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Automating the integration of real- time statistics into immersive AR graphics allows IEM to keep esports fans well-informed and elevate the entertainment value of the show without additional operators.” RUNNING RIOT In late 2023, Riot Games opened its second Remote Broadcast Centre (RBC) in Seattle. Earlier in the year, it announced a partnership with Gravity Media (now EMG/Gravity Media after a January 2024 merger) to provide managed services for the Seattle RBC, following the delivery of a similar solution at Riot’s first RBC in Dublin. There, EMG/Gravity Media placed 40 individuals across broadcast engineering, TOC, EVS, audio GFX and media asset management. The 70,000 sq ft production space – located 16 miles south of Seattle – is Riot’s second RBC strategically placed around the globe to support regional and global live esports events. The 2023 Valorant Game Changers Championship, which took place in December from Riot’s esports studio in São Paulo, Brazil, was the first live global esports event supported by the Seattle area RBC. Courtesy of Riot’s partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), six control rooms are outfitted with new technology and cloud-based zero client computing, enabling Riot to efficiently produce events more virtually and remotely than before. Both production facilities are using Appear’s X Platform for events such as the League of Legends and Valorant Champions Tour. X Platform facilitates video networking, enhanced IP security and advanced compression for remote production, contribution and distribution. Its SMPTE 2110-native connectivity for AVC/HEVC encoders in addition to decoders, with SMPTE 2022-7 and NMOS support, enabled Riot to migrate from its previous SDI-only solution. Riot will continue to use X Platform to support high-capacity remote productions using transport stream over IP (TSoIP) with FEC and SRT gateways where needed to support different network types. Riot has been a proud customer of Nevion, a Sony Group Company, since 2019. During this time, it has deployed Nevion VideoIPath orchestration and Virtuoso with JPEG XS compression

venue production, Rocket Surgery provides design, workflow and data integration expertise,” he elaborates. “Rocket Surgery accomplished this through a combination of Ross AR technology, including the Voyager Unreal-based render platform, Ultrix routers, a Carbonite Ultra production switcher and an Opengear frame paired with various signal processing cards. Complementing this array of production room technology was the use of the Spidercam cable-based camera system to provide unique visuals and feed the tracking data required to power the AR visuals. “To address the hurdle presented by the rapid pace of online gameplay, Ross introduced a tailored solution, combining Dashboard and Datalinq to integrate all their video game APIs and devices directly into the production workflow,” Seymour adds. “This allowed Rocket Surgery experts to programme the custom Dashboard control panel using the Rosstalk protocol, enabling operators to manage the whole system efficiently and automatically merge inputs and data with AR graphics in real time.

VICTORY POSE Riot Games won the award for outstanding esports championship coverage for the League of Legends Worlds 2023 Final

real time. So, what does the control room dance look like for a premier esports event?” “Last August, the IEM returned to Cologne and esports fans descended upon the Lanxess Arena for the final three days of the competition dubbed The Cathedral of Counter-Strike,” Seymour continues. “This significant event in the esports calendar draws a sizeable live audience and over 700,000 fans online to watch the world’s top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams compete. “IEM and EFG entrusted Rocket Surgery – Ross Creative & Professional Services with adding AR to enhance the production and immerse the audience and fans at home deeper into the action. For XPression and Voyager customers in video, broadcast and



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