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Here’s How Extron Provided a Complete Esports Solution to West Point

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Leaders at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point recognize that a robust esports program is valuable for teaching cadets how to become skilled tacticians, make decisions under pressure and work as a team. Cadets compete from a futuristic esports facility within the West Point Simulation Center. Extron AV signal processing, switching, distribution, control and audio technology enable “seamless integration” of gameplay AV content into a versatile hub that sends content throughout the venue and over the Internet with clarity and ultra-low latency, according to the company.

“The United States Military Academy strives to provide superior learning experiences for cadets as they develop into leaders of character who qualify to become Army Second Lieutenants,” said Victor Castro, director of Army West Point Esports. “All of the cadets currently competing on our esports teams participated in the design and construction of the esports facility AV. Collaborating with Extron on the project immersed them in a technologically advanced training environment. The hands-on experience gave them a deeper understanding of the hardware and software that makes esports possible, empowering their passion for competitive gaming.”

Extron says central components of the esports AV system are housed in a Production Booth rack. A 16×16 DXP PLUS 4K/60 matrix switcher routes AV sources to the room’s many displays. The company says an MGP 641 xi displays up to four source windows on a single screen, and an SMP 352 streams gaming action to West Point’s esports Twitch channel and other online platforms. Extron also says a 200-watt XPA 2001 provides powerful sound through SM 26T surface mount speakers.

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Game audio, as well as shoutcaster play-by-play commentary are mixed and processed by a DMP 128 Plus audio DSP processor, according to Extron. An IPCP Pro 360Q xi control processor provides AV system control with a user interface that includes 10″ and 17″ TouchLink Pro touchpanels and wireless control from a roving tablet running Extron Control app software.

Through West Point’s esports program, cadets who participate as players and as production team personnel acquire real world experience designing, building and operating professional AV systems. Extron says knowledge gained through this experience can be transferred to the highest levels of command cells and training facilities when cadets graduate as commissioned officers that the U.S. Army relies on to be leaders, problem-solvers, mission planners and decision makers.

The entire Army West Point Esports case study is here: https://www.extron.com/article/West-Point-Esports

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