Furthering ESPN’s goal to serve sports fans on every device, ESPN Mobile today announced the launch of its flagship ESPN ScoreCenter app on Windows Phone 7. This is the third major smartphone platform ScoreCenter has been brought to, which first launched on iOS for iPhone/iPod touch and later for Android devices. The app was built in close collaboration with Microsoft to develop an ESPN experience customized for the unique Windows Phone 7 design.
“The success and popularity of our ScoreCenter app is the result of a simple equation: highly customizable personalized content with an intuitive interface,” said Jay Lee, senior director of product development, ESPN Mobile. “Passionate sports fans want scores when they want it, wherever they want it, and it’s our goal to be on every possible mobile screen out there to deliver that content. We’re proud to continue our strong relationship with Microsoft and are confident that fans will be pleased to have ScoreCenter on their Windows Phone 7 devices.”
“Windows Phone 7 is backed by a dynamic developer ecosystem that is creating a variety of quality apps and games, like ESPN ScoreCenter, that take advantage of the phone’s unique features and design,” said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp. “For example, ESPN ScoreCenter for Windows Phone 7 uses the device’s rich panorama experience to offer customers quick, easy access to video, live data play-by-play, game summaries, statistics and real-time scores from sports teams and leagues across the globe,” he continued.
ScoreCenter gives fans one-touch access to scores from hundreds of global leagues and thousands of teams in more than 15 sports (football, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, baseball, golf, cricket, rugby league, rugby union, tennis, auto racing and many college sports). Powered by ESPN’s extensive global scores database, ESPN ScoreCenter allows fans to set personalized favorites and in many cases delivers the fastest and most reliable scores and game details available on mobile platforms.
Since its launch in June 2009, ScoreCenter has been downloaded more than 13 million times across iPhone and Android devices. The launch of push notifications through the iPhone ScoreCenter app helped ESPN Mobile deliver nearly 3.5 billion alerts to fans in 2010, up nearly 300% from 2009. Additionally, ESPN’s mobile Web site — which includes editions optimized for smartphone devices — is the leading mobile Web sports site and was the 8th most-trafficked site on the mobile Web overall in 2010. Last year, it reached more than two-thirds of the users seeking sports on the mobile Web and averaged 12.4 million unique visitors a month, up 37% compared to the previous year.
ScoreCenter for Windows Phone 7 extends ESPN and Microsoft’s strong collaboration serving fans with unique and interactive ways to experience sports content. Most notably in June 2010, the two companies signed a major content distribution deal to deliver ESPN on Xbox LIVE. The service features live events from ESPN3.com, video on demand clips from ESPN.com and more to the Xbox LIVE platform on Xbox 360 consoles.
ESPN ScoreCenter is available in many countries and territories, including: USA, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium (Dutch and French), Botswana, Brazil, C. African Republic, Cameroon, Canada (English and French), Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, French West Indies, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (French and German), Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela.