NextVR, a technology company pioneering capture and delivery of live and on-demand virtual reality experiences, today announced a partnership with the International Champions Cup (ICC), the annual summer soccer tournament hosted by Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures. NextVR will bring live-streaming virtual reality (VR) to the sold-out International Champions Cup match on July 25 between Manchester United and FC Barcelona at Levi’s® Stadium inSanta Clara. The first ever live VR broadcast of a major soccer tournament, the match will be captured from five premium vantage points on the field and live-streamed to fans, press and VIPs at the stadium, along with select locations worldwide.
NextVR and RSE Ventures aim to introduce fans to a new, highly-immersive way of experiencing a match in real time from anywhere in the world and demonstrates RSE’s desire to partner with new, innovative technologies. Unlike conventional broadcast platforms, virtual reality transports fans to the field where they can follow the action up close. The virtual environment allows viewers the freedom to look around the stadium in any direction at any time.
“We are excited to partner with RSE Ventures and the International Champions Cup on this incredible tournament,” said Brad Allen, Executive Chairman, NextVR. “We are putting fans in places where they would never be able to access in a stadium seat – a groundbreaking event for the world of soccer.”
“Virtual reality will give fans the opportunity to experience live sports like never before,” said Matt Higgins, Co-Founder and CEO of RSE Ventures. “The International Champions Cup live-stream of the Barcelona vs. FC Manchester United match will provide a glimpse of what is in store.”
NextVR is leading the way in providing live, long-form broadcast quality content across all virtual reality devices, to a global audience. NextVR has tested and proven its live delivery platform with the NBA, NHL, MLB, U.S. Open and partnered with FOX Sports earlier this year to broadcast the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in California.
Highlights from the Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona match, as well as other premium experiences, will be available soon on NextVR’s portal for use with any virtual reality device, including Oculus Rift, Sony Morpheus, Samsung GearVR, and HTC Vive.