Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Mini SNES this morning, it was revealed that the esports league for Channel Seven's new gaming show, screenPLAY, would feature two games.
According to a drop given to the Australian Financial Review, screenPLAY's esports league will start with two games and function as a feeder competition for Australians to play in larger, international tournaments.
"We need to have this sustainable approach to this total video strategy – esports is the next big cab off the rank ... we are aware that the target audience for esports, therefore ScreenPlay, do not come to broadcast for their first point of contact," Clive Dickens, chief digital officer at Seven, told the AFR.
He wouldn't say what games the league would kick off with. League of Legends is the largest in the local scene, although Call of Duty and Counter-Strike have a established, long-term presence in Australia. Overwatch is also fairly popular, and the structure of the upcoming Overwatch World Cup and Blizzard's aspirations for the game might fit in with Seven's idea of creating a feeder league for international competition.
You can read the full story over at the AFR. I also interviewed the hosts of screenPLAY, Good Game alumni Stephanie Bendixen and Nich Richardson, about the show and what they want to achieve at Channel Seven.
There's a neat visual trick when you visit the screenPLAY studios at Channel Seven. After exiting the first floor, you walk through what could be any ordinary office building towards a set of double doors. Those open to a much larger passageway with black floors and black walls, what you'd expect from a standard TV studio.