According to a very recent report by Variety magazine, the broadcast of ELEAGUE’s upcoming Street Fighter V Invitational will introduce the use of player eye-tracking. Much like the virtual first-down marker or digital “strike-zone” indicators traditionally seen in football and baseball TV programs, the technology features the use of a similar visual aid that tracks the players eye movements for the viewers to observe and analyze.
ELEAGUE has used player eye-tracking once before, namely during a 2017 pro tournament for the popular and competitive shooter CS:GO, but this is the first time the technology has been used for a major fighting game tournament, with an audience as large as the series’ collective Twitch and TBS viewers.
While there are certain to be both fans and critics of this new strategic assistance, Robert Occhialini, VP of Turner Sports, assures that the decision was made with the viewers in mind. “As esports continue to grow, technology presents unique opportunities for fans to have a window into the decision-making of these highly-skilled pro players,” says Occhialini.
ELEAGUE’s 2018 Street Fighter V Invitational kicks off today, June 1st, 3:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PT) on Twitch. Fans who tune in can get the first glance at how — or if — this type of visual tech fits into the world of competitive fighting games.