The nomination follows a year in which the number of pubs subscribing to MatchPint grew beyond 3,000 venues for the first time – with pub companies such as Mitchells and Butlers and Punch among new customers – while the number of unique users visiting the platform exceeded 2m.
MatchPint, which partnered with drinks brands such as Budweiser and Guinness during the 2018 Russia World Cup and Six Nations respectively, will face competition from Sky Sports’ Jeff Bot app, West Ham United’s official app, and Major League Soccer’s mobile app among others when the winner is unveiled on 2 May.
Pub mission vindicated
MatchPint co-founder and chief executive Leo MacLehose commented: “Being recognised by a global sports awards platform such as this brings not just pride in our business but also in our industry.
“We believe the experience of watching sport with friends can’t be beaten for drama, passion, and euphoria – just think back to England’s penalty victory against Colombia in July.
“Our job is to encourage people off their sofa and into pubs where the theatre can be experienced at its best.
“We’re delighted that this nomination suggests the mission is worthwhile, and that the work we’re doing is valuable.”
High standard of competition
Sports Technology Awards Group chief executive Rebecca Hopkins added: “We are in the sixth cycle of the Yahoo Sports Technology Awards and this year’s entries, once again, push the boundaries of innovation across the sector.
“The shortlist highlights front-runners in every area and proves that these awards highlight the industry’s technical progress like no other.
“Every successful brand should be proud to have made it this far given the high standard of competition.
“We look forward to unveiling the winners on 2 May in London."