Wayne Simmonds and Dalano Blanton Team up with PlayStation for Play Has No Limits


New PlayStation video series highlights pro athletes proving Play Has No Limits

PlayStation Canada has launched a new video series supporting PlayStation’s global Play Has No Limits platform. The initial videos in the series developed in partnership with MLSE and Media Molecule will feature Wayne Simmonds from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dalano Banton from the Toronto Raptors. The two video features tell the story of how Simmonds and Banton respectively pushed through limits to achieve their dreams of becoming professional athletes.Wayne Simmonds, a right wing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, grew up in Scarborough, Ontario. In this series he shares how he discovered the sport of hockey, what fueled his passion for the sport and who inspired him to push through and become one of the most dominant Black players in the NHL today. Simmonds has also risen to become a powerful voice and advocate for driving positive change in hockey culture.

A guard for the Toronto Raptors, Dalano Banton, grew up in Toronto, Canada, proudly hailing from the Rexdale area. Dalano shares the story of how his community shaped and supported him, how he pushed through limits to succeed and become the first Canadian player drafted by the Toronto Raptors.

Since both athletes are from areas within the City of Toronto, to capture the look and feel of Toronto in their stories, PlayStation engaged the talent of Matt Bergasse. Bergasse, a Toronto-based artist and Dreams Specialist. He was able to use game design to animate the stories in Dreams, a video game experience on PS4 that allows users to both discover and create worlds of their own.

“Simmonds and Banton are incredible role models with powerful stories of pushing the boundaries of play which embody the ethos of our brand,” says Shelly Walia, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for PlayStation Canada, “It was an honour to work in collaboration with MLSE, Media Molecule and the Dreams teams to bring their inspirational stories to life in a way that shows Play Has No Limits.”

In addition to the videos, fans will be encouraged to submit their own stories of how they overcame limits to achieve their dreams and goals through the Maple Leafs and Raptors apps. PlayStation will donate CAD$6.00 for each qualifying entry towards the MLSE Foundation Change the Game campaign (https://www.mlsefoundation.org/). Each person submitting a story will have a chance to win a Toronto Maple Leafs or Toronto Raptors prize pack. Entries for submission begin March 7 and close March 28. More information can be found on the Maple Leafs and Raptors apps upon contest launch.