Deadline Hollywood and Deadline.com founder Nikki Finke is not one to play games, but even she might make an exception for the Deadline Hollywood Game, which is set to hit Facebook later this summer.
Players aim to succeed in Hollywood by following career paths including actor, screenwriter, producer, director, agent, and studio executive, and real-time breaking-news headlines from Deadline.com will affect game play.
The Deadline Hollywood Game will initially be invite-only for “select showbiz insiders,” but Facebook users can pre-register here to be alerted when the game goes live and to enter a drawing with the grand prize of a “Hollywood Mogul Swag Bag,” as well as 40 runner-up prizes, pairs of movie tickets.
In the press release announcing the game’s debut, Finke said:
I started thinking about creating a realistic Hollywood game about three years ago, and I kept coming back to the many interviews that began, “I arrived in town with $50 in my pocket and lived in my car while I looked for that first job.”
The Deadline Hollywood Game will allow experienced gamers, real-life Hollywood players, movie fans, and casual users to truly experience the grit, intrigue, and rivalry of the Hollywood industry. And just like the real town, this game is not for every schmo — only the strongest will survive.
Jay Penske, chief executive officer of Deadline.com parent Penske Media Corp., added:
No media outlet is more plugged into the behind-the-scenes of Hollywood business than Deadline.com, which sets the agenda for news and opinion. With real time news updates, there is no better way to experience Hollywood than through a game based on the website.
Paramount Digital Entertainment president Thomas Lesinski added:
To capture the essence of the inner workings in Hollywood, this game incorporates actual entertainment news feeds as reported by Deadline.com, which is an innovative next step for the Facebook game platform. There is nothing in the marketplace today that comes close to this level of authenticity.
And Liquid Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Holly Newman said:
The Deadline Hollywood Game has been an exciting project for us. Being able to do live updates to the game’s content to incorporate the real headlines from Deadline.com means that players will be able to stay connected to the real Hollywood while trying to conquer the virtual one.
Readers, can you think of any other game that was inspired by a blog, or one that incorporates real-time news into its play?