For the first time ever, ESPN’s X Games, in collaboration with Samsung Electronics, will bring selected live events to fans in virtual reality at the inaugural X Games Minneapolis from July 13th to 16th. Three X Games disciplines – Skateboard Vert, BMX Street and Skateboard Street Amateurs – will be streamed live exclusively to 48 countries on Samsung Gear VR through the Samsung VR app.
The three featured X Games events will be shot on 360-degree camera systems to create a fully produced, multi-camera live stream experience that includes real-time graphics, X Games talent and feature segments integrated into Samsung VR. ESPN and Samsung are working with Digital Domain, an industry-leading VR production company, to let fans experience the X Games like never before, with views of each event that put them into the action in Minneapolis no matter where they are across the globe.
“X Games has always been a laboratory for innovation and progression, both for the world’s top action sports athletes and for ESPN’s production of events and use of technology,” said Tim Reed, vice president, ESPN X Games. “We are always pushing to create new and better ways for fans to experience and interact with X Games. Working with Samsung to produce these three great events for Gear VR is an awesome example of that.”