ESL and will broadcast League of Legends and Counter-Strike: GO in VR this weekend

Stats and player perspectives will be integrated, giving users near-total control over how they view the VR broadcast.


ESL and have announced a partnership to broadcast this weekend's Oakland Intel Extreme Masters CS: GO and League of Legends tournaments in virtual reality, a first for the VR medium (via Telkom Gaming).

Oakland Intel Extreme Masters runs from November 19-20. The event's VR broadcast will include live stats and myriad viewing options, such as from the perspective of each player or from a more omniscient floating camera.

"We’re thrilled to work with ESL to showcase our VRLiveStats technology,” said co-founder and CEO Mitch Liu in a press release. “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." rolled out a video to provide an idea of what the VR mode will encompass. Besides stats and player POVs, various integral moments such as will be integrated into the broadcast. Or, for a more accurate demonstration, check out the trailer in 360 degrees and pan around with your mouse.

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