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LOOK: The virtual fans Fox Sports will use for MLB broadcasts

Today is Opening Day for the Major League Baseball season, and even though fans won’t be in the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fox Sports is determined to make it seem like they are.

This morning, Fox Sports tweeted out a sneak peek of the virtual fans they will use in Saturday’s broadcasts and it’s honestly a little terrifying:

The virtual fans were created by Silver Spoon Animation and SMT using Pixatope software. According to the Washington Post, the fans can do up to 500 actions ranging from high fives during a home run to the wave. The system can also control the number of fans for each team in the stadium:

For example, Saturday’s Brewers-Cubs game could create a crowd that is 75% Cubs and 25% Brewers. It can also make it appear as if most of them have left if it is a 9-1 ballgame in the ninth inning.

The system will also be able to adapt to the weather. When the temperature gets colder in the fall, winter jackets and hats can be added to the fans.

Thoughts? Would you rather watch a game with virtual fans or just empty stands and silence?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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7 Comments for LOOK: The virtual fans Fox Sports will use for MLB broadcasts

  1. Skooms
    11:25 am July 23, 2020 Permalink

    It might actually help. As far as viewing sports goes, I think the only one I’ve seen that DOESN’T seem weird without fans is NASCAR. Outside of that though, a lot of sports just seem different without fans. I think seeing and hearing fans there draws us into the game more when watching it at home.

  2. Eddiemcwildcat
    11:33 am July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Are they not required to wear masks or social distance? Lol

  3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    11:45 am July 23, 2020 Permalink

    It is weird, but IMO, not nearly as weird as those dancing twerking robots in the stands in Japan.

  4. SuperTroy18
    11:51 am July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Are they gonna have just 10 or 12 in the stands in Miami like they do every other season?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      12:26 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Haha. Good one.

  5. CatBlue in LR
    12:55 am July 24, 2020 Permalink

    I usually hate CGI. I’m not watching that new Tom Hanks naval-battle pic ‘cause it’s all fake computer-generated crap. But for baseball, what the heck. It’ll probably be better than that boring game on ESPN tonight.