'The Sims Spark'd': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the gaming reality show
Contestants will have to tell the best Sims story possible in order to win a cash prize of $100,000
'The Sims' has been capturing imaginations for years, allowing gamers to build characters and simulate a seemingly infinite variety of stories with rich, intricate in-game lives. Now in its fourth incarnation, 'The Sims' is coming to reality television to see who can create the greatest stories of all. Gamers will compete to tell the best story they can for a cash prize of $100,000 and that's the money they'll be getting in real life. We have the release date, cast information, trailers and everything else you need to know about this unique gaming reality television show coming to TBS.
'The Sims Spark'd' releases on TBS on July 17 with an online version releasing worldwide on June 20 on BuzzFeed’s “Multiplayer” YouTube channel.
'The Sims' players from around the world will gather and be challenged to create the best in-game Sims story they can with a time limit of two hours. A panel of celebrity judges will determine the winner, who goes home with a whopping $100,000. 'The Sims' is a worldwide phenomenon where players can build a character and take them through a simulation of a whole life, beginning to end, deciding their Sim's preferences, career, home, family and habits along the way.
“Something that has always been so special to The Sims is the community and how much our players connect with each other to celebrate, share, collaborate, and show off the things they’ve been able to make or share their stories," Lyndsay Pearson, GM of 'The Sims' franchise, told The Verge. "What we’re doing with Spark’d is a really interesting evolution of exactly that. It’s the same DNA, the same motivation."
What's more, players of 'The Sims 4' get a chance to play along with the show as well — several in-game events in the game will feature challenges that tie directly into the show.
The first four episodes feature a roster of 12 contestants with an online presence, known for their Sims' talent. The show also features a panel of celebrity judges.
Tayla Parx is an American singer, songwriter and actress, having made appearances in shows like 'Gilmore Girls', 'Everybody Hates Chris' and 'True Jackson, VP'. She has contributed to albums by Ariana Grande, Khalid, Jennifer Lopez and BTS. She's no stranger to 'The Sims' franchise either as she's provided vocal talent for 'The Sims Olympus'.
Kelsey Impicciche is an online social media star who gained fame for her 'Dangerous At Any Speed' weekly vlogs on her YouTube channel. She has also made a name for herself as a Buzzfeed employee, and as an actor in 'Just Another Nice Guy' and 'The Changing Room'.
The panel of judges will also feature Dave Miotke, a game developer who has worked on 'The Sims' for years, and former 'American Idol' contestant Rayvon Owen.
You can watch a trailer for the series here.
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