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July 13, 2024
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Global video solutions provider, Accedo, joins forces with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a leading hardware and software enabler shaping the XR industry, and HBS, a specialist sports broadcast organization, to accelerate commercialization of XR sports services. The three founding members are collaborating to form a strategic alliance with the aim of bringing together market-leading stakeholders to bridge the sports and XR industry. It will draw on Accedo’s expertise in video user experience, distribution and monetization, Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon powered XR technology and expertise, and HBS’ strong sports ecosystem. The program aims to accelerate knowledge gathering, technological advancement and time-to-market for XR sports services, as well as gather and share industry knowledge.

The XR Sports Alliance aims to drive development and deployment of XR Sports product and services by providing an end-to-end solution framework to help key stakeholders deploy state-of-the art XR services efficiently and at scale. The framework encompasses immersive video production and distribution, system architecture definition, data and monetization frameworks, user testing and technology and business model advisory elements. Moreover, the program will be open to third parties to join, including XR OEMs, to drive development of purpose-built XR hardware for the sports and video entertainment use case.

At its core, the program aims to connect leading companies from the sports, video, telco, infrastructure, and hardware industries to collaborate with one another in innovation projects, collectively contribute to each other’s roadmaps, and exchange knowledge and feedback, with the aim of supporting and accelerating industry growth and innovation.

Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo, commented: “We believe XR will become an important content distribution and user engagement platform and we want to connect industry stakeholders to collaborate and innovate. The Alliance network will enable industries to uncover industry demand in different geographical regions and shine light on the pipeline of upcoming XR solutions, allowing sports rights owners and holders to make data-driven decisions.”

Patrick Costello, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm, Technologies, Inc., added: “We are entering a new era of spatial computing. We firmly believe that XR experiences will revolutionize how fans engage with sports and we are already seeing a rise in adoption of immersive entertainment experiences thanks to the emergence of new XR devices and increased investment by OEMs for sports content rights. The XR Sports Alliance, will bring together key players in the sports entertainment value-chain, collectively fostering the ecosystem to deliver game-changing immersive sports experiences.”

Sylvain Lebreton, Head of Digital Services, HBS, commented: “This program aims to be a game-changer for the sports industry, helping to drive innovation. We are engaging with industry leaders across every part of the XR and sports broadcast ecosystem, which we are sure will ultimately accelerate development and deployment of commercial XR sports services.”

XR Sports Alliance founders Accedo, Qualcomm Technologies and HBS will be taking part in a panel discussion at AWE USA on Wednesday, June 19 at 11:45am in the Grand Ballroom, discussing how immersive sports experiences will transform the future of fan engagement.

To arrange a meeting with Accedo at AWE or to find out more about joining the XR Sports Alliance, get in touch with Accedo.