Spout Entertainment Group, the Singapore-based E-Entertainment group behind E-Sports media portal Spout360.com, E-Sports influencer agency Spout Agency, E-Sports stadium Spout Arena (formerly Alienware Arena) and E-Learning Portal Cite announced today that it has joined forces with firm financier and content distributor Aurora Media Holdings to create a “first-ever 32-episode TV series leading up to an epic, new-generation cinematic franchise”.
This is said to be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
The announcement was made by Spout Entertainment Group’s Founder and CEO, Daryl Teo and Justin Deimen, Group Managing Partner and Head of Investments, Aurora Media Holdings.
Said Teo, “This E-Sports TV Series and Movie Franchise will be able to leverage upon Spout’s combined base of 30 million unique global visitors across all media subsidiaries and we will be looking to further expand our reach via Aurora’s strong regional distribution networks of traditional cable channels and movie cinemas.”
Added Deimen, “We are extremely excited to be working with Daryl and his team who share the same vision as we do in innovating on fresh content IPs and building out the largest new media asset classes in the world. 2018 will be a big year for E-Sports, as an Asian Games medal event for the first time ever in Hangzhou, China leading up to the Olympics and Russia hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup.”
“Alibaba has paved the promise of the E-Sports industry in doubling down on AliSports and we firmly believe that Spout will consolidate its dominance as the industry’s go-to partner in Southeast Asia.”
“Big Brother Meets The Voice”
The 4-part series will start off with “Game To Fame: Road To World Cup”, which will focus on FIFA Online.
With a Big Brother-meets-The-Voice reality TV format, contestants would be vying for professional gaming contracts, and at the end of the 8-episodes, debutants would get to compete against former pros in an all-stars invitational match.
Subsequent “Game To Fame” series will feature League of Legends (LoL), Defense of the Ancients (DotA) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO).
Casting will begin on 19 Aug across the region, and filming production is slated to kick off on 19 Sept.
Spout Entertainment and Aurora Media are also said to be in talks with strategic brand partners for both the TV series and movie franchise.
What’s Spout-ing Up In The Future?
The 2 have also announced that they will be embarking on “synergistic opportunities”, which include jointly-produced content, media events, and brand partnerships.
POPCONASIA, coming up on 5-6 Aug at the Jakarta Convention Center, will see the official launch of SpoutAgency, their E-Sports influencer management subsidiary, and Spout’s first artistes under management, including top shoutcaster Rikki Quaipon “Riku” from the Philippines.
In the recent years, Spout has expanded from text editorials to newer media attributes like video, live-streaming and offline-to-online payments.
Moving forward, they are also looking to create more partnerships for their community engagement initiatives in E-Sports, E-Learning and E-Entertainment.
Disclosure: Spout Entertainment is an investor of GRVTY Media, the parent company of Vulcan Post.