment therein.

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LEAF’s subsidiary East Side Games in collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, will soon release a new mobile game called “The Office: Somehow We Manage”

Last week’s loss for Apple (AAPL) is a win for mobile game and app developers. According to a Reuters report on September 11, 2021: “Apple must ease App Store rules, U.S. judge orders……that Apple can no longer bar developers from providing buttons or links in their apps that direct customers to other ways to pay outside of Apple’s own in-app purchase system.” A key part of the Judge’s decision is that Apple must now “allow developers to send their users to other payment systems….But the judge did not require Apple to let app makers use their own in-app payment systems.” Given that Apple charges 15% to 30% for its own in-app payment system the ruling now means game and app developers have a way to bypass these fees, if they choose. This is a big win for the game and app developers.

One such developer has spent the past 2 years rapidly growing their game portfolio and game development studios, and stands to potentially benefit from the ruling.

The Company is Leaf Mobile Inc. (TSX: LEAF | OTCQB: LEMLF) (“LEAF”), a leading free-to-play mobile game group. LEAF’s business is very scalable and operates on a Software as a Service (SaaS) revenue model. The Company’s core is three game development studios – East Side Games (“ESG“), LDRLY Games (pronounced Leaderly), and soon to be potentially finalized Truly Social Games (“TSG”) (Definitive Agreement to acquire signed in June 2021).

The later agreement announcement stated:

“As part of the TSG deal, LEAF will initially acquire 20% of TSG in exchange for an initial investment of up to $3.0 million which will be used by TSG to develop four new game titles with 2 of the titles scheduled for world-wide launch in second half of 2021……The remaining ownership interest will be acquired in up to 2 tranches based on revenue targets as set out in previous acquisition news releases on March 9th, 2021. With achievement of revenue targets, LEAF anticipates that it would generate approximately $60 million in revenue on an annualized basis

Note: The $60 million in revenue is only a forecast and by no means a guarantee.

Leaf Mobile Inc. (LEAF) 3 game studios in Canada

Source: LEAF website

I previously discussed LEAF’s business which includes publishing partnerships with Bigfoot Gaming, Mighty Kingdom Games, TinyRex Games and Game Masons, and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

LEAF’s current portfolio of games includes: Archer: Danger Phone, Bud Farm Idle Tycoon, Cheech & Chong Bud Farm, The Goldbergs: Back to the 80s, It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile, Trailer Park Boys Grea$y Money and the soon to be released RuPaul’s Drag Race Mobile Game.

A few of LEAF’s mobile games – Truly Social Games “Archer: Danger Phonewas nominated for Best Mobile Game at the 2021 Canadian Game Awards

Source: LEAF website

Under a recently announced deal, LEAF’s subsidiary East Side Games Inc. (“ESG”), in collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, will soon release a new mobile game called “The Office: Somehow We Manage”. The game is inspired by the U.S. version of NBC’s The Office, now streaming exclusively on Peacock.

Darcy Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of LEAF, stated:

“The opportunity to bring the five-time Primetime Emmy award-winning TV comedy series The Office to mobile in our trademark idle-game style is an honor for us here at LEAF.”

LEAF reported strong Q2, 2021 results

Announced on August 16, 2021, LEAF’s Q2 revenue was C$22.5M, a 28% increase vs Q2 2020 revenue of C$17.6M. The C$22.5M result follows on from ~C$23M in Q1, putting the Company on track for analyst’s 2021 revenue target of ~C$98M.

Leaf Mobile’s revenues are forecast to grow rapidly from 2021 to 2023

Source: 4-traders Market Screener

Closing remarks

Leaf Mobile Inc. continues to grow their portfolio of game development studios, publisher partnerships, and mobile games at a rapid pace. This is leading to growing revenues that could potentially get a lift with Apple now required to allow game developers to use links to externally and potentially lower fee payment apps.

Leaf Mobile Inc. trades on a current market cap of C$253m and an undemanding PE ratio of 27. LEAF looks to be a very good stock to follow and a strong company in the making.




Trevor Doerksen on ePlay Digital’s partnerships with Howie Mandel and 7-time NBA champ Robert Horry

In a recent InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky speaks with Trevor Doerksen, CEO of ePlay Digital Inc. (CSE: EPY) about ePlay Digital’s recent announcement on the submission of the sports app Fan Freak to App Store.

In this InvestorIntel interview, which may also be viewed on YouTube (click here to subscribe to the InvestorIntel Channel), Trevor went on to say that Fan Freak is a three-in-one sports app which allows users to play daily fantasy, pick sheet, and streak games with the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and more. Highlighting ePlay Digital’s competitive advantages. Trevor touches on the benefits of IP ownership and building partnerships with well-known comedian Howie Mandel and 7-time NBA champ Robert Horry.

To watch the full interview, click here

About ePlay Digital Inc.

ePlay Digital Inc. is a mobile game creator and publisher specializing in sports, esports and entertainment augmented reality titles, including their new augmented reality running app, Klocked.me, flagship title Big Shot Basketball and Howie Mandel mobile game collaboration – HowiesGames.com. ePlay is operated by an award-winning team of sports, gaming and eSports leaders as well as broadcast and digital technology industry experts, software engineers and athletes who have brought dozens of game titles to market for companies including Time Warner Cable, ESPN, Sony Pictures, AXS TV, Intel, AXN, Fiat, CBS, and others.

ePlay’s wholly-owned subsidiary Mobovivo eSports specializes in augmented reality, mobile game development and mobile eSports streaming.

