DigitallyDownloaded.net has signed on to be a major sponsor of one of Australia’s most important dancesport championships. And because of that, we have something amazing to give to our incredible readers!
At the end of September, Sydney will host the Oceania Dancesport Championship. Because I have always wanted to use this platform to champion things that are important to me, and because I am always looking for opportunities to give back to both dancesport and DDNet readers, I have signed the site up to sponsor the video stream of the event.
What this means is that you’ll be able to watch the entire event, from the first rounds right through to the finals, thanks to us! We’ll be setting up a page here where we’ll embed the stream, and you’ll be able to drop in and enjoy the show.
There will be more details to share as we get closer to the event, but it’s a full-day experience, with the first round probably starting at around 9am, Sydney time, and the finals being in the evening, and likely running from around 6pm/7pm through to 9pm/10pm (exact times TBD, but this is the standard window for a dancesport competition). I would recommend that you make time for the finals in particular if you can, but you’ll see some incredible quality dancing throughout the entire show.
Why are we sponsoring an event that has nothing to do with gaming? Well, the success of Welcome to the Ballroom tells me that there is interest in the sport from people who enjoy anime and/or Japanese art. And there’s some self-interest in there. I’m also working on my own dancesport-themed visual novel, as many readers will be aware. Dancesport is a sport that not a lot of people have had exposure to or understand, and it would naturally benefit people who do eventually play my game to have an understanding of what dancesport is, what it looks like, and how competitions work.
Most of all, though, I’m just thrilled to be able to use the DDNet platform to do something like this, and I do hope you all enjoy the event! Think of it as a real-life rhythm game!
Stay tuned for more news as we get closer to September 30!