The original GamesMaster TV show first aired on Channel 4 in 1992. It ran until 1998 and was the first British television that was solely dedicated to video games. Channel 4 have now stated that they will be relaunching the iconic show on social platforms first.
The show will launch on E4 as well as YouTube and social media platforms. It will see five celebrities competing against each other in three episodes. The winner of these episodes will be crowed the GamesMaster champion
GamesMaster was originally hosted by Dominik Diamon, with the titular GamesMaster being portrayed by Sir Patrick Moore. It covered everything regarding video games, from reviews to challenges. The challenges themselves were between players who played to win a GamesMaster Golden Joystick trophy – now a highly sought after item in the collecting communities. There was also a popular GamesMaster magazine that was published between 1993 and 2018, far outlasting the series.
“They’ll undergo challenges, races and fights in virtual battle across all genres of gaming under the watchful eye of the all-knowing GamesMaster.”Channel 4
Channel 4 have outlined the show that will span three weeks, with one episode releasing per week. “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.”
There is speculation that Patrick Stewart may be involved in the project as Channel 4‘s website has an image of him next to the GamesMaster logo, but nothing yet has been confirmed.