VNYE 2021: Virtual New Year’s event to have esports component

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For as long as anyone alive can remember, thousands of people have crowded into New York’s Times Square every December 31. They come to watch the famous ball drop at One Times Square and ring in the New Year.

In 2020, though, cramming that many people together in one spot would be foolishly irresponsible. Because COVID-19. Because of this new reality, the event’s organizers announced back in September that the festivities would move online. They have dubbed this year’s event VNYE 2021, with that acronym standing for “Virtual New Year’s Eve”.

What does it mean? Well, it means that we’ll all have to observe the whole thing on a screen from the safety of our own homes. Which, let’s face it, is how most of us experience it every year anyway.

There’s an app for that!

Because it’s happening in 2020—the year that saw competitive video gaming explode, thanks in large part to the coronavirus—VNYE will feature an esports component.

For that, Jamestown LP (the real-estate company that owns One Times Square) has partnered with esports web platform Ultimate Gamer.

From December 19, 2020, to January 3, 2021, Ultimate Gamer will host a variety of VNYE streams. Naturally, there’s an app for that. According to a description on the Ultimate Gamer YouTube channel, fans should expect to see some of the biggest names in gaming an esports.

The likes of Misfits Gaming and Team Furia; gaming personalities including HipHopGamer and Jobless Gamer; and NBA2K content creators HankDaTank, BreeZe, ColeTheMan, and Hollywood will all be featured on the streams, although exactly what they will be doing is yet to be revealed.

But wait—that’s not all. Maybe you just want to check out the New Year’s Eve event without the esports angle. Well, there’s an app for that, too—one that includes augmented-reality features that let you choose between different viewpoints in Times Square and check out virtual concerts.

Find out how you can participate in VNYE 2021 on the official website.

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