Endemol Beyond USA’s Smasher network has gone live, complete with a slate of new programming all dedicated to the gaming and e-sports vertical, the MCN’s interim president and COO, Adrian Sexton, confirmed.
As of Oct. 7, Smasher became available across more than 20 platforms, including YouTube, Roku, TiVo, DailyMotino, Amazon Fire TV, Verizon Go90, and Vessel, as well as the MCN’s own OTT platform, GetBeyond.US. The launch marks Endemol’s second effort at creating a dedicated, digital-first programming hub following the launch of the beauty and life-style focused Icon Network earlier this year.
First up on Smasher will be Legends of Gaming, an American YouTube competition series hosted by Toby Turner (aka Tobuscus, who has more than 15 million subscribers across his three YouTube channels) and based on an Endemol Beyond UK series of the same name. The U.K. version has earned more than 640,000 subscribers and 45 million views.
Unlike its European counterpart, which mostly features solo and one-on-one gameplay, the U.S. Legends will follow four gaming duos, coached by YouTubers and channel hosts including Fatal1tyTV, Perfect Legend, HotShotGG and Hafu.
Endemol Beyond is producing more than 100 videos of Legends of Gaming, which is sponsored by Pizza Hut, as well as Razer and iBuyPower. A total of 37 episodes will be hosted by Turner (pictured, above).The MCN will produce another 37 segments of Legends of Gaming: Game Play, showing the complete competition; and 37 companion pieces entitled Legends of Gaming: Bloopers and Outtakes, which gives fans an inside look at the antics that were a part of each episode. Fans will also have access to cast profiles, win/fail videos and recaps. All the Legends videos will post seven days a week on YouTube, beginning Oct, 7 through to February 2016.
More Smasher series include:
Rule‘m Sports: Another U.K. reboot, the U.S. Rule‘m Sports is hosted by YouTube comic Jesse Wellens (17 million subs) who will challenge himself weekly to learn a new sport from top athletes.
Rule‘m Sports: Offsides: A companion series to Rule’m Sports, Wellens conspires with celebrity athletes to prank some of their biggest fans.
Smashed Up: Top gaming and comedic talent dub in dialogue over video game “cut scenes.”
We‘re In The Game: One part battle of the YouTube stars, one part Wipe Out, the game show pits gaming personalities and their teams against each other in real-life versions of popular video games.
Game Fame: A reality series that gives fans an inside look at the lives of the world’s most successful professional gamers and gaming personalities.
Pro v Pro: From NBA stars to NHL and NFL players, some of the world’s most famous professional athletes go head to head in various video games.
Fantasy League: A series that puts top digital talent and pro-gamers to the test as they draft their own fantasy lineups across multiple sports and video game characters.
Watch the Legends preview here: