November 12, 2020
Kiswe’s Recent Award Wins Highlight Future of Sports Streaming
Four award recognitions in the second half of 2020 cement Kiswe’s technology as the future of production for interactive sports events.
New Providence, N.J.. — Kiswe, the global technology powering the new digital fan experience, was awarded its third nomination in the past two months for its production of the Tour of Flanders. Kiswe secured the Leaders Sports award for Best Onscreen Experience, and was a finalist for SportsPro’s Best Lockdown Solution, SPORTEL’s Best Virtual Fan Experience and Hashtag Sport's Most Inspiring Engagement During the Sports Pause. SportsPro’s winners will be announced on December 1st, 2020.
Kiswe is a cloud-based video startup that empowers the world’s leading sports leagues and media companies to better connect with their fans. During the pandemic, furthering this connection was more important than ever as live sports and events were suddenly canceled and sports fans were searching for content from home.
Flanders Classic kept their annual cycling race alive with a virtual version of the Tour of Flanders by combining elements from esports and training bikes and broadcasting the event across television and social media through Kiswe.
Using Kiswe’s platform, the Tour of Flanders event brought in live feeds from 16 different cameras: three virtual and 13 smartphone cameras of each cyclist from different locations around the world. The set-up for cyclists was as simple as a smartphone or webcam connected via WiFi. Audiences were able to view a dynamic event with different point-of-views, scenes and real-time stats.
“Fan communities want to engage with one another and experience events together in a personal, interactive and social way -- even when they are at home,” said Kiswe Co-Founder and Chief Architect Wim Sweldens. “We were honored to be part of bringing the legendary Tour of Flanders to loyal fans around the globe during lock-down. To have our innovations recognized by three such highly regarded sports institutions is hugely rewarding.”
The special edition of the Tour of Flanders brought together 13 of the world’s top cyclists to tackle the final 32km of the race on bike trainers at home.
With live events and games at a standstill, we here at Kiswe have been ramping up our efforts to help our partners find creative solutions to continue programming and to keep audiences engaged.