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HypSports Playoffs: 5 things to know about HypSports NHL and NBA Playoffs

1. Sell Your Eliminated NHL and NBA Playoff Players: Don’t keep eliminated players on your roster. These players are marked with an “E” on their headshot. To sell them, head over to your sport, go to ROSTER and then hit “Enter Sell Mode.” Here, you can go to the funnel icon and when you push “More Options” you can filter to show only eliminated players. Sell, sell away! You can use those coins to…

2. Build Your Playoff Roster: Which teams do you think have the most chance to make it to the finals? Use your newly acquired coins to make sure you have key positions for these teams as those early investments may have playoff-long benefits. That is, of course, if you are picking the right teams.

3. Keep Playing H2H and Solo in Playoffs: Gameplay does not stop during the playoffs at HypSports. That means you can keep winning H2H trophies and working to complete the Solo Challenges. You want to keep accumulating rewards and win trophies, because even if you don’t win your Season Showdown this year, your finishing position affects what your Legacy Pack will look like for next season. The better you finish up this season, the better you’ll start off for next.

4. LEGACY PACKS: Play hard through the playoffs! We know you worked hard all year to acquire and build your team, and to strategically win Showdowns, H2Hs and finish Solo Challenges. Each season, returning players receive a Legacy Pack in addition to their Season Starter Pack. Your Legacy Pack is a rebuilding pack with higher-rated players and rewards specifically generated from your past season results, largely based on your final rank and number of trophies. So the better you end this season, the easier you’ll begin next.

5. HypSports Playoff Showdown Schedules:
NHL Hockey:
– 35-40 Playoff Rounds
– Single-Stage and Single-Round
– One series every game day
– Divisional Promotion and Relegation

1 Final Series (Stanley Cup Finals)
– Single-Stage and Multi-Round (4 to 7)
– Series starts and ends with the first and last games of the Stanley Cup

Finals
– Most series standings points wins

NBA Basketball:
– 35-40 Playoff Rounds
– Single-Stage and Single-Round
– One series every game day
– Divisional promotion and relegation

1 Final Series (NBA Finals)
– Single-Stage and Multi-Round (4 to 7)
– Series begins on the first game of the NBA Finals and ends after the last game.
– Most series standings points wins

HypSports Baseball: 5 Things to Know about the New Season

The regular season of MLB is here, and we’re ready for hot dogs, ball caps and the return of HypSports Baseball. What do you need to know about the HypSports Baseball season? Here’s the top 5:

1. Start Strong: Everyone receives a starter pack, and no starter pack is alike. The starter pack you receive is at random. That said, returning players get an additional legacy pack based on their last baseball season’s achievements: trophies, solo challenges, H2H wins. The higher your achievements, the better the legacy player pack.

2. Game Play: Like all sports in HypSports Showdown, baseball will follow the regular season and postseason of MLB, all the way through to the World Series. You are automatically entered into the Season Showdown each week, but real fans know that you need to do more than just show up to win.
The Showdown Format:

3. 13 WEEKLY SERIES (REGULAR SEASON): 1 week series that end on Wed. during the 26-week regular season.
Stage 1: 4 Qualifying Rounds
Stage 2: 2 Knockout Rounds
Stage 3: 1 Champions Round

35 – 40 PLAYOFF ROUNDS (PLAYOFFS)
Single-Stage and Single-Round
One series every game day
Divisional Promotion and Relegation

1 FINAL SERIES (WORLD SERIES)
Single-Stage and Multi-Round (4 to 7)
Series begins on the first game of the World Series and ends after the last game.
Most Series Standings Points Wins

4. H2H and Solo: All the traditional HypSports gaming mechanics are live and active for the MLB season. If you want to organically build your roster, the best ways to do this are to compete in H2H matches and Solo Challenges to win rewards. Use your rewards to buy packs and fill collections to upgrade your roster.

5. Don’t Miss a Good Deal: There are a lot of easy ways to build your team. We give you daily rewards and collectibles that can be traded in for players. The PromoZone always has a promo running that offers reward payouts. And check the store and packs often. We promise good deals on great players and player packs throughout the season, so if you want to get ahead, check in daily to see what’s new.

