Fake Crowds Added To Actual Football Matches, Looks Like Some FIFA 96 Shit


Spain’s La Liga, which has resumed its season after March’s Covid-19 lockdown, is like every other major sports league returning to action playing in front of empty seats. So to try and add a little atmosphere for the folks watching at home, they’ve added artificial video game-style crowds, and they are terrible.

The league teamed up with Norwegian broadcast company Vizrt to provide a “virtual fan experience” for viewers watching on TV or online, which adds not just artificial crowd noise, but huge blocks of artificial fans as well.

In theory it sounds passable, but just look at it in action (notice how the crowd only appears in the standard broadcast view, and during other angles in replays you can see the empty stands):

For reference, FIFA 20’s crowds were actually pretty damn good!

Dear Every Other Major Sports League On Earth, please do not do this.


  • You know human beings are really good at spotting patterns? You (Vizrt/La Liga) might want to remember that before you tile the same texture over and over…

  • I was going to comment that having to superimpose it live must be the limitation.. but after watching it I’m not even sure that’s an excuse… It’s not even 3D…

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