ESL has partnered up with some virtual reality powerhouses to bring viewers the first ever worldwide esports stream in virtual reality. SLIVER.tv and WonderWorld VR have come together with ESL to live stream in VR the $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensivetournament taking place October 1-2, featuring the best teams in the world.
ESL One New York will be the first esports event broadcast in virtual reality using a platform agnostic method, meaning it will be viewable through a website, on a mobile device, or a VR headset. Fans worldwide can download and install the SLIVER.tv Android and iOS apps to watch in mobile Panorama-360 or using Google Cardboard, as well as on SLIVER.tv’s website. For a premium experience, users can download the SLIVER.tv GearVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive apps to watch in full VR.
Stuart Ewen, Product Manager ESL, said: “We’re very excited to launch our very first VR live stream from ESL One New York with the help of SLIVER.tv and WonderWorld. This new method of broadcasting gives viewers a taste of what it’s like to be in the arena at an esports mega event, and a brand new perspective on top level CS:GO through in-game virtual cameras. Esports helped pioneer online video streaming, and we couldn’t be more proud to take the next step into the future of broadcast media with this initiative.”
That is their official statement regarding the addition of virtual reality in the esports section. Virtual reality is regarded as the future of esports at least.
According to esports organisations; there is a natural link between esports and Virtual reality. According to a recent Newzoo report, there is a strong correlation between buying intention and interest in esports. Over half of esports enthusiasts and 24% of occasional viewers are planning to buy VR devices in the near future, compared to 12% on the online population.”
Tune in to ESL One New York in VR here on October 1-2!
- Website – http://www.sliver.tv
- Google Play Store- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.sliver.android
- Apple App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/app/sliver.tv/id1122750888?mt=8