After a planning and construction phase of around one year, the largest American college esports arena ‘The Fortress’ recently went live on air from Full Sail University, Florida.
Around $6 million has been invested in The Fortress, which can accommodate up to 500 spectators.
The arena also holds countless third-party gaming events, college tournaments, live-streaming esports competitions and live concerts.
One of the main challenges was creating an ultra-flexible multimedia space that can host a variety of esports formats. The backbone of the IT-supported infrastructure is ControlCenter-Compact, a high-end matrix system from Guntermann & Drunck.
ControlCenter-Compact allows the physical transfer of computer technology from the control room and the arena into a centralised and secure server room. The computers are then remotely operated in real time and connected via a distributer. The video quality is loss-free and pixel-perfect for the best possible performance. The users can remotely use their computers as usual, as if they were physically in the room with them.
The control room takes over all production and has been set up to flexibly adapt to different formats so participants and spectators in the arena will always enjoy a professional esports experience.
Guntermann & Drunck is exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 1.D39.