Live the dream with Enthusiast Gaming’s Rising Stars

Get paid to play

Call it what it is, namely a dream job with a great payout. Toronto-based Enthusiast Gaming has announced another edition of its Rising Stars reality competition.

As in the past, the goal will be to discover the next big gaming superstar. To that end, 40 contestants will get the chance to audition on Twitch. From there a panel of celebrity judges will whittle that number down to eight for a second round. Eliminations will continue until there are two gamers in the final.

For participants, the attraction is obvious. Luminosity will give the last woman or man standing a US$100,000 sponsorship and a spot on the Team Luminosity roster. That means getting the chance to hang with fellow rostered players like xQc, Anomaly, RockyNoHands, Muselk, and Fresh. Those players will also be among the judges.

With the entire world struggling in another round of COVID-19 outbreaks, Rising Stars will take place on line. SpiderTech will be one of the sponsors.

Rising Stars launched in 2019

First launched in the spring of 2019, Rising Stars anointed three winners that year. Stars were named in Fortnite, Super Smash Bros., and Smash Melee.

“We are building the largest social network of communities for gamers and esports fans, and the Rising Stars series is yet another way we connect and interact with our 300 million monthly gamers to provide exciting and engaging content. It’s only natural for us to look within these communities for the next rising star, which is comparable to popular shows, ‘American Idol’ or ‘The Voice,’ but for gaming,” Enthusiast Gaming CEO Adrian Montgomery said in a press release.

“Gaming is the social network for the Gen-Z and Millennial audience, he continued, “and we are confident Rising Stars is something that is not only wanted and craved, but that it is also inspirational and aspirational to those watching and competing.”

Those interested in getting paid to play can register at Each potential rising star has to provide a highlight real of recent streams.

Entries close on October 10

Entries close on October 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Judges will take input from Twitch chat to come up with a roster of 40 combatants. That will lead to one-on-one live auditions on Twitch. You can register here.

Players need to show both skill and style, taking into account gaming strategy, leadership, communication, and personality.

Rising Stars episodes take place at 9 p.m. EST Tuesdays and Thursdays night from October 13 and November 5. Tune in on The top two performers joined in the finals by a fan favorite singled out from remaining top six.

The finals run November 10-13 on Twitch, with one player to be crowned the Rising Star and given a one-year-contract along with the cheque for US$100,000. This is indeed your chance to live the dream.

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.

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