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With the most awaited Covid-delayed Olympics event of Tokyo now underway Social Platform Facebook has decided to help users engage with the event by launching new features including AR effects and games hub.
What will be included in the game’s hub?
Additionally, the hub will convey a sense of context through notes on Olympic history, and highlight posts from your friends.
Get Updates About Games by Following the Hub
For more information, you can check out Facebook’s Olympics hub, or you can click through on the #Olympics or #Tokyo2020 hashtags in the app.
The @olympics and @Tokyo2020 accounts have added AR effects that let you engage with the Games through the effects tabs of their @Tokyo2020 accounts.
As per Facebook
“In one AR effect, fans can attempt to mirror the movements of Miraitowa, the official Olympics mascot, and earn AR medals for their performances. Another effect features the official beat music of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
While the AR effects aren’t spectacular, it’s another way to engage with themed content, which may be of interest to those with gold fever and looking for additional ways to engage.
A new Olympics chatbot has been released by Facebook Over on WhatsApp, supplying updates on the Games schedule, local broadcasts, and medal standings.
“In select countries, fans will have access to highlights from Tokyo 2020, athlete profiles, and interviews throughout the Games via official Olympic broadcasters’ Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts.
This includes NBC Universal in the US, Eurosport for parts of Europe, and beIN in the Middle East and North Africa. In select territories including India, Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Spanish-speaking Latin America, fans can see the day’s highlights from Tokyo on the official Olympics Facebook Page Experience.”
Given the COVID delay and the ongoing pandemic situation in Japan, it’s hard to predict how big the Games will be this year.
Even though events are underway, it still feels as if they could be canceled or if an outbreak could hit the Olympic village, which somewhat dampens interest in the events.
Additionally, there won’t be any fans for the first time which means that if somebody does break a world record, they’ll be met with a few claps from their coaches and then cold silence throughout those huge stadiums.
Perhaps some people are also looking forward to an escape from the ongoing lockdowns and concerns, which could make for a very strange event. Therefore, it might be just right that the Olympics are happening now.
Because of the uncertain nature of the Games, no one can be sure what to expect, but Facebook offers options for getting more information about the Games and ways to engage.