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Co-op Live employs games engine to visualise £350million arena

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Co-op Live has employed cutting edge games technology from Unreal Engine to create virtual videos of the £350m venue.

Visualisation studio, Soluis, used the tech as the venue sought to bring the project to life for stakeholders and investors, ahead of its completion in 2023.

It has created a fully interactive virtual version of the main arena, as well as the surrounding hospitality areas.

This was to fit a brief from the venue’s owner Oak View Group (OVG) to provide high quality media output for use in film, photography and presentations.

“Early previsualisation of each interior area made for a more constructive dialogue on how the design and hospitality facilities were best represented,” explained Scott Grant, CEO of Soluis.

“Using Unreal Engine gave us an unparalleled ability to work collaboratively during this process across all design reviews, and flexibility to make changes and decisions quickly.”


Animators used plug-ins from Anima to populate areas with CG characters, and Vertex animated crowds to show the arena in different event modes. The DMX plug-ins enabled it to control lighting rigs to showcase performances.

“Now that the virtual destination has been built, the possibilities are open to all engagement scenarios that may arise in the future,” continued Grant.

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