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Houston Outlaws and San Francisco Shock Are Getting Virtual Reality Fan Clubhouses

by Joe O'Brien

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Linden Lab’s Sansar has partnered with Houston Outlaws and San Francisco Shock to create VR watch spaces for fans.

Sansar is a free-to-use virtual reality social media platform, although the platform is also available via desktop without the need for a virtual reality headset.

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Within Sansar, the Houston Outlaws and the San Francisco Shock will have virtual reality spaces to act as fan centres and hosting areas for vitual events. The Outlaws will be getting a clubhouse called “the Hideout”, while Shock fans will be able to join a virtual esports arena called “the Epicenter”.

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Houston Outlaws' Hideout
Linden Lab
Linden Lab
San Francisco Shock's Epicenter

Fans in both spaces will be able to buy custom-themed skins and merchandise for their avatars, take part in meet-and-greets with the teams, and watch matches live.

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Linden Lab’s CEO, Ebbe Altberg, commented on the partnership:

“We’ve seen a real need in the esports market for a deeper, more engaging fan experience — something that can go beyond normal spectatorship to really draw people in. We feel social VR is perfectly poised to meet this need, and we’re thrilled to find forward-thinking esports partners that feel the same — trailblazing teams that recognize VR’s potential and are willing to evolve and innovate to deliver world-class experiences. Their investments in Sansar are investments in their communities.”

The Houston Outlaws plan to unveil the Hideout at an event in Houston, Texas, on May 18th, while the San Francisco Shock will launch the Epicenter with an event on May 25th. Fans will be able to attend both events by VR.