ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world’s largest independent esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, United Kingdom, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).
The University of York
The University of York is one of the world’s leading universities, with a reputation as an academic powerhouse focusing on excellence in research. As a member of the elite Russel Group of universities, the University of York is a dynamic, research-intensive university committed to the development of new technologies to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges. The University of York hosts the largest research team worldwide working with esports, which includes the Digital Creativity Labs, an £18 million interdisciplinary laboratory and think tank focusing on research and innovation in games, interactive media and the rich space where they converge; as well as the Creative Media Labs, a £15m R&D partnership programme involving academia and the screen industries in Yorkshire and the Humber, designed to help those industries to harness the latest immersive and interactive tools and techniques; to develop innovative and commercially viable models for the next generation of screen storytelling. The University of York also form the main host of the £12 million EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence, training the next generation of experts and innovators for the Creative Industries. (www.york.ac.uk).
Focal Point VR
Focal Point VR produces a range of high-end VR camera rigs and live 360 video production products based on its proprietary Ubiety ultra-high resolution software platform. These deliver solutions for broadcast quality, and upwards to UHD & 8K, VR video live streams. Focal Point VR also offers a full service production support team which can deliver end-to-end VR video production for post or live streaming. Focal Point VR’s products and services are supported by class leading technology development; recently demonstrating a camera to headset, ultra low latency, 8k 360 live stream using proprietary optimisation technology aimed at delivery over 5G networks. (www.focalpointvr.com).
dock10 is the UK’s leading television facility, based at the heart of MediaCityUK. With ten purpose-built state of the art studios, extensive post-production facilities, archive solutions, media management and global connectivity dock10’s facilities are used to make popular television shows including the award-winning drama Happy Valley, prime-time spectacular The Voice, iconic children’s favourite Blue Peter and the sports fan’s essential Match of the Day. The post production services produce outstanding network commercials, corporate videos and high end VFX work for everything from drama to virtual and augmented studio production. (www.dock10.co.uk).
REWIND is an immersive content studio with a passion for AR, VR, MR and beyond…
By delivering immersive experiences for the world’s largest studios, agencies and brands, REWIND leads the way in innovative digital content creation.
REWINDs team of creatives, technologists, engineers, producers and visual artists work with the latest technology and trends to ensure it is always at the forefront of innovation.
Its deep-rooted heritage in VFX and CGI production is combined with an industry-defining approach to virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and experiential marketing. REWIND has a proven track record in creating memorable experiences that connect audiences, evoke emotion and always leave a lasting impression. (www.rewind.co).
Cybula specialise in data mining and data analytics for Big Data applications. Our tools provide class-leading, innovative solutions for extracting business intelligence out of data gathered from monitored systems; transforming Big Data challenges into valuable business insights. Cybula AURA technology allows analysts to interact with data in highly intuitive ways, and offers powerful pattern search and modelling capabilities. Pattern search provides the means to delve into data and automate the detection of events that would otherwise go unnoticed in the midst of huge volumes of data. Unique, patented, modelling tools allow rapid characterisation of data trends to support real-time detection of events. Early detection of changes in system behaviour have never been easier to spot. (www.cybula.squarespace.com/the-company/) .