Organisers of last week’s annual DreamHack Summer 2013 successfully broadcasted and streamed over 512 hours of HD programming, with the help of Blackmagic Design. The event is the world’s largest digital festival and LAN eSports competition, and its broadcast was achieved used Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Production Switcher range and Teranex 2D processors.
Highlights were broadcast on Swedish Television (SVT), twitch.tv and DreamHack TV, using eight purpose built flight pack solutions. The two largest were based around Blackmagic’s ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher with ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel and include a Compact Videohub router, ATEM Studio Converter, Teranex 2D Processor, HyperDeck Studio Pro SSD broadcast deck, SmartView Duo monitors and CasparCG with a DeckLink HD Extreme 4K capture and playback card.
“eSport tournaments are growing in popularity and we've had to adapt to the fact our audiences are no longer just online. We now have to incorporate timecode, language and custom overlays that cater to the specific requirements of a broadcaster,” said Jonas Bengtson, technical director for DreamHack, speaking before the event. “Blackmagic’s ATEM mixer is flexible enough to allow us to build our production in layers. We can for example embed one channel of graphics featuring functional overlays only for a public broadcaster and then overlay advertising in sync on the other DSK row for broadcasters where our agreements permit us to show it.”
From 15 – 18 June, over 10,000 gamers descended upon Jönköping, Sweden, as competitors at the eSport spring season finals. The festival also featured a packed programme of digital arts content, from film competitions and music making to guest speakers and live performances. It is estimated that a total of more than 20,000 visitors attended DreamHack Summer.