Hollywood Riviera Studios Reaffirms Commitment to eSports With Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment renewed their inaugural sound stage rental and production service contract with Hollywood Riviera Studios – a move that further launches the studio’s involvement with the rapidly growing eSports industry.
Services that will be extended include sound-stage space (needed to house the massive Hearthstone custom-built set), high-definition control room including the transmission for the international live streaming of tournaments, production office space, player lounges, and postproduction office space for round-the-clock editing. In addition, the studio will provide media space to accommodate the international press profiling the eSports players and winners from all over the world.
The long term production contract expands Hollywood Riviera Studios’ participation into the fast-growing eSports industry.
The eSports industry has witnessed phenomenal growth in the last decade. What started out as a few hundred players and small events rapidly grew to millions of players with huge cash prizes. “I recognized that eSports producers had similar needs to our network clients – they needed not only the space and infrastructure to stream live worldwide, but most importantly the expertise from management and engineering in order to provide a seamless workflow,” says Rolando Nichols, CEO of Hollywood Riviera Studios and HRS Mobile. He continued, “We are able to utilize our experience working with major league sporting events and large live events such as the Rose Parade and X Games to become the perfect solution.”
With over 50 million players, Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play collectible card video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. The game has been favorably reviewed by critics and a successful franchise for Blizzard. The game is a popular eSport, with annual cash prize tournaments attended by players worldwide.