Four university teams go head-to-head in the HADO League

Categories: Salford Business School

On Sunday 19 May, four university teams - Jade Dragons (the University of Salford), Frog 985 (Manchester Metropolitan University), Northampton Ninjas (Northampton University) and Stafford University - went head-to-head at the prestigious Manchester United Training Facility/

This electrifying event, organised by the University and sponsored by the Salford Red Devils, saw competitors battle it out on court, enhanced by cutting-edge augmented and virtual reality headsets.

The event was a fusion of technology and athleticism, as players manoeuvre through virtual obstacles and challenges, all streamed online (available to watch back here).

Manchester Metropolitan University's Frog 985 team were crowned winners, followed in second place by the University of Salford's Jade Dragons. 


What is HADO?

HADO is the first-ever physical esport in the world using Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Players run freely within real-world arena.

It’s a sport that let’s players stap on head-mounted displays and armband sensors to wield energy balls and shields on a real-world court as if by magic.

HADO is a physical sport so athletes require sportswear right for the competitive action of techno sports.

Devised by Paul Walters, Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Business Management with Sport, the initiative is product of the course's leading industry links. Our close partnerships with sports organisations like Manchester United, Graystone Action Sport, British Gymnastics, UK HADO, Massive, British Cycling at Manchester Velodrome and Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. means we are meeting the needs of global employers and giving our students the best possible real-world learning opportunities. 

For more information about HADO please contact p.a.walters@salford.ac.uk

Take a look at photos from the tournament here...

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