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Disney XD Sets Summer Gaming Block

 Disney XD will get its game on beginning in July with a new programming block dedicated to the world of gaming targeted to viewers 13 years old and up.

The D|XP summer programming block will debut July 15 and will showcase games, publishers, events and prominent personalities across the gaming landscape including both entertainment gaming and esports, said network officials. The block, which runs from 9 pm to 3 am, will feature content produced in collaboration with ESPN, Disney Digital Network and its Maker creators, IGN, Attack Media, Warner Bros. Television Group's Blue Ribbon Content, Banger Films, ESL (Electronic Sports League) and VICE's Waypoint.

"Gaming is a lifestyle for our audience. This summer, we're collaborating with leading creative partners in the industry to deliver original programming, access to some of the biggest esports tournaments and leagues, and entry to key gaming-related events,” said Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, Programming and general manager, Disney XD in a statement. “D|XP will showcase diverse storytelling across the video game landscape, and celebrate gaming culture and community."

Among the original shows developed for the block are Polaris Primetime, a weekly one-hour playthrough gaming and variety show hosted by gaming personalities Jimmy Wong of Rocketjump and Strawburry17 (Meghan Camarena); Parker Plays, hosted by Parker Coppins; tar of the popular YouTube gaming channel ParkerGames.

VICE’s Waypoint will develop Waypoint Presents, which will cover the most important stories in gaming.

Other programming includes: The IGN Show, a daily show from IGN, and The Attack, a daily variety show, said network officials.

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