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FAN Take: Wait, Is That Real?

Posted on December 18, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

In case you missed it last week during Thursday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens debuted a new mixed-reality feature. During their win over the New York Jets (who didn’t see that coming?), a computer-generated raven appeared in live camera views of the stadium. And before you ask, no, the audiences didn’t see the raven flying above them. Instead, they saw it on the in-venue LED screens, seemingly flying above where they were sitting. Eric Burak of The Famous Group, who made the whole experience happen, explained: “Prior to the event we scanned and mapped the entire stadium to scale so the Raven can interact with the environment in real-time, mirroring and reacting to the lighting conditions, casting shadows, and even landing on the goal post in the stadium… making it feel real.”

We’ve seen something similar to this before – anyone remember the insane Elder Dragon from the League of Legends Worlds in 2017? The folks at Riot Games, including our Head of Content Ariel Horn, debuted (and won an Emmy for) the Elder Dragon’s appearance during the Opening Ceremony. How could they top that? Well, the same people unveiled a special K-pop augmented reality performance to not only wow viewers, but also promote their new K/DA skins during the LoL Worlds in 2018.

As you can see from the above tweet, we asked the fans how they would feel about us deploying something similar for Kinda Funny’s team, assuming the fans do as promised and name the team the Milk Mommies. The general consensus was that fans were into it, but the responses mostly came from the Kinda Funny fans. What about the rest of you – do you want to see your mascots come to life while calling plays? Maybe you’d prefer to see AR versions of your players taunting the other team? Or maybe you want to be able to deploy something distracting during your opponent’s last few seconds of voting before a crucial play? Let us know how you want to see AR included in the FCFL!

Power To The Fans!

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