BASKETBALL fans will now have a new Filipino-flavored game to play on their smartphones and tablets with the launch of the PBA Slam app.
Walter Manalo, managing partner and head of business development of PBA Slam developer Ranida Games, said the free game app is similar to the NBA Jam video game where the user can play 2-on-2 basketball using their favorite teams in Asia’s first professional league.
The game, an official licensed product of the PBA, is being launched to help increase further the popularity of the local basketball game.
“Aim ng game is to reach the young population. Some of them, hindi na nanonood ng PBA. Now, at their own fingertips, makakalaro sila. Nagkakaroon ng interest sa PBA,” said Manalo, during a simple press luncheon at the Full Belly Restaurant in Sgt. Esguerra, Quezon City.
One of the features of the game is the Taglish commentary.
“As much as possible gusto namin na lumayo sa gameplay yung meron ’yung NBA Jam,” said Ranida Games president and CEO Ben Joseph Banta. “’Yung commentator ’yung isa sa tingin namin na plus sa game. Maririnig mo ’yung mga usual na naririnig natin katulad ng, ‘Sume-sexy sa ere’ and ‘Patay ang butiki.’”
The PBA Slam app was officially launched early Friday, with thousands having already downloaded the game.
“So far, maganda ‘yung feedback ng mga tao,” Manalo said.
NLEX has inked a sponsorship deal with PBA Slam app. In exchange, an NLEX logo is located in the ‘advertisement boards’ in the virtual arena.
“We decided to support this because, one, we want to support our local developers. Two, solve the kids’ boredom especially when travelling at NLEX, and three, the NLEX brand has been very powerful since we started in the PBA D-League and we like to sustain that,” said NLEX assistant coach Allan Gregorio.
Manalo said the game is open to prospective sponsors as he hopes the PBA Slam app will also help the Philippine games development industry and encourage Filipinos to play locally-made games.
“We have been developing games for the US market for 10 years. We tried to penetrate the Philippine market and the PBA is the best way to do it. Kapag Filipinos kasi, they tend to like free foreign games. PBA is a brand already and being a partner with the PBA, may potential,” Manalo said.
The game is available for free on Google Play Store and, soon, on IOS.