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Posted 2006-06-27 by Tony Walsh
CCP, maker of the popular, massively multiplayer sci-fi game EVE Online, has announced that it will be broadcasting live audio and video programs across the `net from its offices between July 14 and 23, 2006. The broadcast coincides with a planned tournament, allowing viewers to see and hear all 95 matches with commentary. A high and low quality video stream will be provided, as well as an audio-only stream for those who prefer it.

Planned features include a tour of the CCP offices, information about the company's in-house magazine (which pays writers with in-game cash), and live interviews with CCP developers. A crew of colourfully-aliased assistants will be lending a helping hand, according to CCP: "DJ Xyliana will be directing the whole thing, with Urban Mongral as producer. Additionally DJ Xod, DJ Xman, JusJack, SpiralJunkie and Hinik will all be assisting us making this happen." Players are invited to contribute their high-quality in-game videos--details available in the game's official forums.

Live, sports-style audio broadcasts of tournaments are nothing new in the gaming world, but video is beginning to catch up. The so-called Major Gaming League is working with the USA Network to bring televised game matches to American viewers, while U.S. digital cable network DIRECTV plans to feature video game tournament coverage on its upcoming "Massive Gaming League" planned for launch this year. Microsoft has patented its own brand of video-gaming spectatorship while Gamecaster has introduced a sports camera built to shoot in-game footage as if immersed in the action.
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