In September VRFocus reported on eSports company ESL partnering with 360-degree broadcaster SLIVER.tv to transmit the Counter-strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament in virtual reality (VR). Today the companies have announced they’ll be combining efforts again, this time for the Intel Extreme Masters being held later this month.
SLIVER.tv will be live-streaming CS:GO and League of Legends (LoL) in VR, as well as integrating augmented live stats into the stream. By watching the tournaments in VR, spectators will get a enhanced viewing experience being able to get a birds eye view of the action, alongside first-person viewpoints. And with the new stats feature they’ll also be able to get real-time info on player KDS’s (kill-death-assists), event timeline with bomb plants, defuses, kills with various weapons and ‘key moment’ stats when players hit 2k, 3k and multi-kill streaks in a round.
Mitch Liu, co-founder and CEO of SLIVER.tv said in a statement: “We’re thrilled to work with ESL to showcase our VRLiveStats technology. Our vision is to transform the eSports spectator landscape forever, and incorporating augmented live stats into our VR 360 live-streams of CS:GO and LoL is a nig step towards this vision. Fans around the world can now access valuable game stats and information in real-time, all within a natural, immersive VR experience.”
While George Woo, eSports marketing manager at Intel commented: “Each season we push the boundaries of innovation by adding new elements to make IEM more exciting and immersive for fans. This year you can experience IEM for the first time in VR through SLIVER.tv. Powerful and thrilling VR experiences like SLIVER.tv demand a high performance PC – and that is where Intel excels with its latest Intel Core I7 Extreme Processor. With SLIVER.tv IEM is going to be even more exciting for gamers and create new VR fans.
The Intel Extreme Masters will take place from 19th – 20th November 2016. The tournament will be viewable through a variety of media on SLIVER’tv’s platform. On mobile devices download the company’s app for iOS or Android, to watch in 360-degrees without a headset or use Google Cardboard. For the best experience download the app on Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
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