Telstra, Intel and Ericsson recently demonstrated one of the world’s first esports gaming experiences over 5G, showcasing the power of 5G’s ultra-low latency that professional and amateur gamers alike can expect in the future.

Esports are the fastest growing spectator sports in the world, with millions of fans regularly tuning in online to watch pro gamers compete for glory.

Technology has proven to be a critical component to the success of esports, and this recent 5G demonstration shows the next generation of mobile technology will help to take esports to new heights.

Pro esports team The Chiefs joined Telstra, Intel and Ericsson at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast to experience the technical capabilities of 5G. The team experienced ultra-low latency of around five to six milliseconds, which is around four times lower than the average latency of 4G today.

Latency is the time it takes for data to be sent between two points, so it is crucial in the world of gaming when milliseconds can literally mean the difference between winning and losing.

This gaming demonstration show how that ultra-low latency is possible over 5G, a benefit of the new technology that will underpin a host of use cases, including autonomous cars, drones and remote control of machinery.

mmWave wireless connectivity was used inside the Centre to power the demonstration, enabled through Ericsson’s 5G base station and core network. Intel provided its Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, which allows for quick implementation of the latest air interfaces and communication protocols.

The Chiefs were one of the first esports teams in the world to experience gaming over 5G, which was streamed live to other gamers around the world on Twitch. The team was also joined by esports host Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen and Gold Coast Suns co-captain Tom Lynch.

Telstra is continuing to test next-generation mobile technologies in Australian conditions to support the early commercial deployment of 5G mobile services in Australia. 5G has the potential to change the way we live and work, and this 5G gaming demonstration shows it will unleash a host of new opportunities.