THE official mobile game of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has been re-launched on the Google Play store, changing its name to Philippine Slam while adding more features for basketball fans.
Formerly known as PBA Slam, the game developed by Ranida Games, has been rebranded recently after the app was suspended from Google Play for alleged copyright infringement filed by the Professional Bowling Association (PBA), which claimed it also has trademark registration over other countries such as the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Japan, and Korea.
But the game has returned recently with better features for Pinoy basketball fans to enjoy.
“We approached the situation as carefully as we can as we’re not just trying to re-instate the game app. We’re also careful not to drag the league into the issue,” said Walter Manalo, managing partner and head of business development of Ranida Games.
Manalo said one of the major updates of the game was the inclusion of Campaign Mode. Under the new mode, a player can use his favorite team as he tries to win the three conferences of the league and an additional tournament billed the Ranida Cup.
“Campaign Mode allows players to use their favorite team and try to win the championship and grand slam trophy. We gave each team their separate trophy rooms so players can easily track their team’s achievements in-game,” says Ben Banta, head of games and managing partner of Ranida Games.
Banta added the introduction of the Campaign Mode has increased the game’s player retention to 41 percent.
The game is also No. 1 top free sport games, No. 2 in top free games, and No. 5 in top overall app on Google Play.
The game will also be available soon on iOS as Ranida Games has bigger plans for the game.
“iOS update with campaign mode is high on the priority list. A PC version for the E-sport tournament is currently under development. Another PC version for Arcade Box is also being planned. We’ll be joining the E-Sport & Gaming Summit this coming October and fans can expect even more contests on our Facebook Fan Page,” Manalo said.