Black Knights and Midshipmen can reconnect with old battle buddies and shipmates –- or talk smack to the OpFor — no matter where they are during this weekend’s annual Army-Navy game thanks to a new social media app designed exclusively for sports fans.
Dubbed PlayUp, which launched in October for iOS devices, the app provides public and private chat rooms around virtually every sporting event imaginable. But developers are partnering with Military Traveler — another new app created by a Marine Corps Harrier pilot who bills his base guidebook as “Yelp for iPhones” — to do something special for one of college football’s biggest rivalries.
“Especially with the holiday season upon us, we’re excited to provide a free platform for our armed forces to converse with friends and family miles away over the most popular and universal topic there is – sports,” said Dennis Lee, PlayUp’s U.S. Head of Product Development, in a press release. “Partnering with Military Traveler offers a great opportunity to reach more troops than ever before, and we are looking forward to building off of the Army-Navy football game and continue presenting content to the military as we hit bowl season and the NFL playoffs.”
PlayUp will be creating a “Military Traveler App” room where active and retired military personnel can follow the action in real-time and message about the rivalry.
“During major sporting events, everyone gathers around the TV in the ready room or wardroom to watch the game via satellite,” said Military Traveler creator Marine Capt. Anthony Hatala. “Sports provide a moment of escape from the daily routine while deployed and PlayUp enhances this experience. We’re excited to partner with PlayUp.”