Grandparents and gamers team up in a new TV show

A NEW TV show, which pairs up gaming children with their grandparents in order to take on video gaming challenges, released today.

The show, Game on Grandparents, features young boys and girls with dreams of entering the blossoming esports market.

Minecraft is one of the games the teams have to face.

Minecraft is one of the games the teams have to face.

Esports is a serious business, with some tournaments awarding prizes of up to $40million (£33million) to players.

The young gamers will have the handicap of being put on a team with one of their non-gaming grandparents and must teach them how to play.

Each of the older members of the team will have time to practice the different games, while the children have to take care of chores around the house.

Not only do they have to be good at a large variety of games, but they have to be able to coach their relatives as well.

The twist is the children won’t be playing at all, only their grandparents.

There are 18 pairs, who will take part in competition on the big stage just like a real esports tournament.

The games have been picked from a wide variety of genres including: Minecraft, Just Dance, Wii Ski, Mario Golf, Mario Kart, Wipeout, Gran Turismo, Super Smash Bros and Splatoon.

This means the teams have to make sure they are as good at shooters as they are at racing games, and nimble enough for Just Dance at the same time.

Julia Hardy, the host of the show, said: “It’s been such a pleasure to see all of our families spend time together and learn from each other.

“All whilst creating a memory that they’ll never forget. 

“I mean who would forget playing on an esports stage in front of a live studio audience just like the pros?”

The show hopes to show the older generation the value of gaming, and how they can take part and be included in their grandchildren’s hobbies.

At the same time, it also shows the children the effort which goes into running a house.

Game on Grandparents will air on CBBC every Monday at 9:15am and is also available on iPlayer.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.

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