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Ovechkin Serving As The Face Of Online Game "World Of Warships"

Ovechkin in September took part in a six-hour shoot in which he recorded voice-overs and posed for photos
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Capitals RW Alex Ovechkin is promoting "World of Warships," a "free-to-play, naval action multiplayer online game" from Belarus-based videogame maker Wargaming, according to Scott Allen of the WASHINGTON POST. The game "hugely popular in Eastern Europe and Asia," though developers are hoping the association with Ovechkin will "widen its audience." He was added as a "playable character in the October update ... which also includes red, white and blue ship camouflages and a hockey rink animation atop the aircraft carrier Lexington."  Ovechkin is available as "both a Soviet commander and an American commander." Wargaming earlier this year paired with Paris Saint-Germain G Gianluigi Buffon by "making him a playable captain" in its "World of Tanks" game. Wargaming Dir of Marketing Alena Terekhova indicated that the company "considered partnering with another soccer player for 'World of Warships,' but ultimately decided to contact Ovechkin." Allen noted the initial talks "took place about a month before" the Capitals won the Stanley Cup. Ovechkin in September took part in a six-hour shoot in which he "recorded voice-overs, posed for photos and filmed a trailer for the game." The trailer features footage of Ovechkin "firing pucks on goal interspersed with animated missiles sinking animated carriers" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 11/8).