Monday, 23 January 2017 03:56

SLIVER.tv Launches Global Partnership with ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters and DreamHack to Live Stream in Virtual Reality 14 Premiere Esports Tournaments in 2017 Featured

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Cupertino, CA – January 17, 2017 -- SLIVER.tv, the leading esports 360º virtual reality entertainment platform, is announcing its broad-reaching 2017 partnership with ESL and DreamHack, two of the top esports tournament organizers in the world. ESL's mega events like ESL One and the Intel Extreme Masters series, DreamHack’s DreamLeague, DreamHack ASTRO Open and DreamHack Masters reach over 50 million global esports fans of competitive games including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), League of Legends (LoL) and Dota 2, and bring together the best of the best esports teams and players in the world.


Mitch Liu, founder and CEO of SLIVER.tv, said: “We are thrilled to be working closely with two of the largest esports tourney organizers in the world in 2017. Our vision is to forever transform the esports spectating experience by providing new perspectives and insights into live esports streams. In partnering with ESL and DreamHack across these 14 global events, we have the opportunity to showcase our 360 virtual reality, live replays and stats technology to millions of esports fans worldwide.”


SLIVER.tv has been Beta testing its VR Live Cast tournament platform for the past three months in collaboration with ESL, at events such as ESL One New York and Intel Extreme Masters in Oakland. Powered by the company’s Virtual Camera array patented technology, the new stream enables spectators to step into and experience top esports games in fully immersive 360º virtual reality. The most recent event, IEM Oakland drew over 130,000 unique viewers across SLIVER.tv’s web 360, mobile and VR apps platform and drove 40% greater engagement and 13x more video content consumed over the first event.


Stuart Ewen, Product Manager of ESL, said: "Our partnership with SLIVER.tv at ESL One New York and IEM Oakland last year exceeded our expectations, and our fans, teams and players were blown away by the first-ever live broadcast of CS:GO and League of Legends in VR. We are delighted to partner with SLIVER.tv this year across 7 events starting with Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland where in 2016 we saw over 100,000 attendees and nearly two million peak concurrent online viewers. With the help of SLIVER.tv we hope 2017 will be even bigger and better.”


Marcus Lindmark CEO, DreamHack AB, said: “DreamHack was impressed with SLIVER.tv’s success with ESL events last year and its unique offering. We decided to work exclusively with SLIVER.tv globally in 2017 on 7 events and leverage its turnkey end-to-end VR Live Cast platform solution so we can focus on our production. DreamHack ASTRO Open is one of the longest running esports circuits in the world with over 150 million started streams alone in 2016. We are looking forward to an even more successful year with the addition of the new 360 VR streams.”


SLIVER.tv - DreamHack 2017 Events
DreamHack Masters Las Vegas - Feb 15-19
DreamHack Masters - Q3 Date and Location TBA
DreamHack ASTRO Open Austin - Apr 28-30
DreamHack ASTRO Open Atlanta - Jul 21-23
DreamHack ASTRO Open Montreal – Sep 8-10
DreamHack ASTRO Open Denver - Oct 20-22
DreamHack ASTRO Open Winter - Nov 30-Dec 2

DreamLeague Season Seven Playoffs - Dates and Location TBA

DreamLeague Season Eight Playoffs - Dates and Location TBA

SLIVER.tv - Intel Extreme Masters 2017 Events
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, Poland - Feb 25-Mar 5
3 Addtl IEM Global events - Dates and Location TBA

SLIVER.tv - ESL One 2017 Events
ESL One Cologne - Jul 3-8
ESL One New York - Sep 1-15
ESL One Addtl event - Date and Location TBA

To watch any of the live esports events in VR and 360, visit the SLIVER.tv website or download the SLIVER.tv Android and iOS apps to view in 360 video and in Google Cardboard. For a premium experience, users can download the SLIVER.tv Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive apps to watch in full VR.


· Website - http://www.SLIVER.tv

· Google Play Store- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.sliver.android

· Apple App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/app/sliver.tv/id1122750888?mt=8

· Oculus GearVR - https://www.oculus.com/experiences/gear-vr/1170793196320382/

· HTC Vive - http://store.steampowered.com/app/525100/

· Oculus Rift - https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1212860585450625/

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