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Let's Play Live! (often abbreviated as LPL) is an American live on-stage rock band concert-styled in-person gaming event as we one of the newest innovative forms of gaming entertainment created, hosted, directed, produced, orchestrated and performed by Rooster Teeth in which and where various Rooster Teeth staff members (Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, Game Attack), along with some non-Rooster Teeth employees who are special guest stars (i.e. Game Grumps, mega64) and occasionally audience members play video games, release shenanigans, funny drama skits/plays, magic tricks, dance, play musical instruments and sing in a wave of colorful lights, music, sounds and smoke machines as well as release and perform comedy sketches on a large center stage at a theater or ballroom in front of a huge live audience crowd in person, especially including doing 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 Rooster Teeth 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.”[1][2]

The event was co-founded by Rooster Teeth staff members Jack Pattillo, Geoff Ramsey and Gus Sorola. Ever since it's founding, Let's Play Live has grown, expanded, developed and evolved from a small "test event" concert at a decent sized theatre stage in Downtown Austin, Texas at Austin City Limits (ACL) Live back in mid-February of 2015 featuring only Achievement Hunter, newcomer Funhaus (which recently joined Rooster Teeth two weeks ago), and several other Rooster Teeth staff members (i.e. Adam Ellis, Gus Sorola) and special guests (i.e. creators of #IDARB) to a cross country road trip concert featuring the entire Rooster Teeth Let's Play channel family network, with Achievement Hunter and Funhaus reprising their roles alongside fellow ScrewAttack! (now ScrewAttck's secondary gaming channel division and Rooster Teeth's newest gaming brand Game Attack), Kinda Funny, The Creatures and CowChop, with the event having already covered four major cities in four different states (Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, California, Chicago, Illinois, and Manhattan, New York City, New York) as of December 2016 and with many more to come. At present, Gus, Jack, Geoff and Bethany Feinstein are in charge of the event.

History

The idea and inspiration for the first Rooster Teeth in-gaming person event is said to have come from Achievement Hunter performing live video game play throughs at RTX 2014 live, powered and broadcasted by Twitch, playing Minecraft and GTA V Online in-person on the RTX center stage in front of a live audience crowd in a very similar manner.[3][4][5][6][7][8] [9][10] [11] [12]. Jack discussed the possibility of making this "idea" become a "thing" with Geoff and Gus on and off for a bit from time to time[13][14]. The idea once again reignited and 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.[15]

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).[16]

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. Professional photography equipment or audio/video recording equipment will NOT be permitted. 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.[17][18][19][20] 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 Dates

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
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