By November 22, 2011

Kasabian vs Darren Bent in real life Xperia PLAY football match

Darren Celebrating (Medium)

Sony Ericsson in partnership with culture brand Umbro and Kasabian bring together front-man Tom Meighan and England star Darren Bent to play against each other in the first ever, real life video game football match.

To celebrate Sony Ericsson’s ever-growing catalogue of football games, the new viral Kasabian Football Gaming Live sees the gaming world collide with reality.

Tom and Darren took two five-a-side football teams to a real life pitch, controlled by wireless headsets and specially programmed Xperia PLAY smartphones to move the players around.

Never before has a live match been played like this. Sony Ericsson transformed the smartphones to have the ability to command the players to strike, tackle, cross, dribble, slide, pass – just like in the video game, but with real-life footballers.

You can see a video of the match below:




Tom Meighan, Kasabian, said: “I wouldn’t have stood a chance playing against a pro-footballer like Darren in real-life, but on the Xperia PLAY it’s a whole different ball game. I think I actually managed to give him a run for his money – never under estimate a musician’s secret football talents!”

Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, chipped in: “It was great fun using the Xperia PLAY to control my players and completely surreal. I never thought in a million years I’d be playing football against a rockstar.”

The track accompanying Kasabian Football Gaming Live is single Re-wired by Kasabian, out now.


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