ABS-CBN brings the techno sport “HADO” to the Philippines

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 15, 2019 06:33 PM
ABS-CBN brings the techno sport “HADO” to the Philippines
ABS-CBN officially launched the techno sport Hado.

ABS-CBN officially launched Hado Pilipinas, a first-of-its-kind, dynamic technosport that promises to elevate the pulsating challenge of dodgeball by incorporating augmented reality (AR) into the mix.  

Hado Pilipinas’ entry marks an innovation in Philippine sports from ABS-CBN’s subsidiary, ABS-CBN Themed Experiences, Inc., as the network continues to bring unique Kapamilya experiences in fun, engaging, and interactive themed attractions and activities. 

“This technosport combines physical and digital play in a game that various teams, groups of friends, even families can play and enjoy,” shared ABS-CBN Themed Experiences head Cookie Bartolome. 

Filipinos will enjoy this multiplayer technosport—a distinct activity that combines technology and sports for an innovative experience. Unlike e-games which follows the usual pattern of video gaming that involves mere hand-eye coordination, technosports require physical agility which makes the players exhaust physical energy and sweat. 

Hado is a brand of Augmented Reality (AR) games developed in Japan.

Hado Player versus Player (or Hado PvP) employs the use of a lightweight head-mounted display as the AR interface, and arm-worn devices that enable players to throw energy balls and put up their shields.

Unlike most VR and MOBA games where the interactivity is between player avatars on a digital interface, players here are completely immersed in the game as they make use of actual throwing and dodging motions to play the game properly. 

Up to six players can play Hado PvP per game, with three players per team. The teams have 80 seconds to battle it out inside the Hado PvP Arena, with the winning team decided by who knocks-out more opponents by the end of regulation.

On the other hand, spectators watching also get the same exhilarating experience by watching the AR composite on giant monitors. These allow them to see the CGI energy balls, shields, and overlays for player stats.

Meanwhile, students from the universities and colleges in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) already got a taste of the thrilling new technosport as “Hado Pilipinas” currently goes around each school to introduce the game. 

The winning team at the ongoing Hado Pilipinas NCAA Collegiate Cup 2019 wins an all-expense paid trip to Tokyo, Japan to represent the Philippines in the Hado World Cup 2019 in December, and have a chance to win ¥2 million. 

Interested players can experience the game at the soon-to-open Hado Pilipinas Camp, a training ground opening inside the ABS-CBN Compound in the last quarter of 2019.  

The “Hado Pilipinas” journey, hosted by Vince Velasco and Denice Dinsay, airs on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Sunday, 11:30am, starting August 25. The program can also be viewed on ABS-CBN’s streaming platform iWant. 

For more details, follow @hadopilipinas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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