Imagine sitting at home on Saturday. It’s raining outside and there’s nothing worth watching on TV. You turn on your PS3 or XBox and continue making your run to the Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears in “Madden ’13“. You throw for 400 yards with Jay Cutler. You snag three interceptions with Charles Tillman. And you run for 200 yards and three touchdowns with Matt Forte.
It’s all a dream come true.
Now imagine running for all those touchdowns as Matt Forte against Matt Forte. Thanks to former Bear Hunter Hillenmeyer and his new endeavor OverDog, that dream scenario will soon become a reality.
Hillenmeyer has created a new app which allows users to play videogames against some of their favorite athletes. Besides “Madden”, users may also compete in “Call of Duty”, “FIFA” and “NBA2K”.
“Fans will receive the challenge through a push notification, through the athlete’s Twitter feed, or whatever other ways they opt to receive this information,” Hillenmeyer told ESPN. “So if Devin Hester issues a challenge in ‘Madden,’ whether you’re a Bears fan or a Miami Hurricanes fan, you’ll want to play Devin, so you’ll accept the challenge, and basically, you’re entering yourself in almost like a lottery for the ability to play Devin in that game.”
OverDog will allow users to challenge athlete at the game of their choosing, or simply accept a challenge from one of the athletes. Besides Forte and Hester, current Bear Charles Tillman is also attached to the project, as well as NFL superstar Calvin Johnson and MLB ace David Price, just to name a few. The list of athletes participating in OverDog continues to grow and ranges from NFL stars to MMA fighters to Olympic gold medalists.
Hillenmeyer is currently using Kickstarter to help raise funds for the project. His goal is to raise $100,000 to help get the beta prototype up and running, which is scheduled for April. Hillenmeyer says the focus will be to then test out the app for a few months and have the finished product delivered to users by August.
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