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It’s Game On for White Light at Gfinity Esports Arena

Gfinity 1 © Joe BradyWhite Light has helped to create the ultimate interactive and dynamic gaming experience with the Gfinity Esports Arena in London.

Gfinity is a world-leading esports entertainment group with a reputation for delivering the best live experiences with the highest production values. The organisation recently created the Gfinity Esports Arena at Vue Cinema in Fulham to allow fans to watch head-to-head competition as gamers battle in the Gfinity Elite Series before their very eyes.

WL worked closely with Production Designer Paul Sudlow and Stage Builder Scott Fleary to create an unforgettable gaming experience. WL’s Project Manager Tom Cass comments: “We needed to turn an empty space into an immersive gaming environment that featured three custom-built stages and would house a sold-out arena of gaming fanatics. We saw the 3D model so were aware of how Paul envisaged the space. We then had to supply the technical equipment and expertise to make this a reality”.

Gfinity 3 © Joe BradyThe turn-key solutions that WL supplied included the lighting, video and truss structure. Tom states: “When the players enter the gaming arena, they walk through a hexagon tunnel. We lined the walls with LED video tubes and positioned LED tape on the exterior. Similarly, as the players walked to their gaming booths, we installed pixel flex on the staircase in order to perpetuate the mesmerising effect created by the tunnel”.

The gaming action is live-streamed on two LED video walls which are situated behind the presenter desks. The content is run using disguise 4x4pro media server. Tom states: “We used the disguise 4x4pro as it is one of the few servers powerful enough for a project like this. The gamers are positioned in ten individual units on the stage above and, for each booth, WL supplied Philips ePar 180 LED lights”.

With the Gfinity Elite Series shown on linear TV and streamed online, WL had to draw on lighting that would be suitable for broadcast. The Phoenix Profile was used to light both the gamers and broadcasters whereas the Galaxia LED Soft Lights were used for studio lighting. Tom adds: “Having worked on high-profile broadcasts such as the Rugby World Cup, Euro 2016 and the ITV Racing season, we were able to draw on our experience and offer a suitable solution”.

Gfinity 2 © Joe Brady

The main lighting rig within the arena consisted of ROBE 300s and Spikies to provide even coverage. This was controlled by a LX300 LSC lighting console.

For the build itself, WL had two weeks to work with the designers and acquire the necessary equipment. The company then had just over a week on site to install all of the technology; ensuring the arena was ready for the launch.

Tom adds: “Gfinity is a great example of us working on a high-profile project with a very tight deadline. We were able to enter a space, work closely with the creative team and deliver the exact technical solutions required”.

Photos courtesy of Joe Brady Photography.