Düsseldorf, Germany - Fortuna Düsseldorf and Infront turned to 360 degree VR-video to acquire a new Main Sponsor for the 2017/18 season, with Orthomol the latest company to attach themselves to the club. The short clip was shot and edited by Munich agency Inside360, using the latest 360 ° technology and gave an exclusive insight into the world of Fortuna Düsseldorf. Potential sponsors were then given a smartphone with an individually designed version of the clip as well as a virtual reality head set to allow them to experience their first home game as a new Main Sponsor.
Fortuna Düsseldorf began their 2. Bundesliga campaign on Monday, with Orthomol set to appear on the shirts for the first time. The health care company from Langenfeld (Germany) was very impressed by the use of the new technology when first approached by the club: "This creative use of digital technology provides us as spectators with very exclusive behind the scenes footage of the ESPRIT arena and at the same time conveys the special emotions at the club" said Nils Glagau, Chief Executive of Orthomol.
Robert Schäfer, Chairman of Fortuna Düsseldorf: "Fortuna Düsseldorf is a club which is steeped in tradition, but we recognise the necessity to be technologically innovative and up-to-date in a competitive environment. At the same time, the emotion and football experience must always come first. The VR project with Infront and Inside360 has had an impressive impact and has showed us what potential digitalisation holds for us. This will certainly not be the last project in this form."
Stephanus Tekle, Director of Marketing & Business Development at Infront Germany, adds: "As a sports marketing agency, it is our aim to actively shape the market and to integrate new technological developments into our partnerships. To create individually tailored solutions that add the greatest possible value for our clients is top priority. In Orthomol and Fortuna Düsseldorf we have identified two suitable partners and our work has helped them find each other. "
Inside360 is one of the pioneers and innovation drivers in the field of Virtual Realityfilm production with a focus on 360 degree movie production and high-end production in thedomains of tourism, medicine, sports, music and events.
Infront Sports & Media, a Wanda Sports company, is one of the most respected sports marketing companies in the world, managing a comprehensive portfolio of top properties. Led by President & CEO Philippe Blatter, Infront covers all aspects of successful sporting events – including distribution of media rights, sponsorship, media production, event operation and digital solutions – and has won a reputation for its high standards of delivery. As the number one player in winter sport and with a leading role in football, summer and endurance sports, Infront enjoys long-lasting partnerships with close to 170 rights-holders and hundreds of sponsors and media companies. Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Infront has a team of more than 900 experienced staff working from over 35 offices across more than 15 countries, delivering 4,100 event days of top class sport around the world every year. In November 2015, Infront was integrated into Wanda Sports Holding, part of the Chinese conglomerate the Dalian Wanda Group.