Elation lights Intel Extreme Masters
Thursday, 2 May 2019
intel-extreme-masters1Intel Extreme Masters is one of the biggest esports events in the world
Poland - Fans from across the globe turned the Polish city of Katowice into the epicentre of esports in late February for the Intel Extreme Masters tournament. Included in the large lighting and video package used by Warsaw-based technical event production company ARAM were full colour SixBar 1000 and white light DTW Bar 1000 battens along with Fuze Par Z60 luminaires, all from Elation Professional.
Intel Extreme Masters is one of the biggest esports events in the world with a modern multimedia Champions Stage designed especially for the tournament. Held 28 February - 3 March at Spodek Arena in Katowice, players and teams from around the world competed in a variety of games for a prize pool of $2.5m.
The Electronic Sports League (ESL) sanctioned event, sponsored by Intel, is not only a hot ticket to come by, it attracts a huge online audience as well. “Every year we try to introduce something new to the stage look so both the online audience and live audience will be amazed and have a great experience,” said Michal Mrzyglocki, COO and set designer at ARAM. “This year, we set the bar high and I think we managed to meet expectations.”
This year’s design featured large LED screens and a renewed lighting design that featured 650 lighting units. A signature of the 2019 Champions Stage was a scaffold structure used as both a support system and design element. Framing several LED screens positioned behind the teams were meter-long SixBar 1000 battens with 6-color LED multi-chip and a discreet, narrow profile that makes them ideal for outlining applications. Used for its wide palette of colors, Mrzyglocki says it was also a good solution because of its “great-looking” lens.
Providing uplighting as well as backlighting for the players were white light DTW Bar 1000s, colour temperature adjustable LED battens that emulate the look of conventional tungsten fixtures. “Another advantage of the battens was their ability to be positioned close to players without the worry of overheating players, even if they stood nearby,” Mrzyglocki said.
Uplighting the main structure of the stage and bathing the set in a uniform field of colour were Fuze Par Z60s, a silent par luminaire with single-lens RGBW COB LEDs and zoom functionality.
(Jim Evans)

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