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Mondia: The technology company partnering with Spain’s top-flight to deliver La Liga Xtra globally

Mobile technology company Mondia group has teamed up with La Liga and become their official technology and commercial partner for the creation of La Liga Xtra, a subscription-based mobile service which will offer exclusive content and experiences to football fans.

Through an agreement with Orange group, the platform will be available in European, African, Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern markets to the operator’s millions of customers in the coming months. This will be the initial roll-out of the service, with Mondia continuing to distribute the offering through their various partnerships across the world.

The La Liga Xtra platform includes exclusive video content, images, articles, infographics as well as upcoming fixtures and in-depth player and team info. Users of the service have the choice to subscribe to a package on either a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

In addition, users can play games such as quizzes, a prediction challenge and La Liga’s fantasy football game, with the option of competing against others.

Interactive experiences are also on offer to La Liga Xtra subscribers, including the chance to speak with a La Liga Ambassador in a live chat.

70 countries are set to host this platform, with more announcements to be made in the coming weeks. The platform will be available on desktop, mobile and tablet devices, hosted within the Orange ecosystem.

Speaking about this launch, Óscar Mayo, La Liga’s Head of Business, Marketing and International Development, told the La Liga Newsletter: “This is an exciting venture between two organisations with an extensive global reach and the desire to build communities of football fans through engaging content and new experiences.”

“We want to entertain fans all week long, not only during the 90 minutes of a match, and we are convinced that LaLiga Xtra will achieve this,” he continued. “Our goal has always been to get closer to fans across the Middle East and Africa to show everything that Spanish football has to offer. We’re excited to continue building these connections by working with Mondia and Orange group.”

Mondia has reached over 1.4 billion global users and counting, previously working with brands such as Disney, Sony, Universal, Nintendo and other prominent telecommunications companies.

In this case, Mondia will organise integrations between La Liga and Orange, developing, managing and maintaining the subscription platform. The company’s digital payment entity, Mondia Pay, will be the official payment partner and will direct payments through direct carrier billing and other cashless options.

“Our partnership with LaLiga is an endorsement of our expertise in creating digital experiences for all. Our ability to create an end-to-end solution including digital payments, is the real value Mondia brings together with our experience in operating in many markets across the globe”, said Paolo Rizzardini, Chief Commercial Officer at the Mondia group.

“LaLiga is a premium content partner with a commitment to delivering exceptional experiences to their audiences, and we are thrilled to help make initiative a reality”, he added.

Leaning on its two decades of experience in similar business deals, Mondia is adapting marketing strategies and promotions based on each market to tap into local nuances and cultures. The Orange group’s contribution will also be noticeable in this area, by assisting with various campaigns both online and offline.

While the new platform will initially be available to Orange group customers, there are plans to expand the reach of the service to multiple telecommunications companies around the globe in the near future. The Spanish top-flight competition and Mondia will also study the data to refine the platform and provide a continually improving user experience over time.

Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Los Angeles FC teams up with Foundation Fighting Blindness to host vision impaired fans

Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC is teaming up with the Foundation Fighting Blindness to host blind and low vision fans at LAFC matches at Banc of California Stadium this season.

Leveraging the team’s partnership with audio technology Mixhalo, fans will have access to crystal-clear, real-time play-by-play in English, featuring the call of ESPN LA’s Dave Denholm and the Spanish audio featuring Armando Aguayo on 980 AM La Mera Mera.

All fans at Banc of California can now use their phone, headphones and the free mobile Mixhalo app to listen to Mixhalo’s high-quality live audio for an immersive experience while watching at the stadium.

As the first-ever MLS team to adopt the technology, LAFC announced its collaboration with Mixhalo in December 2020. With fans now returning to Banc of California Stadium at full capacity, Mixhalo audio will be available to all fans at every LAFC home game throughout the remainder of the 2022 season.

“LAFC matches are for everyone,” LAFC Co-President and CBO Larry Freedman told lafc.com.

“We are constantly focusing on improving our fan experience and making our games more accessible to all. We are proud to welcome fans from the Foundation Fighting Blindness community this season to experience LAFC matches in person through Mixhalo’s incredible technology.”

Guests from the Foundation Fighting Blindness community will attend select LAFC home games and have the opportunity to meet with Denholm and Aguayo before the game.

“We are honoured to be partnering with LAFC in making the games more accessible for our blind and low vision community,” Jason Menzo said to lafc.com, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

“We look forward to the technology rolling out into other stadiums, not only in the United States, but globally.

Mixhalo Head of Sports Doug Holtzman added:

“Mixhalo elevates the live sports experience for everyone, and we’re thrilled that vision impaired LAFC fans can enjoy a better experience at matches this season.”

“With live calls from Dave Denholm directly in your ear – it really doesn’t get much better than that.”

FIFA and EA Sports end 30-year deal

As reported by the New York Times on Wednesday, gaming giant EA Sports and world football governing body FIFA have parted ways.

The partnership dated back to 1993, when FIFA International Soccer was launched for the SEGA Genesis.

Their current partnership was set to expire at the conclusion of the Qatar World Cup, with a new deal aiming to branch out into new areas – including NFTs.

It was reported that EA made a ‘significant offer’ for an eight-year exclusivity deal with FIFA for all of its Esports and gaming rights. However, the deal was knocked back, according to Reuters, as FIFA did not want the rights all with one company.

FIFA 23 will be the last game made in collaboration between the two organisations, set to release in late September this year, worldwide.

The FIFA series was estimated at the start of 2021 to have sold over 325 million units, according to ForbesFIFA 18 is the equal 40th highest selling video game of all time, estimated at 24 million units across all platforms.

FIFA confirmed it would still produce video games with third party developers, while EA will rebrand the FIFA series under the title EA Sports FC. The new series would include licensees such as the Premier League and LaLiga, which at this stage has authentic coverage, as all players are face scanned and the full broadcast packages akin to real life are featured in the game.

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