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Disney’s latest kid’s show about eSports pro

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Cameron boyce

eSports has been breaking out of its niche market and going mainstream. The sports themselves are broadcast on ESPN in the states and generally grabbing more attention. Now Disney is jumping on the bandwagon in the weirdest way.

According to a Disney press release, Disney XD has ordered a new live-action comedy series titled “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything” starring Cameron Boyce of the Disney series Jessie. The series “centers on a teenage professional video game player who circumvents life’s challenges using his gaming acumen”.

Conor (Cameron Boyce), a 15-year-old video game phenom, is forced to attend high school for the first time after a thumb injury sidelines him from the glamorous pro gaming circuit. As a coping mechanism, he begins to visualize life as a video game. He is reunited with his three former gamer friends who he left behind for life on the pro circuit World Tour, and he quickly realizes that restoring his friendships is vital in his quest to “level up” to his former glory.

Gaming visual effects will be integrated into each episode and the whole thing sounds awful. However, it’s great to see that gaming and particularly eSports are so mainstream that Disney will base a character on it. Of course it all sounds completely unrealistic – the mere fact that they’d call the pro gaming circuit glamorous proves that Disney has done zero research on the topic.

Wait, why am I bothering to critique a Disney XD show? I’m obviously not the target demographic so of course the show will sound awful to me. But it’s nice for kids to know that pro-gaming is an option, and for girls to develop crushes on eSports pros, even if they’re depicted as something completely other to what they are in real life. No such thing as bad publicity for eSports… right?

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Last Updated: January 4, 2017

14 Comments

  1. Hammersteyn

    January 26, 2015 at 10:15

    • ToshZA

      January 26, 2015 at 10:19

      He actually does O_o

      Reply

      • Keaton

        January 26, 2015 at 10:27

        Agreed xD

        Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        January 26, 2015 at 10:28

        Well 70% anyways 😛

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    • HairyEwok

      January 26, 2015 at 10:30

    • HvR

      January 26, 2015 at 10:33

      He looks like the long lost lovechild of Rince and Stitch

      Reply

    • HvR

      January 26, 2015 at 10:33

      He looks like the long lost lovechild of Rince and Stitch

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        January 26, 2015 at 10:37

        XD

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  2. RinceThis

    January 26, 2015 at 10:27

    Sounds like propaganda to stop kids from wanting to play games later in life. I call FOX on this…

    Reply

  3. BMXWufam

    January 26, 2015 at 10:29

    Que eSports players insuring their thumbs.

    Reply

  4. Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

    January 26, 2015 at 10:43

    I would rather have them bring back the old Dungeons and Dragons cartoons from the 80s.

    Reply

  5. Matthew Holliday

    January 26, 2015 at 10:53

    so basically video game highschool?
    because that totally isnt already a thing

    Reply

  6. SlagywaG

    January 26, 2015 at 10:58

    So basically they are stealing VGHS in a way…

    Reply

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