Homosexual drama Gameboys gets the recognition it deserves!
Filipino YouTube and Netflix series Gameboys was nominated for an International Emmy Award. The series was nominated for the Live-Action category of the 2021 International Emmy Kids Awards.
Gameboys is a Filipino show that started out as a web series. The story follows a teenage video game streamer named Cairo. One day, Cairo receives a video call from its online rival named Gavreel. But to his surprise, Gavreel asks Cairo for a date. But the global pandemic is hampering that fulfilling love, and the new couple are struggling to date long-distance relationships.
The show was one of the first BL (Boys’ Love) series in the Philippines. BL was originally a genre of gay romance that formed in Japan and was created by women for women. But over the years, queer voices have come together to absorb and create in the genre … like Gameboys.
In reality, Gameboys became so popular that he got a cropped version called Gameboys Level-Up Edition. This new version of the series was an extended cut that included new scenes and additional footage. It was then distributed worldwide via Netflix. On top of that, a trailer for the show’s second season Recently dropped, a film project is in the works, and a lesbian romance spin-off with a bisexual woman aired earlier this year. Additionally, the series received the award for Best Web Series at the Indie Shorts Awards in Seoul, South Korea.
“Gameboys is ultimately that love transcends all limits, even those set by our new reality, ”said executive producer Jun Robles Lana. “These are two people who find themselves at a time when they can only connect virtually. I think that’s what makes it so popular with audiences all over the world. We want to believe that you can still find love and companionship even in the midst of a pandemic. “
Gameboys director Ivan Payawal also shared his honest surprise at the popularity of the series.
“I knew we had a show we can all be proud of, but it’s just overwhelming to see fans all over the world commenting and posting about it – many of them even create reaction videos to tell what point they liked our episodes! “