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La Liga confirms virtual fans and FIFA crowd noise for match broadcasts

Getty ImagesNorwegian firm Vizrt will work on AR virtual fansTech also used to create virtual 'canvas' for other messagingEA Sport's La Liga audio library will supply artificial crowd noiseSpanish soccer body La Liga has confirmed that virtual fans and fake crowd noise will be part of its live broadcasts when Spain’s top two leagues return to action behind closed doors later this week. A collaboration with Norwegian firm Vizrt will see stands in La Liga stadiums ‘virtualised’ and offer to-scale images of seated fans wearing the colours of the home team. When the game is stopped, the virtual fan images can be transformed into a canvas that will show institutional messages and other offerings. The crowd noise, meanwhile, is being supplied by EA Sports, makers of the FIFA video game franchise. The company’s library of La Liga audio, which was recorded in stadiums, has been digitally adapted to be implemented in real-time in response to incidents such as a goal or a foul. The broadcast experiences, which will be in place until supporters are allowed to attend games, will be available both domestically and internationally, although fans in Spain will have the option to view the empty stadium without the crowd audio.

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