Sports Talk Live: Inside HypSports Chat

We’re excited to announce a great new feature in HypSports! You’ll now be able to chat with other players in the game. Let’s take a look at how this new feature works:

CHANNELS
There’s a number of unique chat channels you can visit. These individual channels correspond to the different sports we have in HypSports. 
GLOBAL – This chat room allows you talk to any and all players in the game.
PER SPORT – These channels allow you to chat with players that are playing in a particular sport (Basketball, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Soccer or League of Legends).
SEASON SHOWDOWN – In Season Showdown you’ll be able to chat with the other players that are in the current series with you.
H2H LEAGUES – You’ll be able to chat directly with your H2H Leagues opponent

CHATTING
You can find the chat feature towards the bottom of screen in the features where it’s available. To get into the conversation, tap inside the chat bar itself to open up the chat room. Then tap inside the message box at the bottom of the chat room, type your message and tap done. It’s that simple.

SWITCHING ROOMS
If you want to switch to a different chat room, you can do so within any of the chat rooms that you are currently in. Just tap the MENU button in the top left corner of the chat room and you’ll see a menu open up that will allow you to switch to another room.

HIDING CHAT 
You can hide the chat bar in each individual location that it appears.
ALL CHAT BARS
LOBBY CHAT BARS
MAIN MENU CHAT BARS
H2H CHAT BAR
SHOWDOWN CHAT BAR
Just tap on the chat icon next to the chat bar itself and then tap “HIDE CHAT BAR”. If you decide you want to turn it back on no worries, you can do that from the SETTINGS screen in the game. Settings will allow you to turn any of the individual chat rooms ON or OFF.

BLOCKING/REPORTING
You can block or report someone by tapping on their profile picture within the chat room. This will bring up a menu that will allow you to select from the following options.
VIEW PROFILE – Will open up that player’s profile screen.
BLOCK – Will block all chat entries from that player so that you will no longer see them.
REPORT – This will report the player to HypSports Customer Support.

This new chat feature is going to be a great way to talk strategy or trash with all of your HypSports friends. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to chatting with you in the game. See you out there!

About Author Mike Devault
Mike Devault is a Jack-of-all-Trades Producer at HypSports with 17 years of experience in the interactive games industry. Over the years, he’s served as in many roles from QA Tester to Creative Director at companies like EA Sports, Zynga and FanDuel. Mike’s looking forward to competing against you in HypSports.

HYPSPORTS LEAGUE OF LEGENDS – TOP 5 Q&A

HOW DOES IT WORK?

League of Legends (LoL) is an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) where two teams of five players compete to try and destroy each others “home base” (The Nexus). The first team to take out the opposing team’s Nexus wins the game. There are professional teams that compete in leagues all over the world playing League of Legends. In HypSports, you’ll be building a roster of these professional players and teams, and you’ll earn fantasy points based on how well they perform during their gameday matches. It works just like the other sports in HypSports!

WHAT PROFESSIONAL LEAGUES ARE SUPPORTED?

We support the following LoL Leagues and Tournaments:
NALCS – North American League Championship Series
EULCS – European League Championship Series
MSI – Mid-Season Invitational
WORLDS – League of Legends World Championships

NALCS and EULCS make up the majority of the events that you’ll play in LoL with EULCS matches being played from Friday thru Saturday and NALCS matches being played from Saturday thru Sunday. You’ll have Monday through Thursday to get your roster prepped and your lineups set!
The Mid-Season Invitational and World Championships are big tournaments that take place at the midway point of the LoL season and the end of the LoL season respectively. You’ll see an influx of new players and teams during these tournaments.

HOW DO I KNOW WHO IS A GOOD LoL PLAYER?

LoL players have a star rating in HypSports just like in all sports we offer. Their star rating at the beginning of the season is based on their performance from last season. From then on, their performance in the current season will dynamically affect their star ratings. For example, if a player starts out as a two-star player but is having a great scoring season it will drive their star rating up. When looking for a good player to put in your lineup, star ratings are a good first indicator of quality, but you’ll also want to look at their avg FP rating (displayed in their player shield) as well as their performances over the last several matches (to see if they get a lot of playing time).

WHAT ARE THE SCORING CATEGORIES?

The players in your active lineups will score fantasy points as they play in each real-world match. Below is a breakdown of the individual scoring categories for players and teams. You can also find this information in the player details modal/spotlight when their game is live.

SCORING FOR PLAYERS:
KILLS: Your player will earn fantasy points for each opponent he kills in the match.
DEATHS: Your players will receive a negative score each time they are killed in a match.
ASSISTS: Your player will earn fantasy points when they help another teammate kill an opponent.
MINIONS: Your player will earn fantasy points based on how many of the opposing team’s Minions they take out.
>10 KDA: This score is the combined total of your kills and assists, divided by your number of deaths. Your player will receive fantasy points based on how
well they score in this category.
W/L: Your player will earn points for winning a game. Typical LoL matches are made up of multi-game series, so there is usually more than one game per match.

