Star Live shines in League of Legends event


China SAIC Motor Pudong Arena Esport event Image: Star Live

Star Live – the business which works with brands, agencies, media companies, promoters and venues to bring experiences to life – had recently won a competitive tender to deliver the temporary structures for the League of Legends World Finals held recently at the new SAIC Motor Pudong Arena in China.

The League of Legends World Championship Final took place live at Shanghai’s SAIC Motor Pudong Arena on October 31st, 2020, in front of a live audience of 6,312 fans and millions more online.

League of Legends is a 2009 multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows and macOS. Originally inspired by Defense of the Ancients, the game has followed a freemium model since its release on October 27th, 2009.

Working alongside League of Legends owner Riot Games for ConCom Inc, Riot’s long-time technical production services partner Star Live was contracted for the 10th annual World Finals of ‘League of Legends’ in the SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) Motor Pudong Arena in Shanghai.

The Pudong Football Stadium is a football stadium in Shanghai, China. Completed in October 2020, it is the home of the Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG. The stadium has a seating capacity for 33,765 spectators.

Star Live has a long history with Riot Games and ConCom, having worked on previous League of Legends World events in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan in China as well as Seoul and Gwangju in South Korea. Star Live has multiple teams based in multiple locations across the United Kingdom and an international presence in Shanghai, China.

For the 2020 event, over 100 tons of screens, audio and lighting were rigged from the free-standing structures supplied by Star Live.

Star Live’s newly upgraded Ultra truss system (the system developed by Star Live to deliver singer-songwriter Adele’s World Tour in 2017) enabled them to create the 33m high and 125m wide reality that was heavily augmented by Riot Games for the opening ceremony of the World Finals.

The entire build and show was made possible by strict COVID-19 protocols.

Roger Barrett, Star Live’s Technical Director and Project Lead, stated, “The scale of this project was huge and we pushed so many technical boundaries to the limits. It took months of planning, two weeks of mandatory quarantine on arrival in China and a big multinational crew to make it happen. Creating our free-standing 65 ton central arch at 33m high was a major achievement by our UK, Chinese and Malaysian crew.”

Star Live (with teams based in the UK, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur) sees China as a key strategic priority moving forward and continues to drive growth and investment into its Chinese operation.

Star Live China (established 13 years ago) is ideally placed to leverage the best elements of a Chinese business alongside UK expertise in designing and delivering complex event infrastructure and large-scale temporary venues around the world.

Star Live China has a long history of providing a range of design and technical services to Chinese venues including Sports Park in Shantou University, Suzhou Olympics Center Arena, Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai and Shenzhen World.

It has also acted as consultant on the refurbishment or legacy transformation of existing venues including the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena (now Cadillac Center).

The business excels in Design and Build of specialist rigging infrastructure including Mother Grids, house-reduction systems and center-hung screen/scoreboards.

Grahame Muir, Star Live’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) stated, “The ongoing development of sport in China presents significant opportunities for our Chinese operation, not least with the upcoming major sporting events such as the Chengdu Universiade, Asian Games and the Beijing Winter Olympics, but also to advise and support on the rapid development of sports infrastructure in China. We now have a significant legacy stock that will see our business develop new opportunities both across Europe and within our growing base in China.”

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