Getty to License Images from Sony’s Blockbuster Racing Video Game Gran Turismo


It’s amazing how far video game graphics have come since the industry’s beginnings back in the 1970s.

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And now they’re so good that they might replace photographs themselves in certain domains.

Or Getty is just getting in on the eSports licensed images market early – you pick your take on this story.

In partnership with Sony, the world-renown image repository will begin hosting and licensing images from the game company’s Gran Turismo: Sport title.

If you don’t know what Gran Turismo is, we’ll fill you in: It’s Sony’s big-budget racing title that places a premium on photo-realistic graphics and real-world physics. A brand name in and of itself in the world of racing and motorsport, Gran Turismo games are no small event when they come out nor are they cheap to produce.

So, how are they getting these captures exactly? The developers have put an in-game camera in Gran Turismo that gives photographer Clive Rose complete control over his shots including filters, shutter speeds, and aperture, PetaPixel reports.

Getty Images’ Global Head of Content Ken Mainardis said of the partnership, “This partnership with Polyphony Digital signifies the next phase of sport photography and the true growth that is occurring across the esports landscape. Getty Images has long been at the forefront of innovating through its sport photography and by creating in-game imagery with expert motorsport photographers, Getty Images is staying ahead of the curve to deliver premium esports content to our customers around the world.”

You can check some images out by clicking here, here, and here

Are you familiar with the Gran Turismo series? What do you think of Getty’s plans to license screenshots from the game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below if you like.

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