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Christie creates the world’s biggest gaming screen (1,500ft) for annual gamers event

Visual specialist wows more than 100,000 competitors at annual Game XP event in Rio de Janeiro using its Boxer and Spyder technology

Projection specialist Christie has announced its technology was behind creating the world’s biggest ever gaming display used during the annual Game XP gamers event at the Olympic Park in Río de Janeiro.

Held in July, the display, which measured 1,500ft, was created using the manufacturers Christie Boxer projectors and the Christie Spyder X80 video processor during the four day event.

Around 100,000 competitors and fans were in attendance during the event, with – according to Christie – the star of the show being the 1,500 square metre screen, the biggest of its kind in the world and located in one of the stadiums renamed ‘Oi Game Arena’ for the occasion. 

The 4,500-capacity arena hosted the grand finals, with the live broadcast featuring “League of Legends,” “Clash Royale” and “Rainbow Six” among other games.

The directors of Omelete Company, the company organizing the event in conjunction with Rock in Rio and Grupo Globo, wanted the best audio-visual equipment available to ensure a truly stunning visual experience and with that in mind, contacted Ricardo Laporta of Christie Brazil. Laporta quickly notified one of Christie Brazil’s staging experts, Daniel Monteiro, and working with Brazilian integrator Ponto Midia, they designed a matrix based on four Christie Boxer 4K30 3DLP® projectors to light up the enormous screen.

Thanks to its omnidirectional capabilities and built-in warping and blending, the four Boxers could be placed at various angles and still easily cover the entire screen. The combined 120,000 lumens saturated the 1,500 square meter floor-to-ceiling screen in lifelike colours.

The Christie Spyder X80, which according to Christie is the only video processor capable of handling 4K at a 60Hz refresh rate on a single channel, managed and controlled the content. During initial discussions, the Christie Spyder X80 video processor had just come on the market, while the multi-award-winning Christie Boxer is the projector of choice among rental companies all over the world for large-format projections.

“Having Christie on board the project was critical in ensuring the quality we were looking for in the screen,” said Roberto Fabri, CMO of Omelete Company. “Christie technology gave us the ability to provide audiences with a unique experience and the best possible image.”

Monteiro added: “We are delighted that our technology played such a crucial role in this spectacular visual experience, which will remain in the spectators’ memories for years to come. Our most sincere congratulations to the whole team at Game XP for putting on such a wonderful show, which surely marks a before and after for events of its kind in Brazil.

“The fact that Christie has such an incredible track record in the cinema industry was key in Game XP’s decision to opt for our technology,” concluded Laporta.