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What technology do you need to stream esports competitions?

The first and foremost thing that viewers of esports competitions expect to see is, of course, the game itself. Each individual screen a competitor views must be available for inclusion in the stream, along with the main stream showing the competition from a more complete view, often called a viewer view.

Another necessity is to have a webcam at each game station so that viewers experience the mental ebb and flow of the competition. Webcam plus screen streaming means you’ll have at least two streams coming from each workstation, so be prepared to handle a lot of input. In a competition room with only 10 machines, you would have 20 streams coming from the workstations alone, and that doesn’t include the viewer view stream, shots of the entire arena, or views from the commentators themselves.

Those streams can run over traditional channels such as HDMI connections, but most stadiums, especially those being built now, will want to minimize the number of cables running through the space. To do that, companies like NDI offer network-based options for streaming video, incorporating screen view, webcams, and more.

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However, all those inputs have to end up somewhere, and CDW offers a variety of video switchers to accommodate the number of sources. Broadcasts must also have the ability to produce and include graphics and chirons with commentator broadcasts for a professional appearance.

A CDW Higher Ed AV Expert can find the right equipment (all of the above plus cameras, video converters, and more) for your setup by working with a number of different partners, including companies like Horizon AVL, which specializes in esports.

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Leveraging such partners for esports programs will provide higher education institutions with a top-to-bottom professional solution. Students can be confident that the hardware and software they use provides them with the real-world knowledge and experience they need to take the next step in professional development after graduation.

Other considerations for outfitting your esports arena for streaming

Universities should plan to broadcast esports competitions via Twitch or other online streaming platforms, such as YouTube TV or Facebook Gaming, but should also have the ability to stream internally. That means having the broadcast available through the university’s television or broadcast channel and potentially creating a space within the arena for students to watch the competitors live and view the broadcast on a massive screen. DVLED screens are quickly becoming the standard for live events.

CDW can help you enhance your esports program with audiovisual and esports experts ready to help guide you through the entire process, from retrofitting existing spaces to making the leap to a professional esports arena.

This article is part of the EdTech: Focus on Higher Education UniversITy blog series.

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