Ross Video’s Phil Englert: I Dream of LANs
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Ross Video’s Business Development Manager for Esports, Phil EnglertHe writes for Esports Insider to discuss LAN events and what was missed on remote productions.
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The past year and a half have seen monumental changes for everyone.
Due to the pandemic, everyone plunged deep into their caves of solitude, only the blue light from monitors connected us. The world was shifting to everything remote and the esports industry called for great innovation to continue. Many, like the Ross Production Services team with their Ross Production Cloud system, have continued to deliver esports content to fans without skipping a beat.
In addition to the innovation and growth of the industry, everyone had to grow as people and professionals. Originally, the idea of staging a production in my bathrobe from my room was great. The comfortable comfort and control of my own office was refreshing, and the stress of the live environment changed from “Are we going to capture the story in time?” To “Will my internet connection crash the show around me?”
Ultimately, we have all adjusted to this temporary seclusion and made the best of the situation.
Now it seems that the long-awaited return to “normalcy” is on the cusp. Remote productions, while impressive and innovative, are still missing something and I find myself dreaming of LAN events from the past.
Everyone in the eSports community remembers their first big LAN event – the live spectacle and dazzling environment that blew them away and made eSports tangible and real. The power to see competitors with my own eyes and the incredible Disneyland-quality sets and stages instilled in me a passion unlike anything I’d felt before.
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It’s not just the game or the competition; it is the complete experience that captivates people and envelops them with a flame of fulfillment. The cohesion between the game and the real world created a balance of uninterrupted stimulation. Overstimulation and competition energy radiated through the venue. The colors and dynamic graphics on LEDs make stadiums a work of art.
Beyond the spectacle, there is something even more powerful: a shared experience between people with the same passions and interests.
The energy that is built up among all the fans in the stadium and the excitement that everyone is feeding one another is almost euphoric. This joining the gaming community is what makes LANs so important as it allows people to share the love of gaming in a common space. It creates common ground and brings everyone together as people.
That was what we lacked in the last year of quarantine, and we are so close to getting back on the big stage and regaining that energy.
So I urge everyone to keep hope alive and to keep an eye on the horizon. People may no longer have to dream of LANs when we return to the stands, control room, or main stage while the roar of the crowd binds us all.
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