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2022 INTEGRATION AWARDS esports
Horizon AVL:
Kean University Esports Arena
Kean University Esports Arena worked with Horizon AVL/Esports Integration to build an
engaging community space for its esports program. By Amala Reddie
THE KEAN UNIVERSITY Esports Arena is a
premier collegiate esports venue featuring
spaces for competition with spectator
seating, broadcast, general gaming and
consoles. In designing the space, Horizon
AVL/Esports Integration says the campus
community, curriculum implementation and
requirements of competition were all taken
into consideration for the layout, equipment
and overall theming of the project.
The competition space features a large
LED wall that can be used to create broadcast
backgrounds or create matrix views
of the gamers and their gameplay. By integrating
LED light strips in the floors, ceiling
and custom-built desks, the competition is
taken to a new level regardless of whom is
competing. In addition to the visuals of the
space, careful consideration went into the
room audio to create a complete experience
for all spectators.
Scope of the Project
Equipped with 24 Acer Orion gaming
stations, the general gaming space is able
to handle everything the university requires
from a hardware standpoint. Whether having
practices and clubs, academic classes,
or after-hours gaming sessions, this space
has the university covered for years to come.
Broadcast is an integral part of the gaming
world so Kean University needed to be
equipped with all tools necessary to both
teach and produce a high-level broadcast.
By utilizing multiple PTZ cameras,
12 POV cameras in the competition space
and feeds from each competition PC, the
university will be able to create effective
broadcast content.
To further create a community feel, a console
space was developed for students to
play their favorite console games together.
From Super Smash to Madden, this space
will be greatly utilized for years to come,
says Horizon AVL.
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The competition space at the Kean University Esports Arena features a large LED wall, multiple
PTZ cameras and 12 POV cameras
Initiating the Project
Kean University was initially looking to host an
esports event to get a sense of how esports
would be received on campus. With this in
mind, the university reached out to Horizon
AVL/Esports Integration. After some initial
conversation about the Platform1 services,
the university realized that the demand would
be overwhelming for an esports program on
campus. From here, the project moved over
to IT and facilities to create a space centered
around esports. By guiding them through this
objective, Horizon AVL says it worked with
them to design and build a space wrapped
around the community and curriculum.
Kean University wanted the esports program
to drive the school into the future in
both athletics and academics. The solution
was to deliver on the Platform1 services,
which is a one-stop solution for all services
needed for academic esports. This includes
facility design and planning, marketing
and branding, curriculum integration,
equipment specification, league and team
development and roadmap planning.
The Installation Process
The esports installation process started with
the design service agreement. Throughout
the process, Horizon AVL created a 3D
design of the space based on the CAD files
and existing room structures. It then worked
with the university's architect to deliver all
necessary drawing sets required for the project
(electrical, line schematics, elevations and
plan view to name a few). With this in place,
the company was able to develop the bill of
materials needed to accomplish the design.
However, due to COVID-19 delays, this process
took several months to complete.
Once everything was finalized with the
design, the project then moved into the
build phase. Here, the team worked with
the architects and other trades to build out
the esports arena. Due to product delays,
the installation process required about
nine months to complete, but Horizon AVL
says it worked through those delays to provide
a turnkey esports arena from design
through installation.
Kean University describes the entire experience
with Horizon AVL as " wonderful. "
Equipment Highlights
Platform1 PTZ cameras LED wall
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