By Sundance DiGiovanni
Since MLG Dallas, we've made a lot of changes on the technical level—changes that will ensure that the streams are of the best quality possible, and that the spectator experience, both in the venue and at home, will be top-of-the-line. Our community, players and spectators alike, deserve nothing less than an event of blowout proportions, and that’s exactly what you are going to get in Columbus.
The Streamworks Partnership
To make certain that you can watch the streams at home, uninterrupted and in superb quality, we have partnered with world-class live streaming company Streamworks. Our partnership with Streamworks will begin at MLG Columbus and continue throughout the 2011 Pro Circuit Season. Working together, we have pulled out all the stops.
- The new stream system will affect all games: StarCraft 2, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Black Ops
- In Columbus, we will have two redundant satellite trucks, blasting video signal to two independent satellites.
- The signals will be pulled into multiple data centers and the video feed will be distributed to you through multiple Content Delivery Networks to ensure stability.
- The HQ stream will be available in up to 720p.
- There is no download required; you can watch both the standard and HQ streams directly from the video player on majorleaguegaming.com.
The changes we’ve made ensure that everyone will be able to watch live, and in high quality. But what if you miss a match?
- If you purchase an HQ pass, you will have almost immediate access to rebroadcasts of commentated matches for all three games. We will be making rebroadcasts available to you all weekend right on the site, just a few hours after each match finishes.
- Even if you haven’t purchased an HQ pass, you will be able to see full rebroadcasts on MLG.tv on Monday, the day after the Competition finishes.
Free HQ Friday
- To give you the chance to see our all-new streams for yourself, all of the streams on Friday will be shown in HQ, for free.
- HQ rebroadcasts from Friday’s matches will also be made available to everyone right on the site as the matches are played.
- Starting on Saturday, HQ passes will be available for $10. You can purchase them directly through the on-site player. The pass will give you full HQ access to the entire rest of the Competition, as well as faster access to rebroadcasts.
Better Score Reporting
- Floor staff in the venue will be sending real-time updates to the liveblogs for all games on the site, and to our Twitter feed.
- Brackets will be quickly updated, and will be available on the site all weekend so you can follow exactly what’s happening
- Most StarCraft 2 replays will be available several hours after the match is played.
What’s New for StarCraft 2
To vastly improve the experience of both players and spectators, MLG will have sound-dampening booths for StarCraft 2 players at MLG Columbus and all the rest of 2011’s Pro Circuit Competitions.
- The booths, in combination with noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds, will ensure that the players can’t hear anything happening in the venue.
- Spectators in the venue will be able to hear every word of the commentary for all Main Stage matches.
It’s a new beginning for the MLG Pro Circuit; join us in Columbus for a truly epic experience. Get a spectator pass and come watch live, or watch the streams from home. Either way, you won’t believe how much there is to see.
Please read the official Streamworks Partnership Press Release for more details.