Startup Blink launches the first AI-powered mobile eSports platform
Israeli startup media technology company, Elastic Media announced the the first AI-powered, mobile-firest eSports platform. In addition, the company also announced it’s relaunching as Blink. Blink will focus on the fast-growing, dynamic world of eSports where its technology will unlock the value of game-play video for all players by leveraging its cognitive core of artificial intelligence and deep learning. Blink platform will also make eSports viewing as interactive and personalized as the games themselves in order to excite and unite gamers worldwide.
Founded by Ronen Shoval (PhD), Blink is a leading eSports technology company, with offices in Israel and the United Kingdom. The Blink mobile eSports platform utilizes AI and deep learning to make eSports viewing an interactive experience. The new system functions off a bank of proprietary artificial technology solutions and is set to focus on the fast-growing and dynamic world of eSports. Blink hopes to use its technology to increase personalization and interactivity in the eSports viewing experience and focuses on a mobile-first platform. Its proprietary deep learning technologies automatically detects the defining moments of eSports game-play and effortlessly turns them into compelling stories. Blink offers a powerful mobile-first streaming experience to eSports players worldwide. The eSports platform was conceptualized when the creators looked at gameplay video. The majority of gameplay videos often contain a large amount of action-less downtime, but Blink is hoping to revolutionize the gameplay video with AI highlight detection with programmatic storytelling techniques to create incredible clips. The technology is built around a mobile environment and allows players the ability to share clips on a non-streaming platform.
“When we looked at eSports content, and specifically gameplay video, we discovered an exciting opportunity hidden in plain sight: these games were designed to play, not to watch,” CEO Ronen Shoval said. “But the enormous worldwide growth in video gaming has already demonstrated huge spectator appeal at the professional level.”
“Our aim is to make all gameplay video easy and fun to view. We are combining AI highlight detection with programmatic storytelling techniques to create incredibly engaging clips all in a unique mobile environment. Our technology is built from the ground up to offer a solution for the 95% of players who do not stream on a regular basis, but would love to share their achievements with their friends.”
“Our platform instantly creates video gaming communities built around the fun of every player being able to promote their own “Top Ten” eSports video highlights (while trashing their competitors!).” “We look forward to bringing Blink to the market.”
The 16-person team is comprised of experts in video streaming technology, eSports, and artificial intelligence protocols. They have raised USD $3 million in initial seed funding, and their technology earned them the Best Startup Award at NAB 2017.