Sonic Boom 2013 (lost livestream of "Sonic the Hedgehog" convention; 2013)

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An image of the stream on its original webpage, taken when it was still live.

Status: Lost

Sonic Boom 2013 was an event hosted in St. Louis at The Pageant,[1] created for fans of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" franchise to come together and take part in a number of activities. The event was also home to a live performance by the band "Crush 40"[2], known for making vocal tracks for many Sonic games, and this segment is widely considered to be one of the major highlights of the event, considering SEGA specifically highlighted it in their promotions[3][4][5] and Crush 40 shows are quite rare.

An official live-stream of the event in full was conducted live,[6][7] and was available for viewing by anyone. However, recordings of this livestream have become very scarce, and there is no official VOD available, although there was one available for a short time after the stream finished[8].

The only found clips so far make up a dozen minutes out of the seven hours[9] the stream ran for.

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As evidenced by the existing clips we have, the stream contained full professional-grade video made up of multiple different angles (estimated to be 3 cameras + the screen video), and was conducted by a company called Live Alliance.[10]. The audio on the stream was a form of soundboard audio.

Release Mediums[edit | edit source]

The livestream was hosted on Live Alliance's website, with the URL http://livealliance.tv/sonicboom. This in turn used the Akamai content delivery system to deliver the stream to the viewers. After the stream finished, there was a VOD was available from this site for approximately 24 hours after[11].

In addition to the original stream on the site, a fan-run simulcast was set up at the same time, to host a live "reaction" to the stream. This was hosted by SSF1991 of Sonic Paradox on `livestream.com`[12]. Unfortunately, despite livestream.com supposedly containing a VOD of this reaction stream for a long period of time after, there are very few clips of this remaining either.

In addition, there also appears to have been a screen at the back of the venue setup to show the video from the stream to the performers on-stage. Unfortunately, it is very rare for a camera to be pointing in this direction so there are only a few shots that show this clearly. An example is the official recap video.

Found clips[edit | edit source]

Images[edit | edit source]

After contacting some people who saw the stream, some images taken by viewers have been found. These give a clearer view of what the stream looked like. In addition, there are also two pictures of the fan simulcast - showing what that looked like.

Viewer videos[edit | edit source]

These are the only found clips of the stream uploaded by the viewers:

Sonic dancing, with the original audio replaced to be "more appropriate"
Poor quality video of the Q&A, with audio replaced as a joke
Audio of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream


Recording from the stream of a previously unseen trailer shown at the event - At the end, you can see it fade to one of the stream cameras very briefly.
Recording from the stream of another previously unseen trailer shown at the event
Poor quality video from the stream of the host announcing a new section of the show - taken from the fan-run "simulcast".


Recording from the stream of the presenter (Aaron Webber) introducing a previously unseen trailer shown at the event.


Official clips[edit | edit source]

After the event, SEGA created a short 3-minute recap video, summarising some key points of the event[13][14][15]. A significant amount of this recap video is made up of video taken by SEGA's own internal media team, separate from the stream. However, with some close examination, there are a few short snippets of the stream also seen in this video.

In addition, throughout the video, soundboard audio is constantly used for portions of the event, and it's highly probable that soundboard audio was taken from the stream, suggesting SEGA did at some point have a recording of the full stream. However, SEGA's HQ moved shortly after this event, resulting in a large staff turnover[16][17], and it is possible that their recording may have been lost during that move.

These are the video clips visible in the recap video:

  • 1:54 - 2:10 - A clip of the Q&A portion of the show. The positioning and movement behaviour of the cameras in this clip lines up exactly with the clips we have of the stream from the Q&A joke video, confirming this segment is from the stream.
  • 2:16 - 2:19 - 2 seconds of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream. The overall look and low framerate on this clip (an effect seen a lot in the clips available of the stream), combined with the exact positioning of the camera confirms beyond reasonable doubt this clip is from the stream and was not a shot taken by the internal media team at SEGA.

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