STRAT-O-MATIC BASEBALL ONLINE LAUNCHES BRAND
NEW LIVE DRAFT
New Draft Comes At Same Time As Release Of 2013 Season
GLEN HEAD, N.Y., March 6, 2014 – Strat-O-Matic has launched a new Live Draft feature in conjunction with the release of its new 2013 game for Strat-O-Matic Baseball Online.
The new Live Draft, a highly customizable feature, was designed “to help make the league draft experience more fun and interactive,” according to Strat-O-Matic Founder & CEO Hal Richman.
Some of the notable Live Draft features and capabilities include: conversing real-time in a private league chat room with integrated pick alerts, customizing draft pick turn duration anywhere from 45-150 seconds long, the ability to view any player’s Strat-O-Matic card easily, new robust search and filter options, a position count grid that makes it easier to target scarce positions, and tracking league mate’s rosters and overall pick history.
The new Live Draft also features various salary cap draft choices, including an option to set the cap at $999 million, in effect, an uncapped league.
Previously, Strat-O-Matic Baseball Online required gamers to fill out a draft card with a list of preferred players, which would be taken into account during the league’s Auto List Draft. Now gamers have the option of choosing between the Live Draft and an improved version of the Auto List Draft. In the improved Auto List Draft, a new quick-draft option has been added that enables gamers to fill out their entire draft card with a simple click of a button, then make any last-minute changes before the card is submitted for the formal Auto List Draft.
Strat-O-Matic Baseball Online was first launched on Strat-O-Matic’s website in June of 2012, after being hosted on SportingNews.com under the same name for the previous 10 years. SOM Baseball Online is a fantasy-style online game that puts users in the shoes of both a Major League Manager and General Manager, while using Strat-O-Matic ratings and data to simulate results. After drafting a 25-man roster, gamers can regularly update their roster, lineup, pitching rotation and in-game managerial preferences as three games are simulated each night.
For more information on Strat-O-Matic Baseball Online or to sign up for a league, please visit: http://onlinegames.strat-o-matic.com/.
Strat-O-Matic was invented by 11-year-old Hal Richman in his bedroom in Great Neck, NY in 1948 as a result of his frustration with the statistical randomness of other baseball board games. He discovered the statistical predictability of dice would give his game the realism he craved. Over the next decade he perfected the game at summer camp and then as a student at Bucknell University. After producing All-Star sets in 1961 and ‘62, he parlayed a $5,000 loan from his father (and made a deal that if it didn’t work out he would work for his father’s insurance company) into the original 1962 Strat-O-Matic Baseball season game. Needless to say, Hal never had to take a job with his father.
Strat-O-Matic, based in Glen Head, NY and on the Internet at www.strat-o-matic.com, manufactures the top selling sports board games and is the leading producer of realism/stats sports digital games. The Company publishes baseball, football, basketball and hockey games to play both on and off your computer and mobile screens. “Strat-O” games are known throughout the sports community for their statistical realism and accuracy. The Company has the world’s greatest sports game stat libraries with top-of-the-line seasons dating back to the early 1900’s. Recently, the Company released Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues, the first sports simulation game to accurately reflect more than 100 Negro League players who never had the chance to show their skills in the major leagues. In June of 2012, two Strat-O-Matic Fanatics set a Guinness World Record by playing continuous games of the Strat-O-Baseball board game for 61 hours and 2 minutes, demonstrating the extreme playability and ultimate enjoyment of Strat-O-Matic games.
The Company has a loyal celebrity following including a bevy of sportscasters and sports journalists such as Bob Costas, Buzz Bissinger, Jon Miller, former MLB’ers Keith Hernandez, Doug Glanville, Cal Ripken; and sports super fans including Bryant Gumbel, Tim Robbins, Drew Carey and Spike Lee. More information is available at: www.strat-o-matic.com.
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