Esports tournament organizers ESL and Dreamhack had announced a new major partnership with Sliver.tv to bring Virtual Reality (VR) into major eSport events.
Every fan and spectator could now stream live VR feeds of major events, as they will be provided with the option to view the action in VR courtesy of this deal.
Thus far, the events confirmed to include this feature are ESL One Cologne, ESL One New York, IEM Katowice, DreamHack Masters Las Vegas and DreamHack ASTRO Opens — with several more confirmed but lacking details as of yet.
Live replays and real-time statistics will also be available during streaming, which viewers could spectate from within the respective games using 360 degrees virtual reality.
The streams can be viewed at the Sliver.tv website, or via their app which that has been made available on Android, iOS, Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive platforms.
The beta-phase testing of the VR system was notably to have been carried out successfully at several major events last year across various gaming disciplines, including League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Each VR feed in each test event noted greater success than the last, with the most recent test-phase event, IEM Oakland, attracting over 130,000 separate viewers across SLIVER.tv’s web 360 viewer, mobile and VR apps platform — adding 40% greater engagement and 13x more video content compared to the first event, ESL One New York.