SK Telecom makes esports more immersive

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South Korea’s largest mobile network provider, SK Telecom, is using 5G connectivity to bring three new immersive technology services to esports fans.

Jump AR, LCK VR Live Broadcasting and VR Replay “offer a more realistic and immersive experience when watching esports”.

Jump AR is an augmented reality (AR) service that that teleports users to esports stadium League of Legends (LoL) Park through their smartphones.

Through the Jump AR app, users can enter a virtual portal to LoL Park in Seoul. They can move their smartphones around and enjoy a 360-degree view of the stadium’s interior, leave AR-based messages of support, watch greeting videos of players, and read messages left by other esports fans.

SK Telecom said it applied a hyper-immersive space platform and real-time tracking technology to allow users to freely navigate the virtual LoL Park.

Users can also take fan selfies through three-dimensional facial recognition and realistic AR rendering technologies.

LCK (LoL Champions Korea) VR Live Broadcasting allows users to watch esports players close-up through the 360-degree VR cameras installed in the real LoL Park and hear the actual audience in real time.

The third service, VR Replay, is a new esports video content platform that provides highlights from the perspective of characters in the game.

By wearing VR headsets, users can watch 360-degree battle scenes from characters’ point of view. SK Telecom said it applied an advanced technology that combines separate scenes into 360-degree video content.

SK Telecom is offering LCK VR Live Broadcasting and VR Replay through video streaming platform Oksusu.

Jeon Jin-soo, vice president and head of the 5GX service business division of SK Telecom, emphasised the importance of 5G in creating the immersive tech services.

Jin-soo said: “With new 5G immersive technologies, SK Telecom has realised unprecedented esports broadcasting services and content. We will continue to develop innovative 5G services to offer immersive experiences for customers.”

See Jump AR in action:

Image credit: SK Telecom