Sportec Solutions acquires majority stake in goal line technology and VAR provider Vieww in five year deal for Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2
Sportec Solutions, the sports technology joint venture between Deltatre and the Deutsche Football League (DFL), has purchased a majority shareholding in Vieww, a provider of goal-line technology (GLT) and video assistant referee (VAR) solutions.
Sportec Solutions will use Vieww technology in a deal that will run for an initial five years, beginning next season (2022-23). The deal encompasses all Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 games including relegation play-offs and Super Cup fixtures as well as DFB competitions matches.
The majority acquisition will allow global sports federations to benefit from continued investment into, and development of, a cutting edge and comprehensive video officiating system, as well as future integration between Vieww’s officiating services and camera technology, and STS’s advanced data capture and analysis ecosystem.
In addition, Sportec Solutions and Vieww will tap into Deltatre’s fan engagement and technological expertise, and work in partnership to expand its products with a focus on developing innovative, engaging solutions around officiating, and future-proofing leagues’ owned data and video ecosystems.
Additionally, DFB Schiri – a new venture that launched in January 2022, which runs the German elite referees used in the Bundesliga, 2nd Bundesliga, Third League and DFB Cup – has appointed Sportec Solutions as the new officiating technology partner for the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2.
Vieww is a FIFA-inspected provider of GLT and VAR. It supplies next generation officiating systems for football and other major sport federations. The company utilises advanced smart camera technology, continuously synchronised to a microsecond. In addition to fully automatic goal detection, all cameras provide 200 HD images per second for analysis and verification of critical goal area scenes.
Andrea Marini, CEO at Deltatre, said: “This agreement is testament to the growth and development of Sportec Solutions and underlines the ambition we have for the company. We know there is an incredible pace of development in this space, which is why we’re delighted to be working with a forward-thinking and talented team at Vieww. We believe we’re bringing together best-in-class data provision and a leading officiating system. We are looking forward to the next Bundesliga season, where we’ll see this capability in action.”
Hendrik Weber, MD at Sportec Solutions: “We are delighted to integrate Vieww’s expert team and market-leading technology into the Sportec Solutions organisation. The opportunities afforded by a fully integrated data and officiating ecosystem, coupled with Deltatre’s fan engagement expertise, represent a significant and exciting evolution in our proposition for leagues and federations.”
Florian Götte, MD at DFB Schiri, added: “We believe this is the beginning of an exciting partnership. We focus on providing a reliable referee assistance technology, that is based on our needs for refereeing in professional football. Besides that, we want to develop existing technologies and innovative solutions to further improve refereeing on and off the pitch. We are looking forward to our partnership with Sportec Solutions.”
Founded in 2016 and based in Munich, Germany, Sportec Solutions is a joint venture between global sports and entertainment technology provider, Deltatre, and DFL. Sportec Solutions offers advanced gathering, storage, analysis and distribution of detailed, live match data to clubs, licensees, partners, and clients.
In November 2020, Deltatre acquired a majority shareholding of Sportec Solutions. As part of that agreement, its offering, which is concentrated in Germany, became available to the international market.