SCORING FOR TEAMS:
W/L: Your team will earn points for winning in a match. Same as for “Players W/L” above but awarded to your team.
FIRST BLOODS: Your team will earn points each game of the match in which they are able to kill the first opponent.
DRAGON KILLS: Your team earns fantasy points for killing one of the opposing team’s Dragons.
BARON KILLS: Just like with Dragons above, your team earns fantasy points for killing one of the opposing team’s Barons.
TOWERS DESTROYED: Towers help defend each team’s Nexus. Your team will earn fantasy points for each one of these they can take out.
KILLS: Your team will earn fantasy points based on the total team kills they can tally up.

HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE LIVE MATCHES?

One of the coolest things about LOL in HypSports is that you can watch the live match stream directly in the game (both web and mobile versions). Once your player’s match goes live, go to the SCOREBOARD screen of any competition they are in. From there you’ll be able to watch all the live action and keep tabs on how your lineups are doing all at the same time. If you are new to LoL you’ll definitely want to give this a try because it’ll help you learn the game and it’s extremely entertaining to watch.

About Author Mike Devault
Mike Devault is a Jack-of-all-Trades Producer at HypSports with 17 years of experience in the interactive games industry. Over the years, he’s served as in many roles from QA Tester to Creative Director at companies like EA Sports, Zynga and FanDuel. Mike’s looking forward to competing against you in HypSports.

HYPSPORTS SOCCER – 5 THINGS TO KNOW

In this blog I’m going to go over the basics of what you can expect with HypSports Soccer since it’ll have some slight differences from other sports. Once you read through the list, I think you’ll agree that they are awesome differences. So let’s get started.

1. THE WORLD’S BEST LEAGUES: Hypsports Soccer is going to include the top 5 leagues in European soccer within a single sport in our game. Whenever any of these leagues have a season match, you’ll be able to enter soccer events in HypSports. That’s over 300 European soccer league fixtures a season! The leagues we will support at launch are:
-The English Premier League
-Spain’s La Liga
-The German Bundesliga
-France’s Ligue 1
-Italy’s Serie A

2. THE WORLD’S BEST PLAYERS: Your lineups in HypSports Soccer will be made up of all of the players across all the teams in all of the leagues mentioned above. That’s over 2000 of the world’s best players for you to pick from. And you can use these players in your lineups to create any dream combination of soccer stars that you can come up with. You wanna put DeGea, Kimmich, Verratti, DeBruyne, Sterling, Messi & Mbappe all in the same Lineup? Go for it!

3. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND EUROPA LEAGUE: To sweeten the pot, we’ve also added support for the Champions League and the Europa League to HypSports Soccer. So what does this mean? It means that you’ll be able to use any of your players from the 5 European leagues listed above that are currently competing in either the Champions League or the Europa League. So say you have Cristiano Ronaldo on your roster. That would be awesome, right? Well, you’ll be able to use him in your lineups whenever he plays a season league fixture with Real Madrid AND when he plays a Champions League match with Real Madrid!

4. ALL THE MODES YOU LOVE: HypSports Soccer will support all of the modes and features you enjoy in the other sports.
H2H Leagues will include single-day events that begin and end every individual matchday. Soccer will work more like how NBA and NHL events do, as opposed to NFL that spans multiple days within a single contest window.
Solo Challenge will include over 200 individual challenges for you to compete in every matchday.
Season Showdown series’ will include daily qualifying rounds Monday thru Friday, followed by a Saturday knockout round and a Sunday Series Final. There will be a two week Season Showdown Playoff and a two week Season Showdown Finals spanning the last four weeks of the European Soccer season schedule.
PromoZone promotions will be included in soccer as well, so make sure to keep an eye out for available promotions and weekly promo codes.

5. IT’S A WORLD CUP YEAR!: We’ll save that for the next blog. 🙂

 

About Author Mike Devault
Mike Devault is a Jack-of-all-Trades Producer at HypSports with 17 years of experience in the interactive games industry. Over the years, he’s served as in many roles from QA Tester to Creative Director at companies like EA Sports, Zynga and FanDuel. Mike’s looking forward to competing against you in HypSports.

NFL Playoffs – Prep Your Roster and Plan Your Victory

With the NFL regular season coming to an end, it’s time to manage your roster to prepare for your playoff run and to see if you can win the Ultimate Showdown Cup.

