ESL, the world’s largest esports company, SLIVER.tv, a next-generation eSports 360º virtual reality entertainment platform, and WonderWorld VR, a VR production studio, announced that they are partnering to produce the first-ever esports event to be live streamed to fans worldwide in VR at ESL One New York on October 1-2.
Esports is now joining the ranks of traditional sporting events, including the Olympics, which were broadcast in VR for the first time this year in Rio. Esports and VR perfectly complement each other given the compelling visual imagery of esports, the intense spirit of competition in CS:GO tournaments, and the thrilling experience of being surrounded by thousands of other esports fans at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY.
There is a clear link between esports and VR, as esports fans tend to be tech savvy and willing to spend on memorable experiences. 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.
You can watch ESL One New York in VR at the Sliver.tv stream!
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