For those wondering how long it would take until they could use their VR interfaces to choose what they spectate in a game instead of following the broadcaster’s choice, wonder no more. SLIVER.tv is partnering with digital festival operator DreamHack to livestream the DreamHack ASTRO Open Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament taking place in DreamHack Austin from April 28-30, 2017.
The gimmick is that, according to the companies, viewers worldwide will be able to use VR for the first time to not just watch, but to chose what they watch. Multiple “virtual cameras” will allow VR-equipped spectators to jump to to different areas of the game map and watch the developments and players they are most interested in. The technology will be available in all seven CS:GO tournament maps and supported across the SLIVER.tv platform on desktop 360º, mobile 360º and all VR apps.
“SLIVER.tv is on the cutting edge of esports broadcast entertainment with its immersive 360º VR streams,” saidMarcus Lindmark, CEO of DreamHack AB. “Letting viewers step into CS:GO and teleport to different battle locations instantly is truly ground-breaking, and for the first time enables our fans to catch all the action in live tournament matches. We are thrilled to bring this experience to millions of DreamHack esports fans worldwide.”
“Our long-term vision is to transform the esports spectating experience,” said Mitch Liu, co-founder and CEO of SLIVER.tv. “The multi-stream teleporting capability powered by our virtual camera array technology truly augments the live viewing experience, and takes 360º VR immersion to the next level. We’re excited to launch this new technology in partnership with DreamHack Austin.”
SLIVER.tv will also continue to provide a more traditional broadcaster-led experience with auto-switching VR 360º virtual cameras that follow specific players. The 360º VR live stream of DreamHack Austin will be available from the SLIVER.tv website as well as the company’s Android and iOS apps. In addition, the SLIVER.tv Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive apps provides the “premium” experience and enables spectating in full VR.