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Fans can swing for the fences in a virtual reality Home Run Derby during baseball’s All-Star Game
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Fans can swing for the fences in a virtual reality Home Run Derby during baseball’s All-Star Game

The Home Run Derby is commonly the most fun a part of Main League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game festivities. This yr, followers will get the probability to swing for the fences themselves — in virtual reality — because of a new competitors MLB is placing on.

Fans of all ages attending the GEICO All-Star FanFest or Play Ball Park from Friday by means of Sunday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., can have a probability to qualify for the Home Run Derby VR Championship on Monday.

The highest 32 qualifiers will compete in a bracket-style competitors for the championship starting at 2 p.m. ET on Monday at FanFest. The complete championship occasion can be streamed dwell on a number of platforms, together with Twitch, YouTube, Fb and Mixer.

MLB’s “Home Run Derby VR” recreation was launched in April for HTC Vive and Sony PlayStation VR, in addition to cellular units. The sport options the All-Star ballparks for the years 2017-19 (Marlins Park, Nationals Park and Progressive Discipline).

The profitable slugger will obtain a customized Tiffany & Co. Official Derby trophy in addition to a grand-prize bundle that features 4 tickets to the All-Star Game, a commemorative Louisville Slugger bat, a customized All-Star Game jersey, an official on-field cap for any MLB crew and a one-year subscription to MLB.TV.

Go here for extra particulars.

In the meantime, in the actual contest between skilled house run hitters, sponsor T-Mobile is pledging massive bucks for massive hits. The Bellevue, Wash.-based wi-fi service introduced that each ball hit out of the park on Monday will earn $5,000 for Team Rubicon, a disaster-response group led by army veterans. Comply with the #HatsOff4Heroes hashtag all through All-Star festivities.

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