What might initially seem like a dispassionate love child between Masterchef-Australia and Twitch.tv could actually play out to be the start of a whole new generation of E-sports based media. Dubbed “The Next Gamer,” and sponsored by Intel; the show will see 40 contestants go up against each other, friend and foe alike, competing for the 10 podium spots which grant them access to the Next Gamer house. From then on, the top 10 contestants will find themselves in a rag-tag team of two groups; contending as much with team based relationships as with skill based challenges. With the show being inspired by the like of the reality-TV hit, “Big brother”, we can expect plenty of drama within the Next Gamer house – most of it encouraged.
At the end of the team based challenges and eliminations, 5 contenders will remain; without much time to celebrate their grueling emergence from the eliminations, they will be lined up to take on Oceania’s best. The top ranked League of legends teams throughout the continent will make an appearance to run them through the trials and challenges required to harden them for the ultimate goal and finale, i.e. a battle against the LG sponsored, Legacy E-sports OPL dominating Dire Wolves. The player that impresses the team most will take home a $10,000 prize as well as an offer for a six-month contract with the Dire Wolves themselves.
The show will see plenty of visits from personalities and stars within the League of Legends gaming communities and will be streamed on Twitch.tv in its entirety. Many of the challenges and individual segments will also be uploaded to YouTube, but there’s no word on the regional details as of yet.
If you think that you’ve got what it takes and happen to be based in Australia, there might be an entry slot waiting for you. One small downside to the entry terms is that your chances to being granted entry are pretty much non-existent if you’re under the age of 18, which effectively eliminates quite a lot of good talent; unfortunately, there’s not much to be done about that, with many child employment morality issues at play.
All applicants must apply to the show directly at www.thenextgamer.tv/apply/ with their credentials and a video exhibiting your best gameplay. Keep in mind that you will be judged based on your tactics and efficiency as well as your in-game personality and decorum. Raging, trolling, abuse and/ or unreasonable behavior will certainly result in killing your chances of being selected for the online qualifier.
If you do get selected, you’ll need to prepare for the online qualifier that takes place between the 12th of August and the 16th of August. All finalists will head out to the Next Gamer contest party between the 19th of August and the 6th of September for the final tourney that secures you a place in the competition. For more info and details, you can visit the site at www.thenextgamer.tv . The live stream will be hosted on www.twitch.tv/thenextgamertv and might begin in under a week after the qualifying finals if everything goes to plan.