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Ready player one: Canon 4K kit outfits USA's biggest esports stadium

Ready player one: Canon outfits USA's biggest esports stadium (Image: Esports Stadium Arlington)
Image: Esports Stadium Arlington

The city of Arlington, Texas, has chosen Canon's 4K lenses to outfit its broadcast cameras at the Esports Stadium Arlington – a $10 million facility that hosts professional esports competition.

The stadium selected a raft of Canon's broadcast lenses for its Grass Valley 4K cameras: three Canon UHD-DIGISUPER 66 4K UHD field box lenses, four CJ24ex7.5B 4K UHD telephoto zoom lenses and one CJ14ex4.3B 4K UHD wide angle zoom lens. The lenses will accommodate both existing HDTV broadcasts and the shift to 4K production. 

“Canon’s ability to supply lenses that met our 4K visual needs, budget constraints, support and time requirements helped us succeed in building this industry changing facility,” said Corey Dunn of NGAGE Esports, which oversaw operations and production for the stadium.

Esports Stadium Arlington purchased four Canon CJ14ex4.3B lenses, among other 4K optics

The stadium purchased four Canon CJ14ex4.3B lenses, among other 4K optics

The equipment will power the broadcast capabilities of the 100,000 square-foot facility, the biggest in the United States, which hosts up to 2,500 spectators in Dallas-Fort Worth. Esports is now a very big business, with the industry expected to generate $1.65 billion in revenue by next year.

Speaking to the raw performance of Canon's 4K lenses, the stadium was keen to stress that this was the beginning of a partnership. “This is more than an one-time equipment purchase," said Marc Scarpa of Simplynew, the systems integrator, "it’s the start of a new relationship with Canon as we look to shape the future of esports.”

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James started working in the photographic industry in 2014 as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy – successor to David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus. In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus. An Olympus and Canon user, James was previously technique editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine.