09.09.2015

ESL broadcasts 24/7 program in cooperation with make.tv and announces longterm partnership

(Cologne, Germany) September 9, 2015 - At this year’s IBC, the world’s largest esports company, ESL, and make.tv are presenting a new and jointly developed cloud-based 24/7 TV playout module. The new tech solution has already been successfully implemented into two of ESL’s live 24/7 esports channels on Twitch, with more esports and gaming channels to follow shortly.

ESL and make.tv jointly developed a special edition of the make.tv live video cloud, tailored to the needs of gaming broadcasts. The 24/7 playout module is the first result of that collaboration, with more cloud based live production apps and tools for the global esports market to follow.

ESL will, in cooperation with make.tv, offer technology solutions geared towards esports for flexible programming on streaming platforms, unique content and tailor-made licensing packages. By leveraging the flexibility of the playout technology, along with global TV licensing models and the production capabilities of ESL, the duo aims to increase the standard of broadcast productions in the industry with its newly developed tech offering. The 24/7 playout module is cloud based and therefore truly global; capable of broadcasting to Twitch, YouTube and any other live streaming platform on the market, in parallel. The application will enable ESL and its clients to create compelling 24/7 programs with pre-produced content as well as livestreams.

Key features include easy-to-use scheduling and programing of channels, fully integrated live in- and output solutions und the automation of instream commercials. Furthermore the playout module includes flexible collaboration-ready asset and playlist management.

“make.tv’s technology combined with our experience, content, licensing products and reach in esports are sure to shape the future of live broadcasts in this space,” said Benedikt Kraus, Director Business Development IPTV at ESL. “We look forward to expanding on the current offering as well as evolving our broadcast output.”

ESL content licensing models now allow traditional broadcasters to easily access fully curated esports channels and programs. Each aspect of which is custom designed to fit their market and engage new demographics across the board.

“We are excited to launch this application for esports publishers with such a great partner. ESL is a huge opportunity for us,” said Andreas Jacobi, CEO at make.tv. “We are looking forward to build up a powerful and relevant collaboration to launch great customized solutions for that young and fast evolving esports market.”

Both ESL and make.tv can be found at Booth 3.B40 at this year’s IBC.

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ESL is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Series, StarCraft® II World Championship Series, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and TV production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, North America and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).

The make.tv Live Video Cloud enables broadcasters and publishers to acquire live video from smart phones and professional cameras. Using its cloud-based applications, users can curate live feeds, mix multi-camera productions and simultaneously publish the content to newsroom- or live production environments as well as YouTube, Twitch and other platforms or CDNs. The make.tv Cloud is an open architecture that accepts inputs from a multitude of sources and publishes to any live video enabled destination or 3rd party decoder. Clients include MTV/Viacom, ProSiebenSat.1, ZDF, NTV, Perform, Plazamedia, Axel Springer, Spiegel Online. make.tv is run and owned by SMT Streaming Media Technologies GmbH, based in Cologne, Germany and Los Angeles, USA (www.make.tv).