The Gamerz esports reality show, a refreshing new concept in esports, got underway yesterday.
For those unaware, Gamerz created a casting event at DreamHack Winter 2016 and invited hundreds of ambitious Scandinavian CS:GO players to show off their skills for a chance to be on the program. Of the hundreds of players, twelve were picked by 1.6 legend Marcus “Delpan” Larsson and current Team Secret rifler Zainab “zAAz” Turkie.
Those twelve will live in the Gamerz Gaming House where they will be trained for a period of three weeks. After those three weeks, five of the best will earn a six-month professional contract. When any players seem to be under performing, members of the audience will have the opportunity to apply for a chance to challenge them and take their place.
The players will be split into two teams: the blue team and the red team. The blue team will be taught by 1.6 legend Abdisamad “SpawN” Mohamed who, at his peak, was thought to be one of the best players in the world. The blue team will get their own 1.6 legend in the form of former Fnatic player Oskar “ins” Holm.
Viewers will be able to follow the gamers’ every move using the 26 cameras placed throughout the house. The show’s various segments will also be narrated by famous esports caster Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat.
The series’ first episode followed the intensive process by which the twelve players were chosen as well as their reactions to seeing the well-equipped gaming house they will be living in for the next three weeks. Anyone interested in watching the first episode as well as various teasers and trailers can head to the Gamerz website here.
Esports Insider says: While seeing young talent being given an opportunity to thrive in esports is incredible, it is a little concerning that the negative connotation associated with reality shows could potentially harm the image and development of the industry as a whole. Let’s see how it plays out.