YouTube's Geek Week kicks off in August, with 'Gaming Thursday' on August 8th

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Jul 24, 2013 04:55 PM EDT
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Jeff Kanew saw this day coming. As a multi-billion dollars a year industry, with movies, tournaments, and such, no longer are video games and gaming in general relegated to musty basements. It's officially pop culture (arguably, it has been for years). Acknowledging as much, YouTube is launching "Geek Week," a celebration of all aspects of geek culture, including video games.

 "With more than half of our top 20 non-music channels dedicated to geek culture, YouTube has become a top destination for fans everywhere to create, share and watch geek content." said Danielle Tiedt, Chief Marketing Officer, YouTube. "We're excited to shine a spotlight on this global community during Geek Week and debut all-new videos and series created by some of our most popular channel partners."

 Movies, sci-fi, science trivia and more will all be included during the week long event, but you'll probably want to tune in for "Gaming Thursday" on August 8th, which will offer play-thrus, games in real life, original series, and more. This day of programming will be hosted by Machinima, and produced in conjunction with Nerdist.

 Each day is hosted by a different YouTube channel, so if you're also interested in what else YouTube will be highlighting that week, you can check out a schedule below:

- BlockbusterSunday
: A celebration of the iconic characters, movies and shows that define geek culture - plus a spotlight on the best original YouTube sci-fi, fantasy and animation. Hosted by FreddieW. 

- Global GeekeryMonday
: Anime from Tokyo, comic-book heroes from Delhi and a celebration of Doctor Who. Explore geek culture from around the world. Hosted by YOMYOMF.

- BrainiacTuesday
: Science, education and knowledge channels that make YouTube the world's biggest platform for learning. Hosted by Veritasium and The Spangler Effect.

- SuperWednesday
: From hilarious parodies to real-life super-powers, explore superheroes, the supernatural and the super-weird. Plus, released exclusively for Geek Week, the trailer forMarvel's Thor: The Dark World. Hosted by Stan Lee's World of Heroes.

- GamingThursday
: A gamers paradise, with live play-throughs, videogames in real life, game-inspired original series and much more. Hosted by Machinima and Maker Studios' Polaris.

- FanFriday
: Sci-fi-themed cooking, incredible cosplay and impassioned nerd debates as YouTube's biggest fans take center-stage. Hosted by Geek and Sundry.

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