Production Associates and Fanview select Blackbird Forte for global eSports event

Forbidden Technologies plc, developer and seller of the Blackbird cloud video platform, has announced that Production Associates and Fanview have chosen Blackbird Forte for pre-, live and post-event production at a major forthcoming global eSports event held in Los Angeles.

This month’s event will see professional and celebrity players of one of the world’s most popular computer games competing for charity in front of a live audience and hundreds of thousands more fans online. Premier live event company, Production Associates, has partnered with leading fan experience company, Fanview, to bring all the action to a global audience. The companies will use Blackbird Forte to rapidly clip content from multiple sources at the event and deliver it seamlessly across multiple online platforms and channels.

With a global audience of almost 400 million people, eSports is going through dramatic growth with the sector predicted to generate revenues of $905 million this year – up 38 percent from the previous year.

Production Associates CEO, Michael Thuney, said: “At Production Associates we’re always looking for innovative technologies that support distributed teams and give us the capability of publishing content as quickly as possible, Blackbird allows us to do this.”

Forbidden CEO Ian McDonough said: “We are very proud of this partnership with Production Associates and Fanview. Following previous partnerships established in the US, Blackbird is now building a strong reputation in the world of eSports and this very high profile event is a huge endorsement of the power and trust in the Blackbird codec and the manipulation tools that Forte brings. As the sector grows we expect to see more and more adoption of Blackbird into eSports infrastructure”.

Fanview founder Jim Irving said: “We’re delighted to be working with our partners PA on an exciting project and support the adoption of Blackbird to ensure that it meets the demands of this complex project.”

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