SLIVER.tv Raises $6.2 Million Seed Funding, Launches Open Beta of Groundbreaking Immersive 360 VR eSports Platform for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Dota 2
By Scott Green
August 24, 2016
Venture CapitalistsDCM Ventures, Sierra Ventures and The VR Fund Joined by Hollywood Media Investors CAA Ventures, BDMI, and Greycroft Partners to Back Next-Generation eSports Entertainment Platform.
SLIVER.tv announced the close of a $6.2 million seed round of equity funding and the open beta launch of its eSports entertainment platform. Built with cutting-edge, patented technology, SLIVER.tv provides eSports spectators with a uniquely immersive and cinematic experience in 360 and virtual reality (VR).
The SLIVER.tv Platform:
The platform launches today supporting three of the largest eSports titles, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Dota 2, reaching over 140 million monthly players globally. With future expansion plans, SLIVER.tv is launching its app for Android and iOS devices supporting Panorama-360 video for mobile and Google Cardboard for VR. Users can now download the app for free:
Google Play Store- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.sliver.android
Apple App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/app/sliver.tv/id1122750888?mt=8
For more information on SLIVER.tv, visit www.sliver.tv.
Some Sliver.tv FAQ’s:
1. How does the Sliver.tv app differ from other VR and eSports related apps and channels like VReal or Twitch?
VReal is a Unity SDK primarily to stream VR games. Twitch is all about streaming a players point of view (POV) or a players screen using standard 2D video.
Sliver.tv provides a unique technology that embeds virtual cameras inside the top eSports games played on PCs, and captures the 3D game world in full 360-VR video from any POV, optimized for eSports spectators.
2. What can users do in the Sliver.tv app?
Users can watch daily eSports highlights and replays from top League of Legends (LoL) players and popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) pro matches/tournaments, which are auto-generated and curated by Sliver.tv. Additionally, users can view Dota 2, Minecraft and Ansel 360 Cinematics created by the Sliver.tv. Social sharing, comments, and personalized channels are also supported.
3. Can users chat with friends or comment on the games in the app? What other social elements are available?
Yes, users can share comments on specific CS:GO, LoL and Dota 2 highlights and replays. Additionally, users can easily share favorite videos with friends via Facebook feeds and Youtube channels that support 360 videos.
4. Is this live streaming, or recorded replays?
For the initial launch on August 24, our platform will support on-demand video (VOD), which is the type of content thats currently popular on YouTube, ie. highlight reels, game replays, top 10 plays/moments of pro players, teams, etc.
5. Which kinds of headsets can I use to watch in VR?
Upon launch in August, users can download our Android and Apple iOS apps to watch videos in Panorama-360 on mobile devices with gyroscopes, as well as on Google Cardboard.
6. How many games can users access in the app?
Upon launch, the Sliver.tv platform will support CS:GO, LoL, Dota2, Minecraft and Mirrors Edge Catalyst through Nvidias Ansel technology.
7. Will you be adding more games soon?
Yes, our game connectors enable us to easily integrate with new and popular upcoming eSports titles.
8. Can users create their own videos and upload to the Sliver.tv app?
Not currently, but for the initial launch in August, Sliver.tv supports auto-generated curated content, such as highlights and replays from top CS:GO tournaments/matches and top league professional players.
9. Do users earn points by watching videos or in-app advertising in the Sliver.tv app?
No, users are not incentivized to watch videos, nor does advertising run in the app currently.
10. Is there paid/premium content in the Sliver.tv app? How do you monetize?
Sliver.tv doesnt offer paid for content currently, nor run advertising. In the future, we are considering advertising in the form of pre-rolls, interstitials, branded advertising, and subscriptions.
11. Can I search for specific types of videos, or curate favorite styles of videos like headshots or multi-kills?
Yes, the Sliver platform not only categorizes videos by game, but also tags videos with various metadata including headshots, multi-kills and other game-specific special moments.
12. Is there an age requirement to watch videos in the Sliver.tv app?
Our Appstore app is rated 13+ for mild violence, similar to Twitch.
13. Which app stores can users download the Sliver.tv app from?
Users can download the app from the Google Play Store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.sliver.android
And download app from the Apple App Store here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/sliver.tv/id1122750888?mt=8
14. Is the app globally available? Localized?
Yes, the app is available worldwide through Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Currently, the app is in English only, though the company is considering localizing to various regions.