Finn Wolfhard is officially a gaming influencer as a part of