Knight Light is ZoopTEK’s vision for the next generation of e-sports, as an immersive live gaming event. In an abstract futuristic arena heavily inspired by Roman gladiator contests, it combines the skill of sword-wielding avatars and the chaos of animal-themed minions with the influence of the crowd. Players choose to play the game in the way that suits them best. Avatars are played by those who crave the thick of battle, using traditional first-person shooter controls. Summoners are played by more strategic players, unleashing the right minion at the right time by using their mobile device. Last but not least, spectators may sway the tide of battle by providing various bonuses to their favored team by playing quick mobile games. The experience is all tied together by live music synchronized to the events unfolding on the big screen, with an announcer calling the shots.
ZoopTEK LLC, Chicago: Alan C. Reck (president, lecturer MA course in Music for Applied Media, Danube University Krems); Rishu Mandolia (CEO); Miguel Kertsman (composer, director MA courses, Center for Contemporary Music, Danube University Krems); Jonathan Mazur (artist); Andy Urquiaga (designer)