Star Events recently supplied production to the League of Legends World Championships final in South Korea, an e-sports event that attracted just under 100m unique viewers.
League of Legends is one of the largest competitive e-sports, and the 2018 World Championships final saw Star Events make use of its VerTech Ultra system to provide augmented reality musical performances.
The system facilitated virtual/in-game band K/DA on stage alongside musicians Madison Beer, (G)I-DLE and Jaira Burns, projected onto 2,000sqm of screens.
The final was won by China’s Invictus Gaming, who beat Europe’s Team Fnatic 3-0 and took home the $834,375 prize pool. The games were broadcast across more than 30 platforms and TV channels in 19 languages, with viewer numbers reaching roughly the same as the Super Bowl.
Roger Barrett, Star Events’ special projects director, commented: “It was the first time we have fitted T-towers on top of an existing structure, something the Ultra system made very easy to do.
“We put a regular VerTech stage frame in as a super-size ground support for the semi-final, at a sports centre in Gwangju, but the screen support in Seoul had to be more than four times bigger so VerTech Ultra was the perfect, flexible fit.
“Working in South Korea with 35 containers of equipment and without a traditional promoter had its challenges. There was quite a lot of new kit with no time to test build it, so the main build at Seoul simply had to work first time, which it did!
“Our client, ConCom TV, has a regular team of suppliers, a great mix of UK, American, Chinese and Japanese, amply supported with local Korean companies, for this show. Most of us had worked together in China last year, so that made the process much easier too.”