Once the regular season ends, only 12 of the NFL teams will make the playoffs. The other 20 are eliminated. What do you do with your players from those eliminated teams? You have a couple of choices. You can sell them for coins or you can use them in the Bench to Bronze Collection, if they’re rated 2 stars or below. There is no need to hold onto any players who are eliminated – the 2018 HypSports Football Season will start with a fresh roster.

With your extra coins, you should be thinking about either acquiring new players or leveling up your existing players, and it’s a good idea to focus on players whom you think will go far into the playoffs (think Super Bowl). Probably not the best strategy to be acquiring a bunch of Cleveland players at this point, for example.

Once the playoffs start, you’ll still be able to enter H2H Leagues and Solo Challenges, and the Season Showdown will enter its Playoff phase. During this phase, you will have an opportunity to get promoted to a new division every gameday. This includes Wildcard Saturday, Wildcard Sunday, Divisional Saturday, Divisional Sunday, and Championship Sunday.

Once the Super Bowl teams are decided, the Divisions for the Season Showdown Finals will be locked down, and you’ll have 2 weeks to get your final lineup set and leveled up for the Super Bowl. Your Fantasy Score from the Super Bowl will determine your final Season Showdown ranking – and now is a good time to start thinking about that. Do you like New England? Pittsburgh? Philadelphia? Minnesota? Someone else?

Now is the time to start making your playoff push – good luck!

Jeff Luhr is a Design-gineer (Designer/Engineer) at HypSports with 20 years of experience in the interactive games industry. Over the years, he’s worked in various roles with EA Sports, Zynga and FanDuel. When he’s not playing HypSports, Jeff’s hobbies include fishing and golfing.

Player Uses – Tip of the Week

HypSports players ask great questions. Here’s one that comes up often, and is good practical knowledge, especially for new HypSports gamers. If you’ve got a question you’d like answered, comment below or send us a message.

Player Question: What is the deal with player uses?

Answer: Great question. To answer, let’s start by talking about Head-to-Head Leagues and Solo Challenges since player usage are directly tied to these games, and are not a factor in Season Showdown. As we mentioned in a recent blog, playing H2H and playing Solo are a great way to get more coins and rewards. But H2H and Solo go beyond just getting you more coin for future players, they make your game experience thrilling. They offer more gameplay opportunities for those who love to compete, even if, in the case of a Solo Challenge, it’s only against one’s own ability to know which players to match with which game day achievements.

Why is this all important? Because the player usage stats tell you how many times a specific player can be used PER DAY in H2H and Solo. Once you use the player in one, that is the only time he can be used for H2H and Solo that day. The next day, you can use him again.

New players are often surprised when they get a player card more than once. Picking up multiple player cards can help you complete more Solo challenges faster and knock out H2H competitors on the regular. So having multiple uses of a great player is a good thing!

Your best players are automatically entered into Season Showdown every game day and no uses of those players are consumed for that entry. So if you have 2 uses of a great player that’s in your Showdown lineup you will still have 2 uses of him for use in H2H’s and Solo Challenges.

Now go get you some more rewards, and collect more players. It’s time to get your H2H and Solo games on!

Tip of the Week: Improving Your Roster

Each week, we will take a player’s question and answer it as our Tip of the Week. If you’ve got a question you’d like answered, let us know!

Player Question: How can I improve my roster?

Answer: We get variations on this question all the time. Better players = more fantasy points = better opportunity for success, that’s the simple math that seems to work. Of course, it’s important to remember that HypSports plays your lineup in live events, and it’s a fact that even great players have bad games. Top rated players are no guarantee for success, but let’s face it, they help! So how can you get the best quality depth in your roster?

  • Compete in Solo Competitions and Head-to-Head Leagues: Our top players collect rewards by using all the competitive modes in the game. The Solo and H2H events can earn you big rewards, but you have to play them to win them.
  • Collect Your Daily Rewards: We reward you every two and eight hours with cash, coins, players and collectibles. If you aren’t checking in often to pick up your freebies, then you are missing out on reward opportunities.
  • Collections: Have you been in Collections yet? It’s a fun and easy way to get free players, Player Packs and coins. We give you collectibles with your daily rewards (every 2 and 8 hours), so make sure you are collecting them and redeeming them for players and coins (which you can then spend on players in the store).
  • Sell Players: There’s no reason to hold onto players that will never make your lineup. Sell them back and get resources you can use towards the players you want. You can also trade them in for collectibles.
  • Use Promo Codes: Now that we’ve introduced promo codes into the game, we plan on using them often and in fun ways. Follow us on social media and check in daily to the game. Promo codes only last for a limited time, so it’s up to you to never miss a free player.
  • Invite Your Friends: If you link your account to Facebook, you can invite as many friends as you’d like to play. For each one that downloads the game, you are rewarded with HypSports resources that can be used to buy players.
  • Enter the #FansCompete contest: The contest is weekly. Post your lineup on social media, tag our page and use the #FansCompete hashtag. You’re automatically entered to win the player of your choice. Play every week. And you can win more than once. The winner is random, so everyone who enters is qualified to win.
  • Visit the Store: You can’t expect to always be awarded the players, sometimes it’s wise to use the HypSports resources you’ve been collecting to purchase Player Packs and Free Agents.

And if you don’t have the bandwidth in these busy days to shape your roster over time, we do offer micro-transaction which allow you to purchase the resources needed to improve your roster. These are also available at the store.

Remember, competition is worldwide and the people in your Season Showdown and the ones you face in Head-to-Head matches are strategically picked to be competitive AGAINST YOU. You don’t need to be the best in the world (although we applaud you when you are!) to have fun and beat other HypSports players. In fact, we have players at all levels, so focus on beating the person above you on the leaderboard. If you start there, you’ll always have fun. Good luck and keep playing!

Introducing Collections: Next Level Gaming to Level up Your Lineup

The ultimate fantasy app for gamers has added collections! The newest update from HypSports introduces an additional way for you to collect and upgrade your ultimate roster. While Collections is challenging, it’s also easy-to-learn and a great way to get a better roster and more rewards. We’ve added a new tutorial to our website (Tutorials ), but here’s the lowdown in four easy steps.

How does it work?

Collect your Collectibles. You will receive your free Collectibles when you check into HypSports throughout the day. The free rewards you collect in each sport (available every 2 and 8 hours), now include these special Collectibles.
Visit the Collections section of the game just as you would visit the store Click on the menu bar in each sport. The top option in that menu is now Collections. Go into this section and fill your Collections to receive coins, players and special collectible cards.
Submit your Collectibles and win rewards. Collections can be filled with your Collectibles in a way that is similar to how you edit your lineup. Some Collections offer rewards for your items, and some offer you the opportunity to trade in your lower rated players for other collectibles to be used to upgrade your roster.
Fill the Collection. Push Submit. Receive your reward.

It really is that easy, and best thing of all Collections are additional free rewards! So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this opportunity. Go upgrade your roster!

League of Legends Worlds 2017: Three to Watch

It’s League of Legends Worlds 2017, and it’s an exciting time! Teams around the world come together to duke it out for the World Championship. The first week saw some surprises during the play-in stage and first knock out rounds. Since it’s the best time of the year for LoL fans, I thoughts I’d breakdown some of my favorites for you from the 24-team tournament. Here are my top three teams to watch:

SK Telecom T1

The South Koreans know a little something about success in the esports world. Coming into Worlds 2017 ranking number one in the world, SKT1 is looking to add another notch in their prize belt. Despite a key player Profit leaving to join NiP, the team has remained dominant throughout the season. SKT1 has spent some time to analyzing weaknesses with Top and Jungle and they are my pick to defend their crown this year in China.

Team WE

Some might disagree with me on this one, but I think this China-based squad has what it takes to perform in Worlds. Team WE have performed through adversity with losing 2 out of 5 domestic qualifiers just to reach Worlds. With that said, Team WE have a couple of things going for them, one being that they are impossible to prepare for due to their team selection diversity. I also believe having Worlds being held in China will lift these local fellas up come championship time. It would be foolish not to anticipate a big showing from this team. They will be exciting to follow!

Misfits

I always love a good underdog story, and I believe that story for Worlds 2017 may be the Misfits. This UK-based team does what a lot of teams don’t. With a heavy and exciting proactive approach to matchups, the Misfit team plays the objective in matches better than most teams. The only thing this team lacks is overall experience. I do believe there is a lot to be said for competing internationally in just your first year as a team. I think the Misfits can shock a lot of viewers come the 23rd. Look for them to perform better than expected!

Be sure to tune in to Worlds 2017 and keep HypSports next to you the whole time as some games will be streamed live right in the app!

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
You can reach out to Mike at:
Twitter: @BeardedDReviews
Instagram: beardeddicereviews

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