SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GameOn, a cloud-based engagement platform for sports fans, today announced a partnership with Time Inc.'s (NYSE: TIME) Sports Illustrated Group to connect users of Slack, the essential team communication platform, with the expert analysis, unrivaled access, and award-winning storytelling only SI can provide during the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. GameOn will also be launching the SI Rio Games Chatbot on Facebook Messenger, Skype, and Telegram during the events, bringing the combined reach of the platform to over 1.3 billion sports fans.
This week, Slack users can add GameOn's SI Rio Games Chatbot to any group conversation across the service. For the first time on Slack, members from different companies and continents will be able to feel as if they're in Rio and be confident that they are up on the very latest results and storylines from the day's events.
"All eyes are on Rio this summer, and the constant cycle of the Games news and highlights made this a perfect time to establish new ways to reach our audience of sports fans where they live," said Patty Hirsch, Vice President and General Manager of Time Inc.'s Sports Illustrated Group. "So much of the pride, passion and glory of the Summer Games experience gets lost in simple scores and medal counts. Our chatbot partnership with GameOn opens up new audiences to the rich storytelling that is a hallmark of SI, without switching apps or dropping what they're doing. The best brand in sports journalism is now the fastest."
"We built our technology platform from the ground up to serve up-to-the-minute video highlights, news, and chat, regardless of device, so that our members can enjoy the best parts of fandom no matter where they are," said Alex Beckman, Founder and CEO of GameOn. "Our extension into chatbots integrating with the world's most popular messaging services means our users have so many more possibilities to expand their huddles and get the most out of the Summer Games. That the folks at SI chose our platform is a tremendous validation of the technology and we're all honored to be a part of this project."
GameOn's SI Chatbot is now available for Slack and Telegram, with Facebook Messenger and Skype support expected later this week. GameOn is available now for free as an Android and iOS application. Learn more at www.getgameonapp.com.
About The Sports Illustrated Group
The Sports Illustrated Group is a portfolio of best-in-class products and platforms devoted to the coverage of sports. The Group reaches more than 60MM combined across its portfolio, which includes the most-read sports magazine, a top 10 sports digital network and franchises such as TheMMQB.com, the FanSided Network, Sports Illustrated Films, the SI Golf Group and Sports Illustrated Kids.
About Time Inc.
Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME) is one of the world's leading media companies, with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple, and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.
About GameOn Technology
GameOn Technology is a mobile engagement platform for sports fans. Accessible via the GameOn mobile app (iOS / Android) and messenger bots (Slack /Facebook / Skype / Telegram), GameOn lets users engage directly with fellow fans around real-time scores, highlights, and news. GameOn provides a turnkey multi-channel engagement presence for content creators such as podcasters, publishers, professional athletes, and broadcasters. Backed by an investment group including Joe Montana, Snoop Dogg, and Gary Payton, GameOn works directly with current and former professional athletes to grow and monetize their personal brands. For more information on GameOn, visit www.getgameonapp.com.
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