Fresh off a successful round of venture capital funding, Sliver.tv announced a partnership today with ELEAGUE, Turner and IMG’s eSports venture. ELEAGUE will use Sliver’s 360-degree video technology in the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premier 2017.
Fans will be able to watch matches in 360-degrees, just like they do now in Sliver’s own Counter-Strike coverage. ELEAGUE will support 360 on the web, iPhone, Android, Gear VR, Oculus, HTC Vive, Daydream, and Cardboard. Viewers can even watch the 2D television feed while in 360-degree mode.
Sliver is not the only company Turner is licensing technology from in its eSports push. ELEAGUE is partnering with Dell, who will furnish the tournament with Tobii eye tracking technology. Viewers will be able to see players’ field of vision and exactly where they are looking during a match.
Meanwhile, Shadow.GG from Dojo Madness will provide detailed analytics for viewers to check out. Heatmaps, smokemaps, pathmaps, and replay views will allow amateur CS: GO aficionados to quantify how pros take advantage of territory and then use that information in their own play.
360 seems like the best way to take in Counter-Strike, but those of you still subscribed to basic cable can watch the CS: GO Premier 2017 tomorrow on TBS at 10 PM ET.