Esports takes center stage in a 30,000-square-foot, multilevel arena that opened at the Luxor Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in March 2018.
Designed to host every form of competitive gaming, from daily play to high-stakes esports tournaments, the new venue features a competition stage, 50' LED video wall, telescopic seating, PC and console gaming stations, and a network TV-quality production studio. Light Theory Studios handled the architectural lighting design, while The Sextant Group handled theatrical lighting design. 4Wall Systems and Design provided the architectural control system for this interactive video-gaming mecca.
"We were brought in as the architectural lighting system integrator to coordinate and engineer a working control system design in coordination with the electrical contractor, electrical engineer and lighting designer," says 4Wall project director John Fernandez. "A multitude of RGBA fixtures, specified by the LD, required the engineering of a DMX management and distribution system along with an addressing scheme.”
The control system consists of an ETC Paradigm, Pathway Pathport Octo, and an MA Lighting grandMA2 console for live events. This system allows the lighting operator to effortlessly utilize the Paradigm architectural lighting control for the arena. It can also adapt to the environment of a live event space by relinquishing controls of select dynamic architectural lighting with the push of a button, whenever production needs take precedence.
"This allowed integrated control of selective circuits and DMX channels by both the Paradigm lighting processor for daily operations and adapting by parsing specific channels for control by the grandMA2 console for live events," Fernandez adds.
"It was an exciting opportunity for our Systems & Design team, working alongside Bombard Electric, to be part of bringing this amazing venue to life as a new addition to the ever-growing list of Las Vegas entertainment offerings," notes Fernandez.
In addition to engineering a functional system by determining and meeting the dimming compatibility requirements of the architectural fixtures, while creating a functional bill of materials for the architectural dimming and power control, there were also many intelligent RGBA fixtures in need of system integration, thus the role of 4Wall.
Lighting fixtures range from ETC Source Fours to Robe DL7S, Robe Robin Spiider, Martin Rush Scanner, and GLP impression X4 Bar 20. Lighting for the front entry comprises such fixtures as Martin by Harman RUSH MH5 Profile, ETC Source Fours, ETC SELD60-VI, Blizzard HotBox 5 RGBAW, and a BBS Pipeline RAW-3513 BBS-3593 DXM controller.
Additional lighting fixtures for cove lights and wall washes: Philips Color Kinetics ColorBlast RGBW FTA, Philips Color Kinetics Data Enabler Pro, Philips Color Kinetics iColor Cove MX Powercore G2 - 12", and Philips Color Kinetics iColor Cove MX Powercore G2 - 48".
The lighting rig also includes ETC Colorsource Cyc; DeSisti F4.7D.MO; DeSisti F6D.MO; DeSisti Soft LED 2 Daylight CCT; Brightline L1.4-X-1-56-H; Brightline L1.2-X-1-56-H; ETC CSLinear4' Rosco Silk 305; and a grandMA on PC Command Wing.
A 50' x 16' DST video wall is driven by a Vizrt graphics engine fed video from a Ross Carbonite switcher.
- Lighting Control Rack Middle Atlantic - DWR-19-22
- 4-Port DMX Gateway ETC N34G-4T
- 24-port PoE Network switch Cisco SF-300-24P
- 24P Power Panel - Network controlled ETC Sensor iQ48
- Chain Motor Touchscreen Controller: Skjonberg HTDC
- Wireless DMX transmitter: ETC Colorsource CST-W
- 8-port PoE network switch-unmanaged: Netgear ProSAFE
- 4-Port DMX/RDM Gateway: ETC Response RSN-4OUT
- Player Pod Player Light DMX Controller: BBS-3593
- CITC Haze Max
- High End Systems FQ-100