METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES AND COLUMBIA PICTURES TEAM UP WITH TWITCH FOR THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN ONLINE GAMER SHOWDOWN
DURING 2-HOUR LIVE EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 19
Seven of Twitch’s Most Magnificent “Counter-Strike: Go” Gamers Face Off For Two Hours Only
(Culver City, September 16, 2016) With The Magnificent Seven starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt out in theaters next Friday, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, have teamed up to create an epic showdown featuring seven of the top Counter-Strike: Go online players. Fans can join in on the action as these seven gamers test their skills as Saviors vs. Bandits through a special Western-themed map.
With this event, Twitch is broadcasting the first ever “Counter-Strike: Go” exhibition game with seven of the most-followed players in the company’s history.
On September 19 from 4 PM – 6 PM (PST), Twitch will create the ultimate showdown for a true fan event that will allow viewers to interact with the seven gamers and suggest “handicaps” as they battle each other to become the last gamer standing. To the victor go the bragging rights on an epic gun battle.
The event will air live on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/twitch) as well as on www.Mag7Showdown.com. Hosted by GoldenBoy along with commentator John “Blu” Mullenm, the live stream will feature Twitch’s “Magnificent Seven” broadcasters Summit 1G, TimTheTatman, iiJERiiCHOii, HayliNic, JoshOG, Reynad27, and 2MGOverCSquared. These influencers have a combined reach of over four million followers with more than 200 million views on their channels. The live event will also include special messages from film stars Chris Pratt and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and exclusive footage from the film.
Commenting on the announcement, Elias Plishner, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Marketing for Sony Pictures. “Twitch has never before brought so many respected and skilled gamers with such a huge following together for a single game. As these seven face off, this is an unparalleled opportunity to bring the action, intensity and fun of The Magnificent Seven to millions of fans worldwide.”
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent Seven, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua. The screenplay is by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. The producers are Roger Birnbaum and Todd Black.
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About Sony Pictures
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Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.7 million broadcasters. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. Twitch also features Twitch Creative, a category devoted to artists and the creative process. For more information about Twitch, visit the official website and blog.