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Quibi teams with esports giant FaZe Clan for gaming competition series

Short-form streamer Quibi has teamed with esports organization FaZe Clan to launch the gaming competition series FaZe Up (w/t). Produced by entertainment and sports media company Whistle, FaZe Up will utilize ...
February 5, 2020

Short-form streamer Quibi has teamed with esports organization FaZe Clan to launch the gaming competition series FaZe Up (w/t).

Produced by entertainment and sports media company Whistle, FaZe Up will utilize interactive mobile technology to offer six Quibi subscribers the opportunity to play their way onto the FaZe Clan roster.

Six contestants will be selected and voted upon by the Quibi audience for their shot at gamer glory. The six lucky competitors will then travel to the FaZe Clan mansion in Hollywood to undergo a series of real-life and gaming challenges, until one gamer — selected by FaZe — is left standing.

FaZe Up is directed by William Silva Reddington with Harrison Nalévansky as showrunner. Executive producers include FaZe Clan, Nathan Gaines, Dennis Lisberger, Nalévansky, Mike Basone and Charles Segars.

“We have had an incredible partnership with FaZe and couldn’t be more excited to take it to new heights with this show, especially on a unique platform like Quibi,” said Michael Cohen, president of Whistle, in a statement. “Whistle is all about incorporating our fans into our content and so the fact that the Quibi audience gets the ability to participate and immerse themselves in this experience is a truly perfect fit.”

“Over the past 10 years, FaZe Clan has not only contributed to the growth of the gaming lifestyle and the esports community, but we have broken barriers and are not afraid to disrupt the status quo,” added FaZe Clan head of content Oluwafemi Okusanya. “In 2020, we plan to do the same with content creation and media distribution. The FaZe Up show represents our next chapter in content creation with our first premium production effort and in collaboration with innovative partners like Whistle and Quibi.”

Quibi launches April 6.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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