Esports entertainment startup Virtex has partnered with Counter-Strike spectator analysis tool Skybox Technologies to create a virtual spectator experience for Counter-Strike.
The partnership allows Virtex to create a new viewing experience for esports fans featuring the startup’s virtual stadium in the metaverse with stands, bar areas and an immersive VR match viewing experience that puts the viewer ‘inside’ competitive games of CS.
Counter-Strike is the first tier-one esport to get Virtex support.
With years of experience offering spectator and analysis solutions for CS:GO under its belt, Skybox has been working with Virtex to help integrate Counter-Strike maps into Virtex’s stadium. According to the release, this is to ensure that in-game models and spectator tools work smoothly.
Currently in closed beta, Virtex is pitching partners from across the esports space, from teams that might want to have dedicated stadiums for fans, to tournament organisers looking to increase revenue for events. The service also extends to brands that want to run activations and further engagement.
Skybox has already built relationships with the esports community and is currently used at ESL events, as well as CS:GO teams like NAVI and Team Liquid, to gain an analytical edge over competitors.
The two organisations claim the tool will create meaningful fan experiences even over long distances by providing virtual hangout spaces, alongside a deep 3D spectator experience that integrates the player within matches and allows them to spectate the players or areas they want.
In a press release, Virtex co-founder Tim Mcguiness commented: “We are thrilled to be introducing a massive title like Counter-Strike to the Virtex Stadium and giving more fans the opportunity to enjoy top-level gameplay in a way that’s never been done before.
“As the third most-watched esport last year, CS:GO already has an enormous following and we’re excited to be working with Skybox to deliver a 360° spectating experience unique to every fan.