A NEW TV show that pairs gaming kids with their grandparents to take on video game challenges was released today.
The Game on Grandparents show features boys and girls who dream of breaking into the thriving esports market.
Esports is serious business, with some tournaments awarding prizes of up to $40 million (£33 million) to players.
The young players have the handicap of being put on a team with one of their grandparents who don’t play games and have to teach them how to play.
Each of the older members of the team will have time to practice the different games while the children have to take care of the housework.
Not only must they be good at a variety of games, but they must also be able to train their relatives.
The twist is that the kids won’t play at all, only their grandparents.
There are 18 couples who will compete like in a real esports tournament on the big stage.
Games have been chosen from a variety of genres including: Minecraft, Just Dance, Wii Ski, Mario Golf, Mario Kart, Wipeout, Gran Turismo, Super Smash Bros and Splatoon.
That means teams need to make sure they’re as good at shooters as they are at racing games, while still being nimble enough for Just Dance.
Julia Hardy, the show’s host, said: “It has been a great joy to see all of our families spending time together and learning from one another.
“And all while creating a memory they will never forget.
“I mean, who would forget playing like the pros on an esports stage in front of a live studio audience?”
The show hopes to show the older generation the value of gaming and how they can participate and be involved in their grandchildren’s hobbies.
At the same time, it also shows the children the effort that goes into running a house.
Game on Grandparents airs every Monday at 9:15am on CBBC and is also available on iPlayer.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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