"The Know It All: Leaderboard," a new weekly show focused on e-sports, made its debut on YouTube late Tuesday afternoon.
The 9-minute, 27-second episode of the news show is the first content in a new venture that brings together two Austin new-media companies, Rooster Teeth Productions and The Daily Dot. "Leaderboard" airs on "The Know," one of Rooster Teeth's popular YouTube channels, which as of this writing has 343,298 subscribers.
The show is hosted by Rooster Teeth's Jon Risinger and Meg Turney and features Daily Dot's Jared Wynne as an e-sports correspondent.
While Rooster Teeth has long been known for its rabid fan base and huge audience for video, The Daily Dot is primarily an online news site covering web and social media culture. But it is now making a big push into video after having hired Josh Rubin, a long-time Austin-based producer for CNN as an executive producer and director of its video efforts.
Rubin, who has been at Daily Dot for about a month, said Daily Dot, which devotes seven regular contributors, a full-time reporter and an editor to e-sports, is handling editorial content while Rooster Teeth is handling productions.
Rubin believes that The Daily Dot's seriousness about covering the space sets it apart from other news organizations that might dabble in e-sports. "People are very passionate about it. The worst thing you can do is show up and be a poseur and not pronounce names correctly and not understand the ins and outs of the sports."
The first episode covers not only events like a massive "Team Fortress 2" tournament, but the recent acquisition of the Twitch game-streaming network, which was acquired by Amazon. That news was breaking just as the episode was being put together, Rubin said, and became the lead item for the show.
The show will regularly cover players switching e-sports teams, what specific players are doing and trends in the field. "We'll cover this as diligently as 'SportsCenter' would cover football or soccer," Rubin said.
The show will air on Tuesdays. The companies, both privately held, are not revealing financial details of the deal.
You can see the first episode below or check it out on YouTube:
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