When you hear the words ‘reality TV show’ your mind immediately races to big egos, lovers’ tiffs, and big money prizes for usually doing the square root of jack.
However, the world of reality television is now branching into competitive League of Legends, with a brand new competition-style reality show being made by Riot Korea. Don’t worry though, this is no ‘Junglers of Beverley Hills.’ According to Korizon’s Ken Kim, the show is called ‘LOL THE NEXT’ and it will see a cohort of 100 young players – who are all Diamond 1 or above in ranked League of Legends – go through a series of challenges and be whittled down to just ten.
The remaining ten players will be split into two five-man rosters, and each team will be coached by two veterans of competitive League of Legends in Korea. One team will be overseen by retired duo Heo ‘PawN’ Won-seok and Lee ‘Wolf’ Jae-wan, and the other will be headed by the also retired Jang ‘MaRin’ Gyeong-hwan and KT Rolster bot laner Kim ‘PraY’ Jong-in.
These two teams will then do battle at the LCK’s LoL Park in Seoul, where the winning side will be awarded a cash prize of 50 million Korean won (about $41,000) and an unspecified “special opportunity.”
Introducing LoL THE NEXT, the first-ever Korean Survival Audition Program that is based around League of Legends.
It will make its first broadcast on the 2nd of August, 3:30 PM KST. pic.twitter.com/11UkmMbeva
— Kevin Kim 🦆 (@KevinKimLoL) July 27, 2020
If you want to see 100 promising young LoL players battle it out – probably to the backdrop of some intense music and sob stories – all episodes are going to be streamed on the LCK’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
The first episode is billed for August 2.