ESL and SLIVER.tv are partnering up once again. This time it’s for another esports and VR first; it’ll be the first ever live-stream of CS:GO and League of Legends featuring augmented live stats integrated into the Virtual Reality stream at the Intel Extreme Masters on November 19-20.
SLIVER.tv is a “next-generation esports 360º virtual reality entertainment platform” which offered a live stream in VR for the ESL One in New York recently. You can read more about that in an interview with ESL’s product manager here.
Virtual reality live-streaming unlocks a unique opportunity to transform the esports spectator experience by teleporting the viewer inside games like CS:GO and LoL, and enhancing that experience with real-time player, game and ‘key moment’ stats.
ESL will be providing this augmented spectator experience in partnership with SLIVER.tv and its VRLiveStats platform. Real-time stats will include player KDAs (Kill-deaths-assists), event timeline with bomb plants, defuses, kills with various weapons and ‘key moment’ stats such as 2k, 3k and multi-kill streaks by player in round.
Stuart Ewen, Product Manager ESL, said: “SLIVER.tv is helping us raise the bar for VR live streaming with VRLiveStats. Having a real-time in depth look at everything that happens in a CS:GO match is something unique to a VR broadcast. Now, viewers not only have a bird’s eye view of all the action and a first person feed, but also all of the statistics to put together a high level view of how a round or match unfolds. All of this is only possible in a VR environment.”
Mitch Liu, Co-Founder and CEO of SLIVER.tv, said: “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 big 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.”
IEM Oakland will be broadcast in virtual reality using a platform agnostic method that is viewable through a website, mobile device, or VR headset exclusively through SLIVER.tv’s platform.
Fans worldwide can download the SLIVER.tv Android and iOS apps to watch in mobile Panorama-360 or using Google Cardboard, as well as on the company’s website. For a premium experience, users can download the SLIVER.tv GearVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive apps to watch in full VR.
Esports Insider says: This week esports bar franchise Meltdown announced they’ve got big VR plans with an events partnership with HTC Vive, and now ESL and SLIVER.tv are teaming up again. The potential for an exciting blend of virtual reality and esports is obvious, and we’re only at the very beginning. Experiencing CSGO and LoL in the manner describes sounds like it’ll add a new level to the spectator experience.