Amateur esports athletes do battle on new reality show GameMaster

As television formats go, it’s a proven crowd-pleaser with the added benefit of having a low overhead. From Survivor to America’s Got Talent to The Voice, we love watching ordinary folks compete against other ordinary folks. And on that front, get ready for an esports entry. GameMaster features amateur esports athletes doing battle elimination-style.

Twelve amateur esports athletes will compete against each other on 24 high-wattage video game titles. Contestants are eliminated over the course of nine episodes. Eventually only two are left. Those two will go head-to-head in a live-broadcast final episode to claim a US$100,000 grand prize. And, of course, the title of Master of GameMaster.

esports! GameMaster! Battle!

The logo for the competition looks fabulously straight out of Asia. That’s right down to the neon fonts and lettering. But GameMaster shoots in America. The Big Bang Theory’s Wil Wheaton the celebrity drawing card.

Wheaton plays an esports commissioner in tasked with weeding out the pros from the pretenders. All contestants are from the States, with the show shooting in Georgia.

Working behind the scenes are folks who know a thing or two about must-see reality TV.

Acting as showrunner and executive producer is Jacqueline Dincauze. Her resume includes stints with The Amazing Race and The Bachelor.

In the spotlight of the series will be “fan favorites, mortal enemies, awesome games, cool gear. And tremendous audiences — all in a quest to discover the one, true “GameMaster.”

GameMaster sidelined!

GameMaster should have shot earlier this year. However, like many television productions, it is sidelined because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, pre-production starts in early November, with the show officially getting rolling next January. Indeed, GameMaster features amateur esports athletes.

Once all nine episodes are in the can, GameMaster will air on both Twitch and Amazon Prime Video. Indeed, barring a major pandemic panic, that will likely mean the show hits the airwaves in March.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

Leave a Comment