Having aired between 1992 to 1998, GamesMaster was the biggest gaming related show in the UK. It garnered seven seasons and even its own magazine. Yet, despite its success, Channel 4 ultimately took it off the air. All these years later and the show is set to be rebooted.
According to a pitch for brand partners on the Channel 4 website, GamesMaster is expected to be a "social first show", meaning it will first appear on places such as YouTube and the E4 Channel. It will then transition to E4 TX and become an All 4 box set.
An official outline for the show was revealed in Channel 4's pitch to brand partners:
"This year, five bold celebrities will embark on a gaming odyssey but only one can go on to become the GamesMaster champion and take home the Golden Joystick.
They’ll undergo challenges, races and fights in virtual battle across all genres of gaming under the watchful eye of the all-knowing GamesMaster.
Each week at least one celeb will be eliminated…Over the three episodes, five will become one and the winner will be crowned. They’ll play each other at everything from iconic classics to brand new releases. We’ll also be serving tonnes of extra gaming-themed content to our audiences to keep them coming back for more."
Even more interesting is the image of Sir Patrick Stewart hidden within Channel 4's website (thanks, Nintendo Life), hinting he could be the next GamesMaster. The original show was hosted by Sir Patrick Moore, meaning Stewart has a big position to fill if true.
There are no confirmed details as to when we can expect GamesMaster's return, but bringing gaming into the spotlight again via a terrestrial TV channel is great news. Now, let's see if the fantastic magazine can be resurrected too.
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