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OZ Sports uses Augmented Reality to put football fans at the heart of closed-door broadcasts

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OZ Sports partners with RVX to launch OZ ARENA, using innovative AR technologies that are set to bring fans from home into live broadcasts when football resumes in the wake of COVID-19.

Virtual fans can personalise their experience with their own avatars, club shirts, genuine cheers from home via an app – and even appear in their preferred seat.

OZ ARENA while standalone, also forms part of the OZ Connected Stadium, the one-stop-solution for leagues and federations to augment their sports by capturing, enhancing and distributing content.

Throughout history, there have been pivotal moments of disruption that have completely redefined the norm. Coronavirus is accelerating change, almost subconsciously, that will completely change the face of business, industry, our entire daily life, including sport.

When football returns post-lockdown, it will be in unprecedented circumstances. For the millions of match-starved fans around the world, there won’t be a quick fix to live match withdrawal symptoms once Coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Yet, there are opportunities for federations, leagues and broadcasters to transform and revolutionise the home viewing experience.

Venues might be physically deserted, but through cutting edge augmented reality and visual effects – the likes of which have been embraced in the world of esports and streaming – fans will still be able to be at the heart of the action. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Introducing the new game: welcome to OZ ARENA.

OZ Sports and RVX, whose most recent work has been seen in various Hollywood blockbuster movies and TV series, are rolling out new technology and services for rights-holders of leagues to make the experience more engaging for the fans.

With the new solution, which also integrates into the wider OZ Connected Stadium, spectators can be dynamically added to live broadcasts with the use of advanced augmented reality technology. Fans can pick their avatar, club’s shirt, have their face painted, and even appear in the stadium in their favourite seat. Fans can also get their voice heard, by participating as either audio-only or with immersive visual participation in the live broadcast.

OZ ARENA tech can either completely replace the stadium entirely or augment spectators into existing empty stadiums. The process is added to each camera feed in the workflow opening up support for multi-camera processing.

OZ ARENA has advanced audio support, where fans can use an app to add live audio to the broadcast. The servers aggregate all fan audio, using low-latency time synchronisation and AI algorithms, to manage volume levels, enabling fans to yell as loudly as they like remotely, without overpowering the audio stream. These solutions enable broadcasts to maintain full integrity and sound effects during fan-free games.

“Due to Coronavirus, we will see more games to be played behind closed doors with bans on large-scale public events. It is our job to keep the experience still as exciting as during the non-pandemic world. We do that by learning from esports, bringing new exciting elements into the real-world broadcasts. Our augmentation filters can be customised based on the branding strategy and the creative plan of the league,” said Gudjon Gudjonsson, CEO of OZ Sports.

“The idea is to protect the integrity and experience of the game, by turning the attention away from the empty stadium, and instead replacing it with appealing surroundings to make the game more interesting, and as close to reality as possible. These are times to explore and experiment, to make sports even more appealing and to bring it closer to the latest developments in esports” continued Gudjonsson.

“We have brought together world-class 3D visual artists, developers and technologists, with a range of honours and awards – including numerous Emmys, VES and D&AD Awards,” said Dadi Einarsson, CEO of RVX. He continues: “The team for this solution has previously delivered visual effects for blockbusters films, TV, video games and VR projects including Everest, Gravity, The OA, 2 Guns and Sherlock Holmes. Our experience with AAA quality visuals coupled with cutting edge AI and AR solutions put us in the perfect spot.”

The AI and machine learning team include PhDs and specialists on both player and ball tracking that have developed a low-latency perception framework for a detailed semantic understanding of sports games. This framework is a combination of state-of-the-art object detectors, trackers and classifiers which are trained to perform in sports environments. OZ Sports technology can uncover the true state-space of the sport and infer meaningful sport-specific abstractions from the game from velocity vectors in a 3-dimensional space.

The OZ ARENA solution can be applied to live production as a per-match service. It supports both audio-only and the full immersive audio-visual solution. The OZ ARENA system is an integrated part of the OZ Connected Stadium, and can also be installed at broadcaster’s facility, OB truck, or at the stadium.

Rights-holders and broadcasters can contact OZ Sports for quotes on deployments by visiting www.oz.com.

 

About OZ Sports:

OZ Sports mission is to give every sports league affordable technologies to create immersive and spectacular video experiences with no sacrifice in quality.

Centred around our global roll-out of the OZ Connected Stadium system at sports venues worldwide. A simple, one-time setup, offering sports leagues an outstanding fan experience with exceptional production, VAR, visual augmentations, player tracking, and global distribution via branded apps.

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How to win at Online Casino Games

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Online casino comes with lots of benefits. The rate and size of winning at online casinos are higher than the brick and mortar casinos. Players have the opportunity to shop around for casinos that offer more attractive bonuses and promotions. With land-based casinos, this is almost impossible. With online casino, you’ll find huge collections of games and many opportunities to win. If you’re new to online gaming or you’re looking for better strategies to make more money at online casino games, the tips shared by lvbet.lv in this post will be of great help to you.

Winning Tips at Online Casino Games

  • Sign up with a good online casino

Your gaming experience is determined largely by the online casino you sign up with. You need to research to find a good casino that can offer you everything that will make your casino experience exciting. You should sign up with a casino with a huge game collection. It should also have a transparent and fair gaming system. The payment options and customer supports are also critical things to check out for. Some other things you should look out for in an online casino include the licenses and regulation of the casino, players’ reviews, game options, years of existence, bonuses and promotions, wagering requirements, reliability and reputable, and others.

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Online casinos offer bonuses and promotions to attract and retain players. Although this is a marketing strategy, you can still take advantage of the offer and make some winnings from it. Some casino sites offer promotions and bonuses with minimal requirements. Some others offer free spins to let you try new games. Check out all the offers and settle for the ones that will earn you the best money without much investment.

  • Focus on Games that you’re good at

It’s normal to want to try out new games. However, if you want to make money while playing, it’s better to stick to games that you’re familiar with, especially if you’re playing for real money. You can use free spins to try new games but if you’re investing money, stay with games that you understand. Before you start playing a game with real money, ensure you understand the rules and strategies of the game. Practice as much as you can before you play for money.

  • Give the Big Jackpot a try

Of course, most jackpot games depend on luck but nothing says lady luck can’t smile on you. If you want to make big money at an online casino, jackpots are the best way to get it. However, before you place a wager, understand that the bigger your potential winning, the bigger the risk you’re exposed to. Make sure you understand this before you commit your money.

  • Gamble Responsibly

Don’t gamble with money you cannot afford to lose. There’s nothing guaranteed with gambling. The chances you have to win are the same you have to lose. Therefore, count your cost before you go into it.

Conclusion

Now that you know what you can do to make more money in your online casino games, it’s time to get started. However, always check the wagering requirements of any offer before you accept it.

 

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Elys Game Technology Appoints Matteo Monteverdi as CEO

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Elys Game Technology has announced the appointment of Matteo Monteverdi as its Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 January 2021.

Monteverdi served as an independent strategic advisor to the Company since March 2020, and in September 2020 was appointed as the President. Michele Ciavarella will continue in his current role as Executive Chairman of the Company.

“We are honored to welcome one of most accomplished and recognized gaming executives in the industry to our team. Matteo brings over 20 years of industry experience, including an amazing track record in the betting, gaming and technology sectors. In the short time since joining the Company, he has already demonstrated his leadership and continuous innovation. We believe his experience in driving organic revenue growth, combined with his background in M&A, will help accelerate growth in both our online and land-based retail channels,” Michele (Mike) Ciavarella, Chairman and CEO of Elys Game Technology, said.

“Over the past 9 months, I have had an opportunity to fully immerse myself with the Elys team, customers, and technologies. I can confidently state that Elys has built a first-class operation with a strong product foundation and has tremendous potential waiting to be unleashed. Given the convergence of shifts in the US regulatory landscape and technological innovation, Elys is positioned to capitalize on emerging trends as sport betting evolves into new forms of entertainment at the intersection of media and gaming. The Company offers a differentiated omni-channel framework that provides a distinct competitive advantage in this market. Overall, I believe Elys has the potential to become a market leader and capture a significant share of the i-gaming and sports betting markets in Europe and the Americas,” Monteverdi said.

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Aurum Signature Studios Joins Microgaming Network

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Microgaming has announced that Aurum Signature Studios has joined its growing network of exclusive independent game designers.

Aurum will become Microgaming’s first dedicated provider of bespoke slots, creating game designs and themes that are tailor-made exclusively and uniquely for Microgaming operators. Also, Aurum will supply Microgaming with an exclusive range of online slot games for network-wide distribution across its customer base.

“Our studios strategy sees Microgaming work closely with a variety of independent game developers to ensure our content remains varied and innovative. Aurum are a strong addition to our network, and will be helping to address increasing customer demand for uniquely personalised game content. We welcome the team on board,” John Coleman, CEO of Microgaming, said.

“We’re thrilled and honoured to team up with Microgaming. The sheer scale of the company means our games will have further reach via more tier-one operators than any other partner could have offered. It’s our mission to create exciting, innovative games, and we knew we were on the right track when Microgaming chose to exclusively launch Aurum as its bespoke provider,” Madelein Özok, Head of Aurum Signature Studios, said.

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