Those who can’t fathom the growing popularity of people watching others play video games in-person at esporting events and online via YouTube videos and Twitch live streams should be further mystified to find that a film has been made about these gaming voyeurs.
On Sept. 14, the Austin-based male-skewing content creator and MCN Rooster Teeth will premiere “Let’s Play Live: The Documentary.” The film follows the crew behind its web site Achievement Hunter as it mounts a live gaming event, while simultaneously exploring how gaming is taking over the venues once reserved for rock stars.
The film will be available exclusively to Rooster Teeth “sponsors.” The price of becoming a sponsor — which comes with perks such as early access to Rooster Teeth videos and a 5% discount at its store — ranges from $9 for three months to $60 for three years.
Founded by Matt Hullum and Burnie Burns in 2003, Rooster Teeth was acquired by Fullscreen in 2014. Rooster Teeth has a multi-channel network that’s racked up over 19 million YouTube subscribers and more than 5 billion views and a website that gets 3 million unique monthly visitors, powered by such popular online series as “Red vs. Blue,” “RWBY,” “The Gauntlet,” “Rooster Teeth Shorts” and “Immersion.” It’s first feature film, “Lazer Team,” is scheduled to premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX, on Sept. 24.