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X Games to live-stream Virtual Reality video for the first time

July 14, 2017

This year’s X Games are available to view in 360-degree virtual-reality video via an online streaming service.

ESPN, hosts of the event, have teamed up with Samsung Electronics in order to provide this thrilling, new virtual experience for their fans – unlike anything they have ever done before.

A series of three events – Skateboard Vert, BMX Street and Skateboard Street Amateurs – will all be live streamed to 48 countries via the Samsung VR app.

Each of the events will be shot on 360-degree camera systems, which will give the footage a multi-dimensional quality and provide an intimate viewing experience for fans.

Vice president of the ESPN X Games, Tim Reed, said: “X Games has always been a laboratory for innovation and progression, both for the world’s top action sport athletes and for ESPN’s production of events and use of technology.

“We are always pushing to create new and better ways for fans to experience and interact with X Games.”

Whilst virtual reality has been increasingly used as means of technological progression for a multitude of sports – both traditional and non-traditional – ESPN’s X Games have been the hub for leading technological advancements in recent times, particularly due to their attraction of millennials.

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