After some delay, the online match between Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor seems likely to take place next week. With the clash between two legends of the game, they will hope to raise money for a good cause.
Van Barneveld and Taylor will play against each other via an electronic soft tip board called the Nexus. The darts supplier Target’s board features a built-in webcam and microphone, allowing players to see each other and talk to each other between throws.
However, more cameras are needed so fans can watch the game live. Friday was the first test, with additional (6K) cameras placed around the boards of the former World Champions.
Before a showdown between Barney and The Power takes place, some potential technical obstacles have to be overcome. At the moment you can only challenge players for one leg via the system, while the intention is that the duo will play a match over the best of seven legs.
They have already played 83 official duels against each other, but this will be their first online match. Taylor has often been successful against Van Barneveld in the past. The 16-time world champion has won no less than 61 times, compared to eighteen victories for the latter. They drawn four times.
Tags: Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld
Who wants to see this happen – Phil Taylor vs RvB battling it out on the Nexus board for charity?! Stay tuned for updates.
— Target Darts (@TargetDarts) March 19, 2020
Author: Samuel Gill