Manchester City with VR

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      During May of 2016, Manchester City partnered with Sky Sports and LiveLike to become one of the first few soccer teams to take the first step in implementing VR technology in order to allow fans to final watch sports in VR. Using the brand new technology the Manchester City team was able to provide its fans with a unique VR experience to watch the first English Premier League match live in virtual reality, which by the sound of it seems like a dream come true for any fan.

      This isn’t the clubs first try to implement virtual reality to enhance the viewing experience of the customers but is a continuation of the trails they held back in 2015 when City, Sky Sports and app development collaborators LiveLike gave Blues the opportunity to view a premiere league live in VR. Utilizing the new software technology, the club was able to provide its viewers with the ability watch highlights from multiple matches between 2015 – 2016 in VR, using a Samsung Gear VR headset. By using the Samsung Gear VR headset the fans can point a camera icon placed on the field to watch the match from that prospective and effortlessly follow the action as it plays out providing a whole other level of immersion to view sports.

      “Our trial with live VR last season was eye-opening, with fans reacting in awe of the immersive nature of the experience,” Diego Gigliani, Senior Vice President of Media and Innovation at City Football Group, said in a statement. “With the launch of CityVR on the Oculus platform, we’re now able to let millions of fans around the world experience that same content also.”

      The CityVR app is now available to download for free from the Oculus store and offers exclusive content to City fans around the world as well as offering player information and in-game statistics. Going by the feedback and response from both the club and CityVR developers it is certainly more than possible that we might get a full-fledged VR app that will allows us to watch VR sports in real time as they air.

      “Working with Manchester City has been great for us and our collaboration last season really allowed us to showcase our live streaming capabilities to the broadcast community,” Miheer Walavalkar, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of LiveLike, said in a statement. “With their help, we’ve now been able to create a tailored VR experience for their fans.” - Virtual Reality Forum, Blog and Videos
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