During the tournament, Smolka made friends with Cooper “Coop” Stevenson, another 9-year-old on the other side of the bracket. They became pals and made it their mission to face each other in the final round. That’s exactly what happened.
In the final round, Smolka faced off with Coop and they didn’t disappoint. Both players exchanged late leads in a thrilling battle. Over 120,000 concurrent viewers saw the event live on Twitch. With no time left on the clock, Smolka blasted a home run to beat Coop and win the tournament.
Content creators Shelfy and Fuzzy commentated the event along with MLB Network’s, Alexa Gatt. According to a press release, “The game was developed by the MLB Games and VR team and is powered by HTC’s Vive Pro VR system, and Alienware computers, giving every participant a premium VR experience. Engine Shop collaborated with MLB on the live production and competition logistics.”
It would be great to see other sports step up and bring fans the same type of opportunities and experiences. Looking at you, NFL.
You can get a full recap of the event here.
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