Baseball and Softball is played in 198 countries and the WBSC (World Baseball & Softball Confederation) are the governance organisation behind both sports. It was clear that both sports needed a state-of-the-art OTT solution that could distribute events, leagues, competitions and championships to a global audience all year round.
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has been recognised as one of the most improved international federations in terms of governance following the publication of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Fourth Review of International Federation (IF) Governance.
With production partners in place around the world already, Wiistream’s purpose was to create a new state of the art platform to deliver WBSC content worldwide, with specific monetising tools. WBSC will be streaming content from the end of July with more and more live baseball and softball planned for Q4 and in to 2023. Future developments include inter-continental play-offs and Baseball 5 broadcasts.
“Working with the WBSC means we’re delivering content to over two million people on a regular basis. Our technology stack scales smoothly to allow fans and followers to watch live baseball or softball anywhere, anytime. Crucially, Wiistream’s version of gametime.sport allows competitive pricing for all live content”.
– David Johnson, CCO Wiistream
Wiistream have partnered with WBSC to develop, manage and deliver the new GameTime OTT platform which will allow Baseball and Softball fans around the world to watch live and on demand WBSC affiliated events. The first event delivered live on the GameTime platform will be the 2021 U12 Baseball World Cup from Tainan City July 29th to August 7th . All Baseball and Softball World Cups from U-12s to Men and Womens competitions will be live streamed on Gametime.sport as well as other WBSC premier competitions such as Premier 12, Baseball 5 as well as some National Leagues.
Gametime is an extremely user-friendly site to access. All a user must do is register an account at gametime. sport and browse to find the event they want to watch. Currently all events will be pay per view per event or tournament bundles can be purchased. All events can be purchased live or on demand and GameTime will be a one stop shop for all WBSC events going forward.
“Baseball and softball are played around the world all year round, and new and loyal fans of our sport want to watch our game year-round as well,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “That’s why the WBSC is launching a newly upgraded and powerful OTT platform, which will showcase the WBSC World Cup’s live and on-demand content, starting with the upcoming U-12 Baseball World Cup that opens at the end of the month. With this powerful platform, it will always be GameTime for baseball and softball fans around the world.”
– Riccardo Fraccari, WBSC President.