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Aiming to use its new infrastructure to profit from the popularity of the activity, SK Telecom has unveiled three virtual reality and augmented reality services over its 5G network to offer a more realistic and immersive experience when watching eSports games.
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The three comprise Jump AR, LCK (League of Legends (LoL) Champions Korea) VR Live Broadcasting and VR Replay.

The former is an augmented reality service that takes users to an eSports stadium, LoL Park, through their smartphone screens. When accessing the Jump AR app, a virtual portal to LoL Park in Seoul appears on the screen. If users take a few steps towards the virtual portal, they are transported to the virtual LoL Park. By moving their smartphones around, users can get a 360-degree view of LoL Park’s interior, leave AR messages of support, watch greeting videos of players, and also read messages left by other eSports fans.

SK Telecom says that it has applied a hyper-immersive space platform and real-time tracking technology to allow users to freely navigate the virtual LoL Park. Users can also take fan selfies through 3D facial recognition and realistic AR rendering technologies.

LCK VR Live Broadcasting allows users to watch eSports players close-up through the 360-degree VR cameras installed in LoL Park while enjoying the cheers from actual audience in real time. VR Replay is a new eSports video content that provides highlights from the perspective of characters in the game. By wearing VR headsets, users can watch 360-degree battle scenes from characters’ point of view.

SK Telecom says that in this application it has applied an advanced technology that combines separate scenes into a 360-degree video content. It will provide LCK VR Live Broadcasting and VR Replay through SKT-5GX section of oksusu.

“With new 5G immersive technologies, SK Telecom has realised unprecedented eSports broadcasting services and content,” said Jeon Jin-soo, vice president and head of 5GX service business division of SK Telecom. “We will continue to develop innovative 5G services to offer immersive experiences for customers.”