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Amazon MGM Studios, Global Esports Federation Ink Content Deal

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It’s game on for Amazon MGM Studios‘ TV division!

MGM Alternative, a division of Amazon MGM Studios, announced a pact with the Global Esports Federation to create a range of content built around the GEF’s Global Esports Games, esports pro athletes and “the gaming lifestyle.” MGM Alternative’s productions include such reality shows as “The Voice,” “Shark Tank” and “Survivor.”

The Singapore-based GEF, founded in December 2019, says it “promotes the credibility, legitimacy and prestige of esports globally.” The organization and MGM Alternative will work together to develop new linear and streaming content, as well as live events within GEF’s esports conventions and events.

“With the global interest in esports at an all-time high, we’re eager to share the stories and excitement surrounding the Global Esports Games, their athletes and the gaming lifestyle,” Barry Poznick, GM of MGM Alternative, said in a statement. “This is the beginning of an epic collaboration with the Global Esports Federation to develop content that appeals to the worldwide audience of gamers and non-gamers alike.”

The collaboration with MGM Alternative “will amplify the voices of diverse esports athletes, showcasing their compelling stories to the world,” commented Paul J. Foster, CEO of Global Esports Federation. “Together, Global Esports and MGM Alternative will provide an innovative platform that will power growth and value for the world’s esports community.”

The GEF’s events include the annual flagship Global Esports Games (GEG), the pro-series Global Esports Tour and continental Marquee Events. Following Singapore 2021 and Istanbul 2022, the GEF in December 2023 staged the third edition of the Global Esports Games in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The GEG will head to China this year, followed by the UAE in 2025, the U.S. in 2026 and Qatar in 2027.

MGM Alternative’s unscripted projects include “The Voice” (NBC), “Survivor” (CBS), “Shark Tank” (ABC) and “Beat Shazam” (Fox), along with upcoming series “Gladiators UK” (BBC) and “Gladiators Australia” (Ten). In addition, Amazon MGM Studios owns Evolution Media, producers of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules” for Bravo; and “Botched,” which airs on E!. The studio also owns Big Fish Entertainment, producers of “Hot Dish With Franco” (Food Network), “Ugliest House in America” (HGTV), “White House Christmas” (HGTV) and “America’s Top Dog” (A&E).

Pictured above: Wales win gold in the Rocket League (Open) Grand Finals, defeating rival England, at Global Esports Federation’s Commonwealth Esports Championships in Birmingham, August 2022.

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