The Internet Reacts To ScreenPLAY’s Cancellation

Less than a year after it was formally announced, the team behind screenPLAY announced that the show had been cancelled. It’s the second cancellation of a show about video games from a major broadcaster in two years, and as expected, fans have been vocal in their displeasure at Channel Seven’s decision.

The first announcement came out via the official screenPLAY account, but each of the show’s hosts (Stephanie Bendixen, Nic Richardson, Miles Ross) and some of the production crew eventually expressed their sadness through their own social accounts later that evening.

Fans expressed a lot of anger at Channel Seven for the decision, while others noted that they mostly engaged with the show’s content through YouTube or other channels.

Other users also questioned Seven’s foresight in airing screenPLAY at the timeslot they did (having moved around on Thursday nights, before being shifted to Friday), while others questioned whether commercial Australian television is capable of supporting digital-first ventures like screenPLAY, or video games in general.

Seven’s decision also means the cancellation of screenPLAY‘s esports league, which the network had announced was in the works in the middle of last year.

“In many ways this also represents a new, predominantly millennial audience for Seven – digital and social media natives as opposed to linear TV consumers – but one which we greatly look forward to
serving directly through our exciting screenPLAY platform,” Seven’s chief digital officer Clive Dickens said at the time of screenPLAY‘s announcement.

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