December 29, 2019

Esports Holographic Video Technology at League of Legends World Championship Opening Ceremony - Quince Imaging

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, was packed with anticipation as League of Legends Championship finalists, FunPlus Phoenix and G2 Esports prepared to battle for the prestigious Summoner’s Cup before a live audience and an unsurpassed webcast audience of nearly three million viewers, peaking at 3.9 million, according to Esports Charts. Nearly doubling last year’s viewership, Worlds 2019 also went on to break gamer live streaming platform, Twitch’s viewer record with 1.7 million concurrent viewers. In order to exceed live event presentation expectations of the diverse viewership base at the biggest Esports event of the year, Riot Games debuted holographic video technology at the League of Legends World Championship opening ceremony, giving way to the most immersive Esports gaming event to date.

The World Championship opening ceremony, which has been compared by Esports gamers to the equivalent of NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show, requires extensive long-term planning from Riot Games. Calling upon industry leading experts, Riot Games aimed to provide the ultimate audio-visual experience for the annual event, deploying sophisticated technologies to produce the most captivating experience for fans in the arena, as well as those streaming the event from their devices in real time.

After working with Quince Imaging on the League of Legends World Championship in 2018, Riot Games called upon Quince once again to put together a show control solution to drive an array of displays, including four holographic screens, 7 LED displays, a custom 5-side trophy case, and an array of HD screens. Quince provided a single point of control, allowing the creative team to use a diverse display design to create a larger-than-life holographic presentation for the opening ceremony. The media server system included synchronized playback as well as real-time, data-driven graphics to support the on-stage gameplay.

The lengthy opening ceremony line-up consisted of several performances including, “Phoenix”, by Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza, “Awaken”, by Valerie Broussard and “GIANTS”, performed by the virtual League of Legends band, True Damage. Standout moments occurred during True Damage’s performance when the live performers were accompanied onstage by their in-game counterparts, creating an illusion that made it difficult to tell whether the real-world performers or their in-game counterparts were truly being depicted on stage.

“When Riot Games’ creative team consulted with Quince Imaging about their plans to debut holographic projection at League of Legends’ World Championship 2019, we were beyond thrilled at the opportunity to work together on this event. Riot Games requested our expertise on creating projection display design that met broadcast-quality standards on the holographic screens for the content they were producing with Possible Productions. The holographic screens created an optimal medium to move digital content seamlessly across the stage. Riot Games has truly brought innovation to the forefront of Esports entertainment, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year,” said CJ Davis, Creative Director at Quince Imaging.

View clips from the live event here:
Awaken – Opening Ceremony Presented by Mastercard | 2019 World Championship Finals
GIANTS – Opening Ceremony Presented by Mastercard | 2019 World Championship Finals
Phoenix – Opening Ceremony Presented by Mastercard | 2019 World Championship Finals

About Quince Imaging
Quince Imaging is an innovative experiential display and design firm located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Fusing a unique combination of creativity, technical process management, and unmatched expertise in the area of high-resolution graphic development, Quince is known for continuously raising the bar in providing awe-inspiring immersive experiences on the world stage. Quince’s loyal client base spans a diverse spectrum of markets, ranging anywhere from corporate entities, to non-profit associations, professional sports teams and venues, and global outreach organizations. Quince specializes in live event video production, creative content development, and permanent display system design and

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