In professional esports every millisecond counts. As a player your reaction time and the precision with which you click, could be the difference between winning and Game Over. Speed is of the essence too in delivering the action and all its related video, editorial angles, stats, realtime player insight and audience interaction to esports’ growing fanbase worldwide.
Leading the revolution is Riot Games, the developer and publisher of the world’s most player focused video games. Riot’s games portfolio includes League of Legends, the most-played PC game in the world with over 80 million monthly players and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports. Riot continues to evolve League of Legends while delivering new experiences to players with Legends of Runeterra, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Teamfight Tactics, VALORANT and multiple work-in-progress titles.
Demand for esports is rocketing, set to generate global revenues of $973.9 million by the end of the year and according to Newzoo – a number that will hit $1.6 billion by 2023. With stay-at-home quarantines to control coronavirus and with mainstream sports around the world on hold, streaming requests went through the roof.
US mobile operator Verizon reported an increase in gaming traffic of 75%, compared to increases of 12% in digital video traffic and 20% in web traffic. Meanwhile, data from Streamlabs shows that platforms for gaming as a spectator sport like Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming surged in growth, with around a 20% increase in usage hours reported across board.
To meet such explosive growth safely and in anticipation of esports’ exponential trajectory , Riot Games needed the most agile, ultra-fast and scalable cloud video editing platform around.
“Recent months have introduced unprecedented challenges in video production but Blackbird has helped us meet these obstacles head on.”
Scott Gelb, COO, Riot Games
Riot are using Blackbird for remote and fast turnaround video production. Using Blackbird, Riot’s editorial team are frame-accurately editing video content from its hugely popular live streamed esports tournaments and events. Once created, the content is published instantly and directly from Blackbird to Riot’s social channels including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.
Blackbird is unique. The platform allows Riot to manage its video like no other solution – enabling editors to frame-accurately view video forwards and backwards at multiple speeds and to publish lightning fast – anywhere, any time, supporting Covid-safe remote workflows. With advanced integration to Twitter Amplify and support for square, portrait and non-standard screen aspect ratios, Blackbird ensures Riot Games content is available in the highest possible quality always.
Powerful statistics for usage, editing and publishing enable fine-grained control over content optimization. Blackbird’s cloud-native design gives Riot high volume file to source media access through the cloud powering huge productivity efficiencies.
Thanks to Blackbird, millions of esports fans around the world are able to enjoy the best moments of gaming action in broadcast quality from star esport players of League of Legends and other Riot games.
Blackbird is best-of-breed
Jon Hanford - Group CTO, Deltatre