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Riot Games opens Dublin Esports remote broadcast centre

Newsroom Jul 24, 2022

A total of 120 jobs are being created in Dublin as part of an €18.5 million investment by gaming company Riot Games.

Overview:

  • Riot Games has opened a 50,000+ sq ft remote broadcast centre in Dublin, Ireland, as the first part of Project Stryker, Powered by AWS.
  • The new Dublin facility serves as a central broadcasting hub for regional and global live esports productions across Riot’s trio of esports titles: League of Legends Esports (LoL Esports), Valorant Esports and Wild Rift Esports.
  • It’s the first of three Remote Broadcast Centers (RBCs) making up ‘Project Stryker, Powered by AWS’, Riot’s approach to global broadcast production, with the other two set to open in early 2023 (Seattle) and Q1 2024 (APAC).

As the first stage of Project Stryker, Powered by AWS, Riot Games has established a 50,000+ sq ft remote broadcast centre in Dublin, Ireland. One of three Project Stryker Remote Broadcast Centers (RBCs) powered by AWS, a unique approach to global broadcast production that will alter live Esports events worldwide, was officially opened by Riot Games on March 1. Riot's three Esports titles: League of Legends Esports (LoL Esports), Valorant Esports, and Wild Rift Esports, all use the Dublin RBC of Project Stryker as their core broadcasting centre for regional and worldwide live Esports production. The Dublin RBC, which produces, broadcasts, and distributes material in several languages to millions of Esports fans across the globe, may receive broadcast feeds from tournaments around the world during live Esports competitions.

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A tremendously exciting day for Riot, Esports fans and players all across the globe, said Riot Games' President of Esports, John Needham. This spectacular state-of-the-art creative space, complete with a disco ball, further increases Riot's presence in the city and demonstrates the profound linkages to entertainment and creativity found in Dublin. 'Project Stryker' has gone a long way." We couldn't have picked a more refined place for Project Stryker's European headquarters.

A New Era of Entertainment Takes Over an Iconic Dublin Venue

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Due to the quality of its infrastructure, position in the European market, a pool of available talent, and strategic positioning as a member of the global Esports ecosystem, they chose Dublin as the first of three worldwide sites to host Project Stryker RBCs. They chose the old Wright Venue in Swords after a lengthy search in the Dublin region.

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One of Dublin's best-known entertainment venues, Project Stryker Dublin, will continue to generate approximately 6,300 production hours per year for broadcasting and event production professionals and sound, lighting, and graphic design. There are now 165 people in Riot's City Centre headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, responsible for business operations, development, engineering, localization and player support.

Project Stryker: A Masterclass in Global Collaboration

The VALORANT Champions Tour and Wild Rift Esports join LoL Esports as Riot's three internationally organized Esports competition series in the first-person shooter (FPS), mobile MOBA, and online MOBA categories, respectively, as Riot's three globally managed Esports competition series. The rapid expansion of live Esports competitions and broadcast productions in all three Esports, both regionally and internationally, was the impetus for Riot to develop a production solution that is both cost-effective and global in scope, reflecting the company's future investments in Esports and technology.

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As part of Project Stryker, a "follow-the-sun" broadcast paradigm is used to facilitate live Esports productions around the clock. Riot Direct, the worldwide private internet service provider that powers every Riot game packet for every player across the globe, delivers live feeds back to the RBC during a live Esports event using a modest contributor kit on-site. To produce a variety of shows in various languages, the video feeds are then routed to control rooms for further processing.

Besides content development, each RBC will be a primary storage and shipping facility for worldwide competition gear, emphasizing quality control for equipment utilized by Esports professionals at Riot's global Esports events. Project Stryker also includes content storage in the form of data centres and media content vaults in each geographical location, ensuring that all of the material stored there is preserved and accessible in the future.

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To a large extent, Project Stryker's worldwide cooperation can be traced back to the several suppliers and partners that played a crucial role in making it a reality. A worldwide partner of Riot Games since 2020, Cisco has helped Riot Esports upgrade its infrastructure, use sophisticated technologies to enhance video processes, and increase capacity for new games and concepts.

Project Stryker is now "Powered by AWS" as its official cloud artificial intelligence (AI), cloud machine learning (ML), deep cloud learning (DL), and cloud services provider as part of a new worldwide relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced this week.

Building A Foundation for the Future of Sports, Entertainment

Project Stryker's effect will extend beyond Esports broadcasts as Riot Gaming continues to develop a new type of entertainment business with built-in games. Spaces like the AR/XR sound stages and multi-purpose insert studios featured in Project Stryker RBCs let Riot's game and entertainment teams explore new avenues of creative development. At the same time, the media content vault keeps Esports archives available for future viewing.

As Needham says, "all we do at Riot is geared toward making billions of Esports fans across the globe happy." To achieve this aim and improve watching sports for some of the most enthusiastic fans in the world, Riot's Project Stryker's capabilities are ideal. I can't express how much I appreciate the efforts of our team at Riot, who worked relentlessly to bring our Dublin RBC to fruition, and who continue to grind around the clock on the following stages of Project Stryker, which will be live in the next two years.."

Earlier last month, Project Stryker Dublin hosted its first worldwide event, Wild Rift Icons, and is presently sponsoring VALORANT Masters 2 in Copenhagen. The second RBC is now under construction in the greater Seattle region and is expected to be completed in early 2023. In Q1 of 2024, the last Project Stryker RBC will begin entire operations in the APAC region.

You can also download the Tournafest app from Google Play or App Store to play Esports Tournaments & Scrims games like BGMI, Free Fire MAX, Call of Duty, CS: GO, Valorant, Pokemon Unite & win exciting rewards! You may also organize Tournaments & fetch unmatched perks.

Until next time,

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