*For Mike Tyson fans who want to experience the era of his boxing domination – there’s now an app for that.
The former heavyweight boxing champion- turned-reality show star has just launched a new iPhone game called “Mike Tyson’s Main Event.”
At the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) this week, game developer RockLive set up a massive boxing ring at the Austin Convention Center for a meet-and-greet with Tyson.
CNET managed to pull him aside for an interview (along with RockLive co-founders and brothers John and Sam Shahidi) to learn about the new game and why he thinks it’s perfect for when you need to blow off some steam because a stripper stole all your money. (More on that later.)
“I’m the top guy, so you’ll be fighting all these celebrities to get to me,” Tyson told CNET. “And there’s going to be an array of celebrities, you know, as a matter of fact it’ll be really eclectic. You may have a weird guy like Osama bin Laden there. You may have one of the Beatles there. It’s just different people, you know.”
“John Lennon had a lot of problems with the American people back then, the tax people, the IRS was at his back, the government was at his back,” Tyson continued. “Maybe he’ll go in there and slug some people. Anything’s possible, but it’s just an awesome game and you have to think about the genius of the Shahidi brothers here. I never even considered that it’d be at a level, you know, so much of a fever pitch. It’s amazing. I’m so happy to be a part of it and really humbled at the fact that these guys invited me.”
Regarding his Twitter account, which has more than 350,000 followers and whether it’s really him tweeting, Tyson said: “Well, I got tweeting capabilities, of course. It may take a while to spell some of the words, but you may get a tweet from me, there’s no doubt about that…I’m there all the time.”
On why he’s pumped to be making a mobile game as opposed to a traditional video game: “Listen, you know why? What’s the closest thing to your heart, almost more important than your money–you need it to get to your money, more or less, especially if you’re stranded? ‘Hey, Bob, send me some money, I need some money, I got drunk and robbed by a stripper, so send me some money!’ That’s what you need your phone for. And while you’re doing that, you can be p’d off and say, ‘Well, I’m going to be pissed anyway, so this is what I’m going to do since this stripper took my money, I’m going to knock out some people on this Mike Tyson Main Event thing!'”