The greatest skateboarder in the world lacks a doubt Tony Hawk, king of vert and developer of the extremely popular Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater computer game series—the 2020 re-release of the very first 2 titles saw 1 million copies offered in the very first 2 weeks alone.
The greatest skateboarder in the world today is probably Nyjah Huston, king of street and the highest-paid skateboarder worldwide.
Hawk and Huston come from 2 various ages, however together they form a more total story of the history of skateboarding—from its bowl and vert origins to its trendy street supremacy today.
And anybody who’s gotten a controller to play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 considering that its re-release believes questioned what it would resemble to see skateboarding’s greatest legend skate head-to-head with its greatest star.
That’s precisely the principle behind a brand-new Monster Energy streaming series “Live and Unleashed,” which begins June 14 with skateboarders Hawk, Huston and Lizzie Armanto and professional player Tyler “TeeP” Polchow fighting it out in the renowned video game. What’s more, the stream will likewise include video of Hawk, Huston and Armanto in a skate session at Huston’s personal skate park.
The stream will be hosted by popular snowboard character and Monster Energy professional athlete Luke “the Dingo” Trembath and can be enjoyed on Monster’s Twitch channel.
Director Paul Taublieb explains the occasion as a “full remote TV production, integrating coverage of live, state-of-the-art skateboarding as Nyjah and Tony perform in Nyjah’s world-class skatepark combined with them playing themselves as video game characters.”
To accommodate streaming speeds, TAUBLIEB Films is generating a high-speed satellite uplink and remote six-camera production fly-pack production equipment, and studio lighting and audio abilities. The objective is to make the occasion feel more like a network broadcast than a video stream however preserve a grassroots feel that will be at house on Twitch.
“Monster Energy was looking for a way to make an impact in gaming while also staying true to its roots as an action sports lifestyle company,” stated Taublieb. He and his company and life partner at TAUBLIEB Films, Susan Cooper, have actually dealt with Monster for practically 15 years, acting as their innovative firm and material business.
TAUBLIEB Films’ production efforts will be supported by marketing firm and brand name studio Zoned Gaming. The 2 will partner on performing a method to assist broaden the Monster brand name in the video gaming home entertainment world.
“Our approach is to combine our classic cinematic visuals with a personality-driven approach, and the tweak it all with the right music, style and approach that is sensitive and respectful to culture of gaming and the Twitch audience,” Taublieb stated.
In the stream, which will follow a round-robin format, Hawk and Huston will play head-to-head as their characters in video game; Armanto and Polchow will likewise challenge. At the conclusion, Dingo will crown the first-ever “Live Unleashed” champ. Bonus video of Hawk, Nyjah and Armanto at Huston’s personal storage facility will supplement the competitors element of the stream.
American-Finnish skateboarder Armanto has actually looked like a playable character in Tony Hawk’s Shred Session, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. She has actually long trained with Hawk at his personal half pipeline in a storage facility in Vista, California.
Huston, now 26, initially ended up being a playable character in the Tony Hawk’s series in 2006 with Tony Hawk’s Project 8, and likewise appears in Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground, Tony Hawk: Ride, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5—in addition to, obviously, the re-release of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2.
On Sunday, Huston took 2nd location at the street skateboarding world champions in Rome and certified to represent the U.S. in the Tokyo Olympics this summer season.
“I have literally grown up as a character within the THPS games since I was 12 years old, which is awesome,” Huston stated. “Whether a character in the game or skating with Tony here in my park, it’s exciting to show the world what we do as skateboarders.”
“I’m proud of how Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater has expanded the skateboarding world,” Hawk stated. “It has been one of the highlights of my career to see these games evolve and help inspire an entirely new generation of skaters and gamers.”
Future streams in Monster’s “Live and Unleashed” series will consist of a UFC-themed program in which Monster Energy Mixed Martial Arts fighters Daniel Cormier and Stipe will take their competition into the video gaming sphere, while professional player “Hungrybox” in fact gets in the octagon. A 3rd stream will be constructed around the collaboration in between Monster Energy and Apex Legends.
Monster Energy is a significant sponsor of both skateboarders and players; its lineup of skaters likewise consists of the U.S.A.’s Tom Schaar and Ishod Wair, Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler and France’s Aurelien Giraud. Its video gaming group consists of the United States’ Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid and the U.K.’s FNATIC.
“We’re excited to bring together Monster Energy’s amazing athletes and gamers in our new Unleashed streaming series,” stated Monster Energy’s CMO Dan McHugh. “We have been fueling both skaters and gamers alike for decades and we’re excited to offer a fun and unique crossover that is representative of our company’s diverse consumer culture.”