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Extreme E appoints Telescope as engagement partner

November 18, 2020

Extreme E, the new electric off-road racing series, has appointed Telescope as its Official Audience Engagement Technology Partner, to support its fan engagement initiative – GridPlay.

The partnership will see Telescope delivering unique voting solutions across the Extreme E website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, with similar plans to expand into streaming platform Twitch.

Extreme E recently launched GridPlay, which Telescope will bring to life in 2021. The initiative invites fans to vote for their favourite team and the team with the most votes will be able to choose their spot on the grid. And for those that don’t make the final race, they can ‘gift’ their votes to their preferred opponent. The remainder of the grid is decided by points from the previous races that weekend.

Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer at Extreme E, said: “Telescope has a wealth of experience in the fan voting space having worked on a variety of  high-profile projects including American Idol, NBA and E! People’s Choice Awards. The company has over 18 years experience and I’m delighted they are bringing its expertise to our championship. Extreme E is a youth-focussed sport and we are looking to engage a young audience in our product, so initiatives like fan voting are really important to get people on-board. We are also a digital first proposition as we won’t have spectators on event making it even more important to engage fans through both our website and digital channels .”

Audience engagement specialist, Telescope, works with media businesses and brands to make their content more fan friendly. Using its bespoke suite of digital products and services it builds unique creative solutions to help brands build their long-term engagement strategy.

Kevin Brown, Managing Director at Telescope, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to embrace this incredible new sport. There is nothing like it out there and we’re looking forward to bringing our unique audience engagement technology and insights to what is set to be an exhilarating new race format.”

Extreme E is set to go racing in March 2021 in five locations already affected by the climate crisis. The series aims to use its sport to promote electrification, raise awareness of environmental issues and push for equality.

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