TECHNOLOGIES, APPLICATIONS

Agora to Showcase Live Audio and Video Technology for Gaming in the Metaverse at Pocket Gamer Connects in Helsinki

Agora | September 28, 2022 | Read time : 01:35 min

Agora to Showcase Live Audio
Agora, Inc.  a pioneer and leading platform for real-time engagement APIs,  announced that it will be exhibiting at Pocket Gamer Connects in Helsinki, Finland on Sept 27th- 28th.  Pocket Gamer Connects, held at the Cable Factory, the largest cultural center in Finland, is the leading international conference series for the global games industry bringing together more than 33,000 industry professionals.To showcase the value in real-time audio and video technology, Agora will participate in two speaking sessions. On September 27th at 2:50pm on Track 2, Ali Nhari, Agora's Head of EMEA will join the panel session Know your audience: how to choose between subscription or ad models alongside Kim Grewal from Digital Turbine, John Pryor from ShareIT and Tadgh Kelly from the Mobile Doctor.  At 11:00am on Wednesday Sept 28th on Track 2, Ben Weekes, Agora's Senior Architect & Principal Engine will hold a session with the title Real-time Voice & Video in Games and VR.

"We are excited to demonstrate how to build a fully immersive gaming experience with features like voice and video chat, live interactive streaming, spatial audio, avatars and face and voice filters. At Agora, we're democratizing the metaverse for developers by providing them with easy-to-embed APIs, expansive SDKs and the most reliable, global low-latency network solution. Building the metaverse means scaling connectivity globally as we continue to meet the demand," 

-Ali Nhari, Agora's Head of EMEA.

About Agora
Agora is the leading Real-time Engagement Platform as a Service (RTE PaaS) company. Agora's mission is to make real-time engagement ubiquitous, allowing everyone to interact with anyone, in any application, anytime and anywhere. Agora's platform provides developers with simple, flexible and powerful application programming interfaces, or APIs, to embed real-time video and voice engagement experiences into their applications.

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Global Box Office revenue was US$40.6 billion in 2017. Warner Brothers, Paramount, Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Fox, Columbia and many other companies are vying for content consumers. Worldwide, the industry spends US$240 billion per year on buying content for broadcasting, this is a growing trend of 10% annually.Creating the much desired high quality content in larger quantities is in the current system not possible. The film industry has high barriers to entry for everyone, is overly complex and lacks transparency not only creating unnecessary risks, but also missed opportunities for all parties. Even award winning writers, producers and directors often have enormous challenges to secure funds for their next project.

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Comcast Technology Solutions Selected to Provide Centralized Video Platform for FIA Rally Championships by WRC Promoter

Comcast Technology Solutions | September 07, 2022

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HCLTech to Supercharge New York Giants and New York Jets Fan Experiences as New Cornerstone Partner of MetLife Stadium

HCLTech | September 27, 2022

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Logitech G Elevates Game Streaming By Unveiling Cloud First Handheld Gaming Device

Logitech G | September 22, 2022

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