May 25, 2021

As the Covid-19 lockdown continued, existing Audience of the Future Challenge award-holders launched their projects, to work within the limits presented by lockdown.

The second part of this video series reveals how these projects survived and thrived, to launch new experiences that had been adapted to changing audience behaviours in the face of Covid-19.

In part two of this three part video diary series, hear from Andy Elliot (Lead Virtual Studio Developer) at DOCK10 and Jess Payne (Project Manager) at Future Visual. The creators share how AI-driven, mixed reality Esports platform WEAVR launched a new version of its experimental platform to reflect changing consumer habits due to lockdown, creating a new way of immersive esports viewing.

LAUNCHED: New Immersive Experience for Remote Esports Audiences

This AI-driven mixed reality platform launched a new version of its experimental platform in May 2020, creating the world’s first online-only Esports tournaments. Weavr is revolutionising the way fans experience Esports. It is a groundbreaking technology platform that uses live and historic data to create meaningful and highly personalised mixed-reality experiences for esports and sports fans alike.

To support conventional sports, the technology is being explored as a new way of engaging remote audiences. Watch audiences try the WEAVR prototype here (YouTube).

Weavr incorporates immersive experiences for remote audiences that seamlessly stretch across virtual and physical spaces, multiple displays, mobile devices, VR video telepresence and augmented reality overlays, enabling viewers to teleport in between the live arena, virtual game worlds and augmented living rooms.

Read more about the Weavr project at: 


Weavr Dota 2 Companion – Apps on Google Play
Weavr Companion on the App Store


In part one of the WEAVR video series, the project team revealed how they found new ways to work, adjusting their projects to plan new experiences that worked in a Covid world. 

In the first edition of the series, we heard how the creators behind the projects originally due to launch through the pandemic, pivoted amidst the extreme limits presented by lockdown.

This video diary is part of a project consisting of a 3 part visual diary filmed and recorded with each of the four Audience of the Future demonstrators (funded by UK Research and Innovation), to document their journeys in meeting the new challenges brought about by the impact of Covid19.

All of the demonstrator project teams were asked to record their progress as ‘video diaries’ to comply with Covid 19 restrictions. All video diaries in this series can be seen in The Covid Diaries playlist on YouTube and to stay up to date on the latest from each project – sign up to the Audience of the Future newsletter.