A new worldwide streaming channel dedicated to gaming and eSports is being launched by Cinedigm and The WHAM Network.
The WHAM Network will be a 24-hour streaming channel providing news, information and entertainment available across all major connected mobile devices, gaming consoles, and set-top boxes.
The companies are currently in talks with additional platforms, skinny bundle providers, and cable operators in order to make the channel broadly available on all modes of distribution. The channel is expected to launch in the third quarter of 2017.
Founded in 2016 by Gary Kleinman, with a dedicated team of native gamers, entertainment, media and advertising professionals, WHAM has over 20 original series slated for production, with a target of at least 160 hours of original programming in 2017. The new channel will include news, celebrity gaming, and documentaries as well as reality, gaming competitions and live event coverage.
"WHAM is extremely excited to launch this gaming lifestyle and culture channel," said WHAM founder and CEO Gary Kleinman.
"We couldn't be happier than to work with the exceptional team at Cinedigm, an organisation that has tremendous experience in all avenues of content distribution on a global basis."
Chris McGurk, Cinedigm chairman and CEO, added: "We are thrilled to be working with Gary and the rest of the top-notch team at WHAM to bring this very timely streaming channel to audiences worldwide."
"Given the huge global market and fast growing consumer obsession with esports and gaming, we fully expect this channel to resonate with audiences and provide a tremendous growth opportunity."