On March 19th, we introduced a wild new form of Game Show to the web, with “Let’s Face It with CHOPS,” hosted by a live avatar and featuring live contestants on a Broadcast Page.
Gary Jesch played CHOPS and performed, while running the customized Game Show as director and show engineer from his desktop, while his guest contestants were brought into the show via their webcams and a GoToMeeting connection. This is a new streaming video technology for CHOPS Webcasting as well.
The Game Show started out with a WebinarsOnFire commercial and then the contestants were introduced, followed by about 25 min. of action on a category-style game board for the first part and trivia-style questions for the second part. The contestants, Dana Stamos, Heather Butts and Ed Towey played for a prize of a $50 iTunes Gift Card, with Towey winning.
“We had originally planned to do this launch in January, but had to postpone it until March because some projects came up. Now we’ll try to do it live every two weeks, on Tuesdays, for a few months,” Jesch said. The next one is planned for April 2nd, with new contestants and a new theme for the questions.
GameShowPresenter.com supplied the game show software, which allows Jesch to rewrite the entire game in just about 30 minutes, including
text questions, photos and audio clues. Subjects can vary from travel to marketing to any topics at all. Jesch envisions a time when his clients will want him to customize the show for messages they want to get to their own audiences.
“This is edu-tainment, or business theater, as it’s known in the tradeshow industry,” Jesch explained. “Now on the web, we can do it in such a way where no one has to travel, from computers and via tablets. Our Number One goal is to make it so that anyone can watch, no matter what kind of device they are using.”
That goal has been nearly achieved for the replays, where people can watch on-demand, he said. “We still have a ways to go with the live streaming, but I think we’ll get there soon.” The main challenges are bandwidth and the many variations of Flash and browsers, and how they work with live video streams at 1280×720 pixels of resolution. “We want it to look and sound great,” Jesch emphasized.
To see their first web-based game show program on the BrandLive broadcast page, visit “Let’s Face It with CHOPS” via this link.