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.

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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,, flagship title Big Shot Basketball and Howie Mandel mobile game collaboration – 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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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.

Versus System launches in-game rewards platform in China and enters the health sector with ePlay and PredictMedix

Versus Systems Inc. (CSE: VS | OTCQB: VRSSF) has made its name in the gaming world with their proprietary patented in-game prizing and promotions engine. In 2020, the Company has made great progress expanding within streaming, within gaming and also within the wellness sector. A key to the Company’s success to date has been to reward users who view ads, thereby achieving much greater interest from potential customers.

Versus Systems platform allows game publishers and developers to offer in-game and in-app prizing across mobile, console, PC games, and streaming media. Brands pay to place products in-game and gamers compete for those prizes.

Versus Systems enters the wellness market

In August of this year Versus Systems announced their first move into the health and wellness sector with ePlay Digital Inc. ePlay Digital is a mobile game creator and publisher specializing in sports, esports and entertainment augmented reality titles; but they also operate health and wellness applications and platforms. The announcement states that “ePlay’s catalog of health, wellness and personal improvement applications further diversifies Versus’ content offerings for reward partners in video content platforms and lifestyle mobile applications.” The global wellness market is valued at over $4 trillion which certainly gives both ePlay Digital and Versus Systems plenty of revenue potential.

Craig Finster, President and CFO of Versus Systems, commented: “When considering health and wellness platforms, with fitness apps in particular, we are looking at a market size that’s expected to reach approximately $15 billion in the next five years. We examined that growth potential and the opportunities that would bring and realized that scaling our platform into the wellness category is a no-brainer.”

In a further health theme, PredictMedix (CSE: PMED | OTCQB: PMEDF) has agreed to use Versus Systems technology to help reward, motivate, and retain patients in clinical trials. This may include rewarding patients for joining certain trials, as well as to promote compliance in testing medical therapies. A win-win for both companies. These products, for use primarily by Contract Research Organizations (CROs), academic medical centers and those in the clinical trials markets, will enter a market that Fortune Business Insights estimates at US$40 billion annually.


Versus Systems launches OMEN Rewards with HP into the $78 billion revenue Asia Pacific gaming market

In September of this year Versus Systems announced the launch of its patented in-game rewards platform, OMEN Rewards, in China. The platform is pre-installed inside HP’s OMEN Command Center and Pavilion laptops and desktops and is also available in the Windows App Store. This is a massive step for Versus Systems in terms of gaining enormous exposure in a rapid period of time. Looking at the stock price it appears the commercialization is yet to be factored in. Should the OMEN Rewards platform prove popular then the potential revenues for Versus Systems would be very significant. The Asia-Pacific’s gaming market has approximately 1.4 billion gamers that are forecast to generate $78.4 billion in gaming revenues in 2020.

Versus Systems is expanding rapidly as they partner to commercialize their technology globally


Closing remarks

Versus Systems is having a very strong 2020 as they move rapidly to commercialize their technology. Their base business of providing fun rewards for players looks set to take off following 2020 deals with Kast streaming and HP (OMEN Rewards). Added to this, Versus Systems is now moving into the very lucrative wellness sector. One example being fitness apps with ePlay Digital where Versus can offer users rewards/prizes for viewing ads as they already do in other segments.

Versus Systems core concept remains that a viewer is far more likely to view an ad if there is a chance at a prize or reward. Their research shows that 97% of Versus users agree that adding rewards and prizes makes games more fun. Their expansion from the gaming and streaming worlds and into the wellness sector just further expands the potential revenue opportunity.

Versus Systems currently has a market cap of C$40.5M.