Virtual meet-and-greets, social watch spaces and exclusive Overwatch League merchandise make their way to Linden Labs’ social VR platform.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the demand for esports is on a meteoric rise. Research predicts the global economy of the industry to reach a staggering $905.6 million by the end of 2018 as commitments by major brands continue to grow by 48%. Thanks to innovative new competitive titles such as Rocket League, Hearthstone and Rainbow Six: Siege, it’s never been a better time to get into competitive professional gaming.
Linden Labs is fully aware of this, which is exactly why the creators of the social VR platform Sansar have teamed up with a few of the teams from one of the fastest-growing esports titles currently on the circuit, Overwatch, to bring a new level of interaction and virtual spectating to fans of the fast-paced FPS. A direct attempt at delivering a virtual viewing experience equivalent to that of a real life event, Sansar provides dedicated spectators with a bounty of exclusive VR goodies.
Partnering with prominent Overwatch teams such as the Houston Outlaws and the San Francisco Shock, fans can participate in virtual photo ops and official meet-and-greets with their favorite players, access exclusive giveaways, view live matches in a custom shared watch space, even show their love by purchasing branded merch from their favorite teams.
“We’ve seen a real need in the esports market for a deeper, more engaging fan experience – something that can go beyond normal spectatorship to really draw people in,” spoke Ebbe Altberg, CEO at Linden Lab, in an official release. “We feel social VR is perfectly poised to meet this need, and we’re thrilled to find forward-thinking esports partners that feel the same – trailblazing teams that recognize VR’s potential and are willing to evolve and innovate to deliver world-class experiences. Their investments in Sansar are investments in their communities.”
Two Overwatch League teams in particular,