The Search for Australia’s Next Pro Gamer

● Esports meets Big Brother in new online format
● 10 Finalists to secure spot in The Next Gamer House
● Hosted by some of Australia’s biggest gaming personalities
● Winner receives AUD $10,000 and professional team spot
● First season based around League of Legends


Sydney, Australia, August 2nd 2017 – In an Australian first, The Next Gamer, powered by Intel, will challenge Australia’s best amateur gaming talent to compete for AUD$10,000 and a contract with Australia’s top professional League of Legends team, LG Dire Wolves.


The esports industry is the fastest growing sports category in the world, currently worth AUD$1.1 billion globally with a viewership expected to grow to 500 million people by 2020. The Next Gamer, powered by Intel, taps into the explosion of esports to find the best amateur gamer, out hundreds of prospective esports hopefuls, who will receive AUD$10,000 in prize money and a pro esports contract with LG Dire Wolves.


“Intel continues to be the leader in esports delivering the high performance necessary for amazing gaming experiences,” said Kristen Hardeman, consumer marketing manager, Intel ANZ. “Our commitment to growing the esports community in Australia brought Intel® Extreme Masters to Sydney for the first time earlier this year, where more than 7,000 fans attended the live event each day and 8 million unique viewers tuned into the online broadcast. Our ongoing commitment to bringing the best in gaming and technology to esports fans is the reason we want to support this search for Australia’s next pro gamer.”


The League of Legends World Championship in 2016 drew an online viewership of more than 43 million people: more than the population of Australia and New Zealand combined.

Partnering with recently established talent agency, Click Management, The Next Gamer will be working with some of the biggest and best talent in the gaming space. Click Management founder Elliott Watkins, AKA Mr Muselk, said, “Australia has some of the best gaming talent in the world, The Next Gamer provides an amazing opportunity for unearthed players to get a taste of competing at an elite level.”


Timeline

● 40 contestants will battle it out online over 5 action packed days to win a spot in The Next Gamer house
● 10 successful contestants join the house in Sydney
● Daily challenges and tournaments will test mental fortitude, physical fitness, and teamwork
● Two teams of five will battle over the space of a week
● After a decisive battle, five contestants will be eliminated and the final five will have to face Oceania’s top gaming teams as they attempt to build the skills and teamwork necessary to join a professional League of Legends team
● In a live finale, The Next Gamer team will face the LG Dire Wolves to prove their worth. The gamer who has shown they have what it takes to ‘go pro’ will win AUD$10,000 in prize money and a six month contract with the Dire Wolves – Australia’s best League of Legends team.


High profile gamers and influencers from the gaming community will feature throughout the series as guest challengers and coaches.


All of the action will be streamed live on Twitch with edited highlights and challenges hosted on YouTube.

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