AUSTIN, Texas — Feb. 22, 2022 — BeckTV, a premier systems integrator for the broadcast media industry, worked with Ross Video to design and implement broadcast-quality multimedia systems at Localhost at The Block in Philadelphia. This new esports campus is owned by Nerd Street Gamers and is the first of its kind in the nation.
The 40,000-square-foot campus, known as The Block, not only functions as Nerd Street Gamers’ new corporate headquarters, but also includes — among other things — global broadcast studios; a Localhost gaming and esports facility for hosting community, scholastic, amateur, and pro-level tournaments that get streamed worldwide; and a bank of 150 top-of-the-line gaming stations that locals can rent to compete against other gamers in the facility or online.
“We are thrilled to have built a world-class, state-of-the-art broadcast facility designed for esports events here in Philadelphia,” said Todd Berman, vice president of media at Nerd Street Gamers. “Our control room, studio, and caster area at Localhost at The Block elevate in-person experience and online tournaments to the next level. We are grateful that BeckTV and Ross Video partnered with us to develop a toolset to create the highest quality content for the community.”
“We’ve provided Nerd Street Gamers with a highly reliable, broadcast-centric system,” said BeckTV’s Matt Weiss, vice president of business development who helped design and implement the project. “Now that the system is based on broadcast-quality equipment, it provides the best possible experience for viewers and players.”
Together, BeckTV and Ross Video designed the system, with Ross Video providing expertise in esports implementations, equipment recommendations, APIs, and most of the equipment. The solution includes:
34-foot by 5-foot LED ribbon package designed and installed by Greg Gerner Inc.
Ross Carbonite Ultra production switchers driven by touch screens running Ross DashBoard™ rather than traditional hardware panels
Ross 96 x 96 Ultrix 3G router/AV processor with built-in MultiViewers
Panasonic 4K Professional PTZ cameras and a Panasonic wireless camera
Six-channel Ross Mira replay system with four recording channels and two playouts
Three-channel Ross XPression CG and graphics system
RTS OMS Digital Party Line with Roameo Wireless beltpacks
Epiphan Pearl Nano All-In-One Video Production System – Streamer and Recorder for sending live RSS streams to Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook
“We’re delighted to have worked with BeckTV on this flagship new facility for Nerd Street Gamers,” commented Phil Englert, Ross Video’s business development manager for esports. “It’s another impressive esports hub that will bring together pro and amateur gamers alike, developing the community and setting new standards for esports production. The number of dedicated esports venues springing up around the world is remarkable, and we’re delighted that so many are choosing Ross to provide the highest levels of quality and flexibility.”
“Being able to apply my 25 years of broadcast engineering experience to an esports venue, along with my countless years of gaming, allowed BeckTV to successfully execute a premier broadcast system,” said Abel Sassenhagen, the BeckTV project engineer who oversaw the project on the ground in Philadelphia. “Now Nerd Street Gamers has a state-of-the-art setup that will satisfy gamers and fans for years to come.”
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About Nerd Street
Nerd Street Gamers (Nerd Street) is a national network of esports facilities and events dedicated to powering competitive opportunities for gamers. The company promotes greater access to the esports industry, laying a national framework for esports talent development and high-quality gaming tournaments. Through Localhost, its gaming and esports centers across the country, the company provides opportunities for gamers of all ages and skill levels to participate in esports tournaments, camps, team training, private events like birthday parties, and hourly play for a wide variety of video games. Nerd Street has received backing from Five Below, Comcast Spectacor, SeventySix Capital, Elevate Ventures, angel investor George Miller, and Founders Fund.
For more information, follow @nerdstreet and nerdstreet.com.
Ross Video – High Impact, High Efficiency Production Solutions
Ross powers live video productions for billions of global viewers daily with the industry’s widest range of high impact, high efficiency solutions and services. Ross makes it easy to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging content for sports stadium screens, entertainment shows and rock concerts, educational institutions, legislative assemblies, corporate presentations, and inspiring content for houses of worship.
Ross solutions have impressed the audiences and marketing partners of Eurosport, BBC World, SKY, Yahoo! Finance, and the international esports powerhouse ESL. Ross provides an unrivalled range of products and services that includes cameras, real-time motion graphics, production switchers, robotic camera systems, augmented reality/virtual studios, video servers, infrastructure and routers, social media management, newsroom systems, and live event production services.
BeckTV is one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators. With nearly 40 years of experience, BeckTV has designed and built more professional television facilities for more customers than any other systems integrator. In virtually every application from broadcast and cable networks, local TV stations, sports trucks, and stadium venues to educational institutions and houses of worship, BeckTV uses a collaborative approach to assure successful outcomes, on time, and on budget. The company maintains full-service offices in New York and Austin, as well as an engineering office in Washington, D.C. More information about BeckTV is available at www.becktv.com.
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Photo Caption: Nerd Street Gamers Control Room
Photo Caption: Nerd Street Gamers Venue Images
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