Inkshares announced today that Nerdist’s next theme in its publishing contest series will be video games. This follows the conclusion of Geek & Sundry’s debut contest, in which Tal M. Klein’s debut The Punch Escrow took the top prize in the “hard science fiction” genre.
Full press release below:
Nerdist Announces “Video Game” Theme for Next Inkshares Publishing Contest
“Video Game” Theme Targets Emerging Genre Within Science Fiction, Winner Receives Publishing Deal and an Oculus Rift
May 27, 2016 (Oakland, CA)—Inkshares, a start-up crowdfunded book publisher, announced today that Nerdist’s next theme in their publishing contest series will be “Video Games.” This follows the conclusion of the Geek & Sundry’s debut contest, where Tal M. Klein’s debut The Punch Escrow took the top prize in the “hard science fiction” genre: a full publishing deal with Inkshares and honor of being the debut book in the Geek & Sundry Collection.
The “Video Game” theme is also the first theme in the contest series with Nerdist and Geek & Sundry that aims to find stories in an emerging rather than an established genre within science fiction. The video game industry is already bigger and growing faster than any other type of media—with the ubiquity of mobile devices, emergence of virtual reality, and rise of eSports only adding to that growth. The Nerdist audience and broader science fiction community are as passionate about gaming as they are about books and movies, with the best-selling video game novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline in production to become a blockbuster movie directed by Steven Spielberg.
The three contest finalists within the “Video Game” genre with the most unique reader pre-orders will be poised to take full advantage of this growth. They will have their books published by Inkshares with perks including editorial and design services, printing, marketing, and distribution into bookstores nationwide. The finalist with the most unique reader pre-orders will win an Oculus Rift. And then Nerdist, owned by Legendary Digital Networks, will then select at least one of the winners to be in their growing Inkshares Collection, including the opportunity to develop their work into other media such as movies, television, and other digital productions
Rachel Heine, Editor-in-Chief for Nerdist said, “We’ve run from zombies, traveled to a real-life LARP world, and explored the depths of deep space… Now we’re tackling video game adventures, a genre near and dear to our hearts. And with E3 right around the corner, what better way to kick off a new Inkshares contest? We cannot wait to read all the submissions and see what you guys come up with. Who knows? Maybe we’ll find the next Ready Player One!”
“Readers decide what we publish, and this makes us able to uncover market trends in stories before anyone else” said Jeremy Thomas, CEO of Inkshares. “Video Games have had a profound effect on storytelling and we’ve noticed a rise in video games as a core element in Inkshares projects. We think it’s brilliant of Nerdist to explore emerging genres within science fiction to find stories poised to capture the imagination of our increasingly digital world.”
More information on the contest can be found on the Inkshares contest page. Stay tuned for additional theme announcements from Geek & Sundry and Nerdist, and follow along with the contest’s progress on Twitter @GeekandSundry, @Nerdist, and @Inkshares.
About Nerdist Industries
Nerdist is a multi-platform creator of genre and popular culture content. Founded by CEO Chris Hardwick, its online presence includes Nerdist.com featuring Nerdist News hosted by Jessica Chobot as well as weekly shows Because Science, The Dan Cave, and Nerdist Play; a Podcast Network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast; The Nerdist School comedy training program; and the Nerdist Alliance, a community of curated partnerships with some of YouTube’s most talented creators. Nerdist also produces content for television including @midnight for Comedy Central. Nerdist Industries is owned by Legendary Entertainment and is part of Legendary Digital Networks which also includes Geek & Sundry and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.
About Geek & Sundry
Geek & Sundry is a digital entertainment company recognized for providing the best in award-winning Internet television content featuring leading voices in geek culture and lifestyle. Founded in 2012 by Felicia Day, the company offers a diverse content lineup of video games and tabletop gaming, such as Wil Wheaton’s TableTop, and explores the verticals of comics, music, literature, comedy and beyond. The network has also recently launched GnSLive on Twitch that provides of 30 hours of live content every week. Geek & Sundry is owned by Legendary Entertainment and is part of Legendary Digital Networks which also includes Nerdist Industries and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.
Inkshares is a reader-driven publisher. Readers select the books they publish. Inkshares then edits, designs, prints, distributes, and markets any book that meets a pre order threshold. Since launching in February 2014, 105 books have reached their pre-order goal on Inkshares and they’ve received coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Publishers Weekly.
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