LiveHive Systems Inc.

LiveHive Systems Inc.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

April 17, 2008 14:00 ET

LiveHive, and Ford Canada Team Up for Interactive Playoff Experience

New NanoGaming™ features launch around Raptors playoff telecasts

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - LiveHive Systems™, a pioneer in interactive television, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE) to feature a unique interactive experience on designed to complement the NBA's Toronto Raptors 2008 playoff game telecasts.

Coinciding with the start of the Raptors first round playoff series against the Orlando Magic starting on Sunday, April 20th, users can play Raptors Shot Caller presented by Ford. On their computer, they go to and click on the Shot Caller game banner or they go directly to the game at This free, interactive online experience includes popular NanoGaming features such as real-time game predictions, basketball trivia, and instant recall challenges.

Viewers play along on their computers while watching the game on television, accumulating points in the hopes of being named that game's overall winner. Prizes, such as autographed Raptors jerseys and playoff tickets are eligible for those who register and play. The user with highest single-game score will win a grand prize.

"The Toronto Raptors organization is at the forefront when it comes to digital media and with Shot Caller they're continuing to set the pace," said Robert Riopelle, Co-Founder and Vice President, Business Development, LiveHive Systems.

"Our first ventures into NBA basketball and NHL hockey were very successful, and now we are thrilled to build on that. We are also introducing some new features with the Raptors that will bring fans closer to the action than ever before."

The Raptors are the second NBA team to introduce an interactive element to the game with LiveHive's NanoGaming-powered technology. Last month, the Philadelphia 76ers teamed up with LiveHive to introduce a similar online experience to accompany the 76ers game telecasts. In January, LiveHive rolled out an interactive contest during Toronto Maple Leafs regional telecasts on Leafs TV. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Leafs TV are also owned by MLSE.

"We want to further engage our fans in the Raptors' playoff experience and this partnership with LiveHive allows us to do just that," said Chris Hebb, Senior Vice President of Broadcast & Content, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. "It is a lot of fun and free to play. We think that it will bring Raptors fans from across Canada even closer together."

The Raptors Shot Caller presented by Ford marks the first live release of LiveHive's most recent version of NanoGaming. It will also include such features as fan polling, group play, enhanced chat, and a new version of the Facebook application:

- Polling: Questions are posed for users (eg. "Who do you think would win a game of one-on-one between Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard"?) The answers are accumulated and the results posted.

- Group Play: Players can invite friends to play along with them so that the group can have its very own competition and Leader Board.

- Chat: Sponsors, teams and broadcasters can participate by chatting to viewers via NanoGaming's enhanced live Chat function.

- Facebook: Players can download a Facebook application and see how they are performing as compared to their friends listed on Facebook and broadcast their success after each game in their personal newsfeed.

LiveHive previously brought its NanoGaming technology to football, baseball, NASCAR, Mixed Martial Arts, and reality TV.

About LiveHive Systems Inc.

LiveHive Systems is the developer of NanoGaming, the number one choice in Interactive Entertainment Solutions for television broadcasters seeking to bring interactivity to their broadcasts. NanoGaming enhances the breadth and value of their advertising portfolio to sponsors. Only LiveHive provides a completely outsourced, turnkey solution that includes enterprise-class software, integration, game development, joint marketing campaigns, and event management. Over the past 12 months, hundreds of thousands of television viewers have played at least one of the many NanoGaming-powered games being deployed by such networks as Turner, ESPN, NBC and Global Television. With NanoGaming, viewers have interacted with reality TV, football, baseball, hockey, basketball, NASCAR, amateur sports, and more. LiveHive Systems is based in Waterloo, Ontario, which was recently named the world's top intelligent community by the New York-based Intelligent Communities Forum. For more information, visit

About Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. owns and operates the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, the NBA's Toronto Raptors, the AHL's Toronto Marlies, Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, specialty sports television networks Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV, and websites and It also owns the Air Canada Centre, one of North America's premier sports and entertainment venues, and manages and operates BMO Field and Ricoh Coliseum.

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