Let's Play Live! (often abbreviated as LPL) is an on-stage rock band concert style event and one of the newest forms of gaming entertainment created, hosted, directed, produced and orchestrated by Rooster Teeth in which various Rooster Teeth staff members along with special guests play video games, release shenanigans, funny skits, dance and sing in a wave of colorful lights, sound and smoke machines and release comedy sketches in front of a live audience, which are hosted at live concerts in front of a huge live crowd especially including stuff they "aren't allowed to do on YouTube" (i.e. taking off their shirts). As the name would suggest, Let’s Play Live will feature members of Rooster Teeth’s Achievement Hunter and Funhaus (along with other fellow RT staff and special guests in a live setting which fans can attend and catch all the Achievement Hunter action in person (which doesn’t seem incredibly dissimilar to gatherings like DigiTour, which put digital stars directly in front of their fans). The website site for Let’s Play Live states the Achievement Hunter members will be “doing what they do best, having an awesome time playing your favorite video games.”
The idea for the first in-gaming person event came to life in fall of 2014, following the success of Rooster Teeth's 2014 24-hour Extra Life live stream, benefiting Extra Life, a fundraiser charity benefiting hospitalized children. With 2014's Extra Life live stream raising over $442,000 for Children's Miracle Network (Rooster Teeth raised a total of $442, 389 for Extra Life), Rooster Teeth, which recently became acquired by Fullscreen, set their plans in motion for this concert, believing that people will pay to watch some of their favorite digital stars play video games in person, a Let’s Play Live event, which will premiere at the Austin City Limits (ACL) Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas, on Friday, February 20, 2015. Initial plans were to host the concert in December of 2014, however, the release date was pushed back to February of 2015.
According to Achievement Hunter’s Jack Patillo, the Let’s Play Live show may not have been restricted to just Austin’s city limits in the future. He told an inquiring Twitter user that the event could “expand into a larger tour” if it’s successful enough (which it could very well be, considering the Achievement Hunter panels and live video game play-throughs at Rooster Teeth’s annual RTX convention are always packed to the brim).
Rooster Teeth tweeted that tickets are now on sale via Ticketfly for the Let’s Play Live show in Austin starting at $39.50 per person. VIP ticket options are also available at $218 per person. Interestingly enough, no professional photography or audio/video recording equipment (cell phones, video cameras) will be allowed at the event. This was either because Rooster Teeth wants to make the initiative exclusive for attendees or maybe that’s just Austin City Limits‘ policy.
Their first event was held on February 20, 2015, at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas (full info here and here) starring Achievement Hunter and Funhaus (which had recently joined the Rooster Teeth family. It was announced that Rooster Teeth would debut "Let's Play Live: The Documentary" on September 14, 2015. On that day, a documentary was released about the event for sponsors on their website. It can be found here.
In 2016, three more Let's Play Live! shows and concerts were held, with the first at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on June 17 (full info here) the second at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on August 19 (more info here, here, here and here and the third to be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York on October 8 (full info here). Achieveemnt Hunter and Funhaus repreised their roles from the first concert (excluding Ray, Spoole and Joel Rubin) These events also feature appearances by other members of the Let's Play family; Funhaus, ScrewAttack, Game Attack, Kinda Funny, Cow Chop and The Creatures (full info here).
|Event Date||Concert Name||Event Location||Starring|
|February 20, 2015||Let's Play Live!||Austin City Limits (ACL) Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, Texas||Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, creators of #IDARB, other RT staff and special guests/internet personalities.|
|June 17, 2016||Let's Play Live! 2||Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California||Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, ScrewAttack, Kinda Funny, The Creatures and CowChop.|
|August 19, 2016||Let's Play Live: Chicago||Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois||Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, The Creatures and Kinda Funny|
|October 8, 2016||Let's Play Live: New York||Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan, New York City, New York||Achievement Hunter, Funhaus and CowChop|