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Kings Crowned World’s Most Tech-Savvy Sports Team, Next-Gen App Boosts Fan Experience


Congrats to our clients the Kings, who won a #SportsTechy25 award for being the most technologically advanced sports team in the world. We’re honored that app is #BuiltonBuilt! This isn't the first time the Kings have been called out for being tech savvy. It has also been nominated by Fast Company as the 'Most Innovative Company in Sports' as noted on NBA.com.

Here are just a few of the interesting bits of technology they’ve incorporated over the last couple of years:

The Kings’ forward-thinking approach with technology clearly stems from the top, with owner Vivek Ranadivé being credited for digitizing Wall Street with his company, Teknekron Software Systems, in the 1980s. With a focus on first-to-market, the organization was the first NBA franchise to allow Bitcoin payment in 2014 while it recently became the first professional sports franchise to integrate a chatbot into Facebook messenger this past summer. With the ‘Pokémon Go’ craze of 2016, the Kings were, to no surprise, the first team to hold a meetup at its arena, too.

Prior to the 2015-16 season, the Kings live streamed their home opener in virtual reality, becoming the first NBA franchise to independently stream a regular season game using the new technology. They even used the new 360-degree technology to unveil its new jerseys for the current season. Most recently, it opened its new home — the Golden 1 Center — which now includes a dual-mode remote control app combining the team and arena apps in one experience, another first-of-its-kind.

We are honored to be a core part of their technology stack. To offer fans a connected VIP experience, the Kings launched a dual app for both the connected arena and the team powered by Built.io’s digital business suite that helps them seamlessly integrate new technology, provides a highly synchronous platform that also auto-scales, and forms the robust pillar that accommodates more than 30 integrations that are present in the app. To learn more, visit our Sacramento Kings Case Study.

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