To learn more about ePlay Digital Inc., click here

Disclaimer: ePlay Digital Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.

This interview, which was produced by InvestorIntel Corp. (IIC) does not contain, nor does it purport to contain, a summary of all the material information concerning the “Company” being interviewed. IIC offers no representations or warranties that any of the information contained in this interview is accurate or complete.

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Any projections given are principally intended for use as objectives and are not intended, and should not be taken,  as assurances that the projected results will be obtained by the Company. The assumptions used may not prove to be accurate and a potential decline in the Company’s financial condition or results of operations may negatively impact the value of its securities. Prospective investors are urged to review the Company’s profile on Sedar.com and to carry out independent investigations in order to determine their interest in investing in the Company.

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Pokemon Go meets NBA at ePlay Digital

I remember back when Pokemon Go first came out in 2016. It was quite unique at the time, had massive appeal (downloaded more than 500 million times worldwide within 6 months) and was mortally addictive. What do I mean by mortally addictive? People became so engrossed with the game they were literally walking into harm’s way following the screen on their mobile device as opposed to the actual environment they were in. One unintended consequence (or maybe it was intended) was that it got video gamers off their butts and out into the real world and actually walking around, meeting people and getting a little exercise. For better or for worse, augmented reality (AR) had come of age.

Today AR and VR (virtual reality) are starting to become an almost normal part of everyday. With the pandemic afflicting the world for the last 18+ months, who didn’t want to go for a run on a treadmill that had a screen showing you in a cheery meadow or perhaps a bike ride through some exotic foreign location. Granted those aren’t quite as interactive as things like Pokemon Go but it is a form of AR. That’s where ePlay Digital Inc. (CSE: EPY) and their Klocked offering, which is an augmented reality fitness app and network for races and everyday training, takes things to another level.

The Klocked website proclaims you are “Racing on the Holodeck”, which is a Star Trek reference to a fictional device that uses holograms to create a realistic 3D simulation of a real or imaginary settings, in which participants can freely interact with the environment. The App, using the Augmented Reality Sports Network, tracks your fitness activity using GPS and in real-time visualizes everyday training and racing utilizing advanced 3D augmented reality technology. Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides real-time feedback regarding race placement, personal best progress, and fitness enhancements. Klocked allows spectators and fans to live stream or view on-demand the world’s biggest marathons and races from thousands of Klocked virtual cameras.​ In other words, you can be running around your neighbourhood but your family can watch you competing in the NYC Marathon (or whatever event you want to be in). In your earbuds, you are hearing the cheering fans and the occasional motivational encouragement as well as progress updates. Runners can customize their avatars, share their runs, upload to Strava, and run under the Eiffel Tower or by the London Eye.

Klocked is one of the latest ePlay contributions to the Apple App store and the Google Play Store. The Company has been gaining traction with its suite of offerings from Howie’s games, game titles featuring Howie Mandel, to their flagship title Robert Horry’s Big Shot Basketball where Pokemon Go meets NBA. In fact, for the week ending July 12th ePlay announced that it took 100 days to reach 100,000 downloads and 107 days to reach 125,000 downloads. This acceleration in downloads was being led by their new (at the time) Android title Big Swish, a mini basketball game with a twist but we’ll get to that in a moment.

At present, the Company, as a mobile game creator and publisher specializing in sports, Esports and entertainment augmented reality titles, has the following games available:

However, the value proposition is how best to monetize these games. You can find dozens of publicly traded gaming companies, some of whom get millions or even billions of views. But the trick is converting views or downloads into ARPU or ARPDAU (industry jargon for Average Revenue per User or Daily Active User). ePlay has a slightly different approach to the mobile gaming business with their evolution towards the betting and gambling angle. Big Swish allows you to show off your basketball shooting Skillz and play for real cash with Swish Real Money Gaming. You can challenge people around the world to a shoot-out, with a competition platform complete with leaderboards, trophies, cash or virtual currency prizes.

This evolution continues with the next progression in this strategy, the Fan Freak App. The passing of Bill C-218 by the Canadian Senate grants the legalization of betting on individual sports events in Canada. The Fan Freak App allows users to play daily fantasy, pick sheet, and streak games with NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, and more. But the next level comes from Fan Freak also being interoperable within ePlay’s sports metaverse. In other words, you can potentially start betting on different players within ePlay’s suite of game offerings. Could this be the opening of Pandora’s box? Maybe. But it also could be a huge, and unique, revenue generator.

In the meantime, it will be interesting to see the Q3 quarterly results (albeit Q2 isn’t even out yet) to find out if the Company is able to convert the rapidly growing downloads of its various games into revenue, or ARPU. With roughly 96.5 million shares outstanding after the recently completed acquisition of Holo3D Technologies Inc. for 12 million shares, ePlay Digital has a market cap of just under $15 million based on yesterday’s close of $0.155/share. It shouldn’t take a whole lot of revenue to attract investors into such a small-cap opportunity.