Just once you thought there could also be too many streaming services, another one is coming in 2022–but for the primary time, gamers are its sole focus. This latest addition to the ever-growing list of media platforms isn’t an alternate to Twitch, either–it’s targeting a ridiculously underserved, yet ever-growing, audience who demand all-new series and shorts supported by their favorite franchises.
Announcing itself officially at E3 this month, and available to stream for free of charge when it launches in 2022, Binge is going to be a video streaming service that promises to make and broadcast premium-level original series and shows inspired by the foremost popular video-game worlds.
Binge will stream on any internet-connected device, including TV, mobile, games consoles, PC, Mac, and Linux, and was created with a core focus to handle ideas and IPs carefully, ensuring the source material “respects the fans and therefore the games that inspire them.”
In a similar thanks to Team Liquid’s Virtual Stadium concept announced in January, Binge also plans to supply a “Squad Parties” function that aims to harness existing online communities by allowing friends to observe content together during a gamified manner, “earning meaningful rewards only for watching series and shows.”
Adopting a “by gamers, for gamers” mantra, Binge has already attracted variety of media veterans with a shared passion for gaming, who hope to take care of a collaborative approach to deliver its big promises.
Among them is Allan Ungar, director of the acclaimed 2018 Uncharted Live Action Fan Film, who now is Binge’s chief content officer. Already, Ungar and therefore the team have signed a variety of partners and development deals with content creators, game publishers, and studios, with a view to “produce premium original series across retro, indie, and blockbuster titles.”
Ungar explained that while directing his “love letter” Uncharted fan film with Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake, he wanted to “prove there was an area for these sorts of adaptations,” adding that “it was about staying loyal to the IP and therefore the DNA of that world.”
He continued: “The support the film received shed light on the very fact that there’s a true demand for this type of content. Now we are thrilled to bring that very same passion and fandom to Binge. But, most significantly , to make a chance for gamers round the world to actively contribute and help define the longer term of games entertainment with us.”
More is on the horizon, says Cody Hackman, Binge’s co-founder and chief strategy officer. He said: “What sets Binge apart is that we’re bridging the gap between gaming and traditional entertainment, bringing the simplest of both words together.
“We’re fully committed to delivering high-quality content that respects the games we love. Over the approaching months, we’ll share more information as we set the stage to welcome fans to the last word platform for original gaming entertainment.”
Gamers who want to become so-called “Binge Founding Members” are going to be ready to check in for updates soon. Gamers will need to wait until E3 and beyond to find out about those all-important planned programmes–though the Uncharted fan film, which matches head-to-head with Sony Pictures’ official combat the franchise, will most certainly feature on the platform.