Mediarex S&E is creating a Poker Entertainment Framework
OVERVIEW: THE LEAGUE
Season One of the GPL features ~410 hours of livestreamed content – including sponsorship-ready hosted segments and brand-able online/ studio/ live gameplay spaces.
The focus is clear market viability in the long term; an organized, sports formatted & year-over-year arena for Poker to be enjoyed by the game’s 100+ million global fans
GPLs opening run is based around a 12 team, 2 conference structure with 72 top players under contract designed to bring legitimate poker competition in-line with established esports fan experiences – distributed through the same proven digital channels.
GPL Season 1
GPLs inaugural Season began with Draft Day in Feb., 2016, running online until the 2016 live Summer Series from the League's LV studio inside The Cube - before finishing out the final 8 weeks of regular online Season play beginning in Aug., 2016.
4 qualifying teams from each GPL conference move on to play in the GPL Playoffs live at TwitchCon in Sept., 2016 - with the 2 two teams from each conference moving on to the GPL Finals at The SSE Arena, Wembley in Nov., 2016.
The Online Season
14 Weeks of three-times-weekly match days featuring 6-Max matches & Heads-Up action between teams across their home conferences. Teams compete in the GPL Americas & GPL Eurasia standings - The End-Goal: Make it into qualifying position to compete in the Playoffs.
The Summer Series
36 Cross-Conference Heads-Up Matches (GPL Americas teams vs. GPL Eurasia teams) played live on-site in Las Vegas without delay from the confines of The Cube.
Playoffs and Finals
| THE NEW FAN EXPERIENCE |
Poker fans crave real time information when watching poker live. The Cube® enables on-site fans to see every angle of gameplay – players’ hole cards, hand discussions, outs, the board, player reactions and everything in between caught by dedicated in-Cube cameras & displayed overhead to the audience.
Built from the ground up to provide a completely unique fan destination for live events – from LED light tracking to live hand projection – interactivity wrapped up in a platform that highlights the drama inherent to the game of poker and turns it into a legitimate spectacle live.
- | GPLs CENTER STAGE – MOBILIZED ANYWHERE |
The Cube® can be installed/ uninstalled nearly anywhere in 2 days.
- | UNTOUCHED GAME INTEGRITY |
Show every aspect of the game live with unique sound proofing & one way clear walls – the audience hears and sees the players, but the players can’t see or hear the audience.
- | FULL SPECTATOR IMMERSION |
win/ loss percentages, hand analysis from experts & etc. – just as they would watching broadcast poker content. The difference: they’re right next to the action, watching live, in person.
HoldemX™ fuses the Heads-Up No Limit Texas Hold’em experience with turn-based videogames, utilizing an ‘xCard’ metadeck to directly influence Poker play.
The result is a multi-layered gaming experience that incorporates an added a strategic turn-based layer to normal gameplay & emulates the fast paced game rhythm of pure turn based strategy games.
HoldemX™ gameplay keeps No Limit Hold’em as it’s gaming foundation, while taking cues from games such as Hearthstone™ & Magic: The Gathering™ – and drafting/ utility banning structures inspired by League of Legends™ & etc.
| “If [HoldemX™] is successful, it might be just the creative shot in the arm the poker world needs.” | – ESPN
(U.S. Patent filed in October, 2015.)
The platform for GPLs vision of fan-centric broadcast play, PokerCaster takes the positive aspects of online play – 3-4x as many hands played per hour, no need for a human dealer – and places them into the League’s live TV/ livestreamed poker arena – The Cube.
The PokerCaster interface opens up endless possibilities for gameplay configuration to create the best viewing experience:
- No need for a poker table.
- No need to play sitting down.
- An insider’s view for fans to see players’ cards & see how much they plan on betting –poker’s version of always having a court-side seat during broadcasts.
| GPLs online arena offers live games, isolated players who are free to talk strategy (and anything else) directly to the audience in real-time & all hole card information, for every player & every hand. |
The League’s Online Arena solves Poker’s central audience needs:
- Live Coverage
- The ability to view player’s Hole Cards live
- The ability to hear players’ thought processes in real-time
Conventional coverage makes having all 3 available impossible – with the GPL Online Arena its the new standard.
Mediarex S&E operates twin studios in North America (Las Vegas) & Europe (Malta) rigged for full live productions of live & online matches featuring players competing either on-site or remotely via GPLs Online Arena:
- Full direct streaming, live editing & remote-capture capabilities.
- Multi-camera Lounge, Commentary Desk & Live-Play sets.
- Full integration between on-set talent/ livestream production room & remote/ on-site competition arenas.