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Metal League 8 EU Playoffs

 

As part of our work with Hoplon, we were tasked with running the European version of Metal League 8, the esports league for Heavy Metal Machines. This involved organization of their playoffs, as well as a two-day broadcast for the playoffs. This was done in May 2020, and was conducted remotely due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

What we did

For the ML8 playoffs we wanted to upgrade the European broadcast in as many areas as we possibly could. One of our primary additions was a new graphics package, which improved the visuals of the ML8 broadcast greatly. We worked with Hoplon for tournament stats which would be displayed during the holding screens, and our graphics brought a consistent visual feel to the broadcast.

We brought on two shoutcasters to cover the ML8 EU playoffs (one in-house talent, one freelance), which further added to the extra level of professionalism brought to the Metal League broadcasts. As we were working remotely, we had to use a fully online solution for managing the broadcast and including the shoutcasters visually. We managed to include them into our Vmix setup in a manner that fit our broadcast package smoothly. Our remote broadcast went ahead without a hitch!

On top of this, we were required to manage the scheduling, prize handling and administration of the ML8 EU playoffs. Our team of Community Managers worked closely with Hoplon and ensured that our schedule both worked well for players and translated well to broadcast. Overall, we were able to deliver a good experience for the players competing in the ML8 playoffs.

Results

As a result of our work on the broadcast, the Metal League 8 EU broadcast was very well received by the community. Across the board, viewers were impressed by the visual polish and professional feel of the ML8 broadcast, even as it was remote. Hoplon were also quite satisfied with the broadcast as well as our organizational work. We raised the bar quite significantly for Heavy Metal Machines tournament broadcasts, and we hope that we can continue to advance and put on an even better show for the Heavy Metal Machines audience in the future!