Let's Play Live (LPL) is a great new company that is increasing the awareness of eSports in the country of New Zealand. The organisation has now released a fancy looking studio so it can broadcast video game tournaments on both TV and online around the world.
FutureFiveNZ was invited to take a tour of the new facility and it's really fancy. The place has a lot of state of the art equipment, computers and consoles for people to stream and broadcast gameplay.
The place is also where commentary can take place so people from New Zealand and all around the world can listen to all of the newest gaming action. This is the first facility of its kind in New Zealand.
LPL also told us its main goal is to increase the eSports and video gaming streaming community here in New Zealand. This new studio allows them to showcase that playing video games is now a viable career option for young people.
LPL Director, Duane Mutu, says the opening of LPL Studios is a major milestone for the company. ”The opening of LPL Studios will see a leap forward in our ability to create and broadcast eSports tournaments in Australasia. It will also provide New Zealand with the infrastructure to develop the eSports industry locally and create a platform for emerging professional talent to turn their hobby into a career competing internationally.”
It's more than just video gamers that can get jobs in the eSports industry. This studio opens doors for others like future commentators, event planners and more.
SKYCITY Group Chief Operating Officer Michael Ahearne says this about the partnership: "We’re proud partners of LPL, and excited that our Sky Tower will be home to these amazing studios. As an entertainment company, we are looking to the future and we recognise the exciting opportunity to invest in the growth of LPL and the esports industry in New Zealand.”
The first LPL studios broadcast starts on February 15th, 2018 beginning with the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament being held later this month. In the past, LPL has helped stage other gaming tournaments such as Tekken 7, NBA 2K, Gran Turismo Sport and more.
You can also watch the behind the scenes video below to have a look at the facility yourself. Keep it locked at FutureFiveNZ to know all about the new eSports news in New Zealand.