ESL, to Broadcast eSports Tournament in VR

Virtual entertainment platform and eSports company ESL have teamed up to offer the first-ever, live virtual reality broadcast of an eSports tournament, the Nov. 19-20 Intel Extreme Masters competition of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends games.

Intel will provide augmented live stats which will be integrated into the virtual reality stream, including real-time player and game stats. The event will be available through’s platform via Android and iOS apps, or on the app for Gear VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

“Having a real-time in depth look at everything that happens in a CS:GO match is something unique to a VR broadcast,” said Stuart Ewen, ESL product manager, in a statement. “Now, viewers not only have a bird’s eye view of all the action and a first person feed, but also all of the statistics to put together a high level view of how a round or match unfolds. All of this is only possible in a VR environment.”

Mitch Liu, co-founder and CEO of, added: “Our vision is to transform the eSports spectator landscape forever, and incorporating augmented live stats into our VR 360 live-streams of CS:GO and LoL is a big step towards this vision. Fans around the world can now access valuable game stats and information in real-time, all within a natural, immersive VR experience.”