Intel is powering more than just computers this year. The technology company is in search of Australia’s next professional gamer and it’s funding a reality competition show to find them. Forty contestants will have the chance to compete for a spot on “The Next Gamer” Similar to “Big Brother,” a cornerstone show of reality TV, “The Next Gamer” will follow ten contestants living in the same house as they compete for the chance to become a professional gamer.
Two teams of five will battle over the space of a week at which time five contestants will be eliminated. The final five will face Oceania’s top gaming teams before competing against the LG Dire Wolves, Australia’s best League of Legends team. After it’s all over, the gamer who has shown the most skill will win AUD$10,000 in prize money and a six month contract with the Dire Wolves.
“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,” said Kristen Hardeman, consumer marketing manager, Intel ANZ. “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 competition will be streamed live on Twitch with edited highlights and challenges hosted on YouTube.