G4 network to return in 2021


G4, the defunct cable television network that featured tech, gaming, and entertainment programming, is apparently returning in some form in 2021, according to a teaser posted by IGN during Comic-Con@Home, the online replacement for San Diego Comic-Con 2020.

It looks like G4, the hip-tech television network that went off the air in 2014, might be coming back. A teaser tweeted from the suddenly-active G4 Twitter account leads viewers through a virtual storage room of relics from the network’s past, before interrupting a long-running game of Pong with an image of the G4 logo and “2021.”
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G4 launched in 2002 with shows focusing on videogame news, reviews, and competitions that formed a sort of primordial esports scene, and hosts including Jessica Chobot, Alison Haislip, Geoff Keighley, Olivia Munn, Kevin Pereira, Adam Sessler, and Morgan Webb. It was a brightly-burning candle, but conventional television shows are an ill fit for very online audiences, and after multiple mergers and ownership changes it ceased operations at the end of 2014

The official Twitter accounts for Attack of the Show! and X-Play, G4’s best-known shows, also posted the teaser along with a tagline: “We never stopped playing.” The only other activity currently visible on those accounts is retweets of tweets from 2012.

The teaser contains few details on the way in which the TV network and/or its signature programming would return. In the one-minute video, a camera pans through a dark warehouse until it comes upon a game of Pong being played on a CRT television. The TV’s screen glitches and displays the words “incoming transmission,” before the camera flies through a very 2009-era animation of zooming through internet wires that eventually resolves to the G4 logo. The year 2021 appears on the screen, followed by the aforementioned tagline.

G4 was a television network that launched in 2002 and shuttered in 2014. Among video game fans, it’s probably best known for shows like X-Play (originally hosted by Adam Sessler, who expressed apparent surprise at Friday’s announcement) and Attack of the Show!, a live pop culture and review show with a collection of funny hosts. Olivia Munn, one of the show’s former hosts, also retweeted the G4 teaser video.

G4 was most recently owned by Comcast subsidiary NBCUniversal. It’s possible that the network could return as part of Peacock, the streaming service that the company fully launched last week. We’ve reached out to NBCUniversal for comment, and we’ll update this article with any information we receive.

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