Lawo powers up eSports arena

Gaming and eSports are coming to the fore, gaining players and fans worldwide. Allied Esports International, home to a network of dedicated eSports properties and content production facilities, has opened a new venue in Las Vegas, USA, hosting live events and serving as a broadcast venue. And Lawo was picked to power up the eSports arena.

To popularise eSports, Allied Esports International decided in 2018 to build an arena to host major live events in Las Vegas. The company hired CBT Systems to turn the former nightclub space at the Luxor Hotel into a purpose-built eSports arena packed with an advanced A/V system for streaming live video broadcasts.

The California-based systems integrator chose a Lawo mc²36 console for front-of-house (FOH) operations, and a second mc²36 to power the streaming broadcast production control room.

Darrel Wenhardt, president and CEO of CBT Systems, commented: “We’ve worked extensively with Lawo, who has developed consoles specially for these types of challenges. Lawo consoles are being used around the world to manage major global events including sports, live performance, and networked production infrastructures.

“Lawo was an easy and obvious choice, and it provided exactly what was needed, while also being able to offer custom workflows for hosting eSports events.”

CBT Systems, working alongside Allied Esports, began drafting plans in mid-2017 for a big combined live performance and broadcast venue with multiple cameras, concert-sized video screens as well as an FOH system.

During live events, the action has to be packaged into broadcast-quality programming and streamed real time to subscribers worldwide.

To attain these goals, copper network services were replaced with fibre for enhanced bandwidth and connectivity, and a new audio system was installed — twin 24-fader Lawo mc²36 consoles, one for FOH sound and another for mixing of audio for livestreams.

The consoles are networked via Ravenna audio-over-IP (AoIP) using a Lawo Nova 37 router; I/O includes four compact Lawo stage boxes, each with 32 Mic/Line I/O, eight AES I/O, eight GPIO and a MADI port.

Lawo A_mic8 units were also used to provide AES67 AoIP connections for multiple mic deployment.

Michael Mueller, vice-president of sales for Lawo in the US, said: “Lawo has been involved in traditional live sports broadcasts and entertainment production since our inception, and we’ve also provided networked audio production infrastructures for gaming and live streaming operations.

“So the prospect of working in the growing field of eSports is a great opportunity for us to marry live sound with broadcast and streaming technologies, using a unified network platform.”

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