Riot Games Opens Landmark Esports Facility, Project Stryker
As the esports industry grows, the infrastructure supporting it must also expand and evolve. With an increasing number of esports tournaments taking place every year, organisers and regulators must work increasingly harder to support this thriving ecosystem. To answer that call, Riot Games has stepped up and announced the opening of its first esports broadcast facility, located in Dublin and known as Project Stryker.
Riot Games is one of the leading organisers and developers in the esports industry. It oversees the production and broadcasting of tournaments focused on the likes of League of Legends, Valorant, and Wild Rift, some of the most exciting and popular esports titles in the business. Now, in order to establish better control and higher production value, Riot Games has opened one of three esports facilities.
Read on and learn everything you need to know about Project Stryker.
Stryking At The Heart of Esports Production
According to a statement published by Riot Games, Project Stryker is the result of three years of intense development. While the first facility has been opened in Dublin, Ireland, there are two more set to follow – one in Seattle, and the other in the APAC region. This follow-the-sun model will ensure that, at all times, Project Stryker is covering any esports tournament being played anywhere in the world.
As one of the first facilities of its kind in the world, Project Stryker in Dublin boasts state-of-the-art technology. It’s operating on a network infrastructure powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will, going forward, act as a lead sponsor at Riot Games’ high-stakes esports tournaments. However, this partnership doesn’t just provide a networking backbone for Project Stryker to operate on, but also a deep, dynamic statistics platform, powered by AWS’ AI and ML systems.
After months of work, the first Project Stryker location is ready to launch into action. Built on the foundations of a former nightclub, the contemporary, high-tech facility has reportedly created more than 120 new jobs in the local Dublin area.
The Next Generation of Gaming
This expansion is certainly a welcome one, as the esports industry is set to exceed expectations and grow to a value of $1.8 billion by the end of 2022. With each passing year, the esports industry grows exponentially, maturing with each new step. We’re seeing unprecedented levels of expansion and investment, and some of the top brands in the space are evolving to staggering heights. Recently, FaZe Clan took a huge step forward, being listed on the NASDAQ.
Riot Games is setting a new standard in esports broadcasting with the creation of the Project Stryker facility. In a press release from Riot Games, it was explained that:
These facilities will help productions create unique shows across a variety of languages bringing the global esports experience closer to home. They will also feature AR/XR sound stages and multi-purpose insert studios to unlock more creative production opportunities for our games and entertainment teams.
With esports arenas, gaming venues, and digitally-focused stadiums opening up around the world, a top-tier infrastructure is needed to support the growth. As Riot Games opens up these Project Stryker facilities, other organisers will undoubtedly follow suit.