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The first videogame game show to hit broadcast television was called Starcade. The show featured contestants battling it out for high scores at the eras most popular arcade games in front of a live studio audience. The show first aired in 1982 and ran for 130 episodes over three seasons. Shout! Factory, the curators of retro pop culture, has acquired the rights to the original series and are in the early stages of producing a reboot with some of the main players behind the scenes of the original series.

Broadcast TV, basic cable mostly, has tried the videogame game show a few times, with a good portion of the original G4Tv network being built on video and computer games as shows. The market for this kind of programming seems niche but Shout! Factory’s streaming service may be the absolute perfect place for such a program. Stay tuned for a premiere date…

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