3xScreen Media created online coverage for the Gfinity eSports competition, generating 2.5 million live stream views, and resulting in the biggest European NewTek TriCaster production. The competition took place in London last month.
3xScreen created a 28-input, six programme output production using five TriCasters, which was streamed to Twitch.tv and viewed by gaming enthusiasts around the world.
“This was a ground-breaking eSports event. We required online live coverage to match, including 3D visual effects, virtual sets, graphics and transitions,” said Paul Kent, Gfinity’s COO. “The brief was to produce broadcast production value programming that was innovative and affordable – a difficult challenge, and exactly what was delivered by 3xScreen.”
Philip Nelson, chief relationship officer at NewTek, added, “NewTek is excited to be the technology behind this highly acclaimed gaming webcast. The portability, ease of use and power found in TriCaster has made it the production system of choice for online events around the world.”
3xScreen Media used five production pods comprising one TriCaster 8000, two TriCaster 855s and two TriCaster 850s. Together the TriCasters created six programme outputs from 28-input sources including fixed and manned cameras, live commentary, game feeds and the master studio. The six programme outputs, featuring animated graphics and VTs, fed four Twitch.tv live stream channels and event screens.
“The success of the Gfinity production, measured by viewer figures and feedback, could not have been achieved without TriCaster, which played a fundamental role in our live production and streaming workflow,” commented NewTek managing director Scott Robinson. “TriCaster helped us create programming of a quality that previously required 10 times the budget.”