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Keeping Red Bull's esports audience in the game with our remote production solutions

Announcement / September 1st, 2020

The Covid crisis has meant deploying creative solutions to keep our clients’ events on air, perfectly illustrated by our delivery of Red Bull’s new fighting game show, Take Down The Crown.

Building on the work we have done with Red Bull on the Kumite (Street Fighter) and DBFZ World Tour (Dragon Ball FighterZ) fighting game live arena events, we got involved right from the word go, helping to define the format, creating the look and feel of the graphics / backgrounds and building up a suite of production tools for remote, cost-effective delivery.

For each of the six live shows broadcast on Red Bull's Twitch Channel, four contenders stepped up to play off for the right to challenge for “The Crown” by beating a carefully-selected champion. The ultimate winner of each show stayed on to do battle as the following week’s champ. Winners and contenders were interviewed remotely by host Damascus and an all-star casting team including the likes of Ryan Hart, Spag and Bubsy.

The game selected was Bandai Namco’s Tekken 7, with the fast and furious action all taking place within Europe due to server restrictions. The show retained a global feel due to the presence of big-name casters and guests, including the US trio of Tasty Steve, Markman and Anakin along with Pakistan's fighting game ace Arslan Ash. We were able to provide live updating score and tournament graphics, run in video clips and handle the audio - all with a stripped back production team.

Working with the Red Bull social media team, the line-up of each episode’s players and casters was slowly released to fans, with live community engagement built up during the shows with regular Twitch polls and strong Chat interaction with the casters and players.

The project provided a perfect illustration of Fanview’s production capabilities and our determination to use the latest technology to unlock and showcase the benefits of both remote and cloud production work flows.

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