A new reality competition series is coming to TBS featuring the popular game The Sims: Electronic Arts’ Sims Spark’d is a new 4 episode series featuring 12 popular Simmers from the online community competing against each other in skills and elimination challenges. $100,000 in prizes will be awarded at the end of the competition. The contestants will be challenged in each of the areas that makes the Sims very popular. Racing against the clock, they’ll be trying to impress the judges in the categories of building, creating characters and storytelling.
Production began on the series late last year at EA’s Broadcast Studio in Redwood City, Ca., with the hardest part for the contestants being keeping this a secret from their respective online communities. That huge sigh of relief you heard on Twitch, yesterday, that was them after the announcement was finally made.
The competition series will be released under Turner Sports’ eSports and Buzzfeed Multiplayer. The host, not a Sim (Gary’s being silly) is Rayvon Owen, a finalist from American Idol’s fourteenth season, and a player of the game himself. The judges are also familiar with The Sims. They are Buzzfeed multiplayer producer, and YouTube personality, Kelsey Impicciche, singer-songwriter Tayla Parx, who has done voice work for the game, and who’s song “Me VS Us” can be heard in the Sims 4: Get Famous expansion pack (in the sims native language, Simlish, of course), and finally, Dave Miotke, who has been working for EA’s Maxis studios, and therefore The Sims, for the past 15 years, who is better known to the Sims community as SimGuruNinja.
Episodes will air on TBS every Friday starting on July 17 at 11 PM (both Eastern and Pacific), with a rebroadcast on Saturday mornings, episodes will then be shown on Buzzfeed Multiplayer’s YouTube channel the following Monday.
In addition to the show, a series of in-game challenges in The Sims 4 called The Sims Spark’d Challenge will start on Friday, July 17, and those who show that they have what it takes to be a top creator can win a chance to be considered for a future season of The Sims Spark’d.
The Sims franchise has been around for 20 years. Created by Will Wright, the game became extremely popular from the moment it hit the shelves. Since that time, there have been four incarnations, several spinoffs, the game is available on both PC and consoles. Drew Carey has been known to have been a simmer, even appearing in one of the first Sims expasion packs, House Party, provided the party you were throwing was an awesome party.
While names of contestants weren’t announced in the trailer, Some at SCIFI.radio are familiar with a lot of the contestants featured and hope you will check out their Twitch and/or YouTube channels to give you an idea on their personalities and what they may be bringing to the series.
- DeeSims: YouTube Channel. Twitch Channel
- DoctorAshley: YouTube Channel. Twitch Channel
- DrGluon: YouTube Channel. Twitch Channel
- LittleSiha: YouTube Channel. Twitch Channel
- Plumbella: YouTube Channel. Twitch Channel
- Simlicy: YouTube Channel.
- Simproved: YouTube Channel. Twitch Channel
- Spring_Sims: YouTube Channel. Twitch Channel
- Steph0Sims: YouTube Channel. Twitch Channel
- The English Simmer: YouTube Channel. Twitch Channel
- XMiraMira: YouTube Channel. Twitch Channel
- XUrbanSimsX: YouTube Channel.
Be sure to check out these amazing content creators, and cheer them on when Sims Spark’d debuts July 17th
Gary DaBaum, SCIFI.radio On Air Personality, occasional writer, and all around nice guy, is working on becoming an online streamer, playing games like The Sims for all to watch. He’s not a great builder, though. He tried building once, the Sim City Building Commission condemned it. You know how embarrassing it is getting that notice from pixelated characters. And what’s worse, they weren’t even part of the game’s program.