Here's how that H1Z1 TV broadcast deal went down

Were you scratching your head over last week's announcement that H1Z1 would be bringing its upcoming PvP tournament to the CW network? We were too, which is why this interview with Daybreak makes for fascinating reading. So how did that TV deal happen?

Apparently CW has prided itself on being the first broadcast network to take an interest in e-sports, joining ESPN and TBS in showing live video game matches to interested viewers. H1Z1: King of the Kill Executive Producer Chris Wynn said that the deal happened because of Daybreak's connections with the pro team Echo Fox and the interesting twist that this winner-takes-all tournament will provide.

"We have a unique opportunity to do something with King of the Kill that no one else can do," Wynn said, "and that’s putting on a tournament with 15 teams of five players each all competing at the same time. It’s not a ladder-style knockout like in traditional sports. All these guys will get into one game, in one match, and all compete simultaneously. This unique experience is what appealed to the different partners."

Wynn said that H1Z1 reached "a tipping point" late last year among the e-sports and Twitch communities and has seen increased popularity ever since.

Source: [A]list
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miol_
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miol_

So we're getting Hunger Games much earlier on RL TV, than we thought.

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Alberto

I was just saying the same thing to myself this is the closest we get to the Hunger Games in RL no wonder the TV Execs went for it its easy for them to understand the appeal they just had to point to that IP to sell the idea for THIS IP.

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Rottenrotny

"SWG players, our next game is dedicated to you," Smedley wrote. "Once we launch it... you can come home now."

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Greaterdivinity

Remember the last time you spent a ton of money trying to turn a non-traditional shooter requiring a large number of players playing simultaneously into an esport, DBG?

How'd that work out for ya?

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Alberto

Your forgetting the appeal of the Hunger Games, which is what this is basically, I'm thinking this is actually going to succeed even with Non-gamers. In fact I'm betting most of the audience will watch it will be non-gamers who have never heard of H1Z1 KOK.

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Greaterdivinity

This isn't Hunger Games, but more akin to the work it's loosely based from - Battle Royale. Though we've got a few of those games on the market already, H1Z1's only "twist" is that it's also team based rather than solo.

Hunger Games appeal isn't necessarily the core premise, but a mixture of it's young adult styled writing and the movies casting choices.

I fully expect the usual CW audience to react to a H1Z1 tournament about as positively as the usual ESPN audience reacted to HotS or any other game that was ever broadcast - by getting pissed off at whatever the fuck is being shown instead of programming they actually want to watch.

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Reht

Better than Landmark and EQN!

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deekay_plus

>product favoured by audience that increasingly eschews paying for traditional media like tv
>spend loads to bring the things they do like to traditional media like tv

time warner exec: this will get millenials watching riverdale and flash on cable!

me:

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draynar

How is this game competitive? (I honestly asking never played it and unsure how survival games can be esports)

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Tanek

A few of the survival games have an esports-like version separate from the base survival game. Time to level and resource gathering might be sped up, threats might be different, and there is usually a mechanic to push players into smaller and smaller areas.

So these are played as short multi-team matches rather than the general persistent play of the survival game.

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deekay_plus

i think it's probably the battle royale style arena mode that people still play and pay for at all which gets actual development still. not the survival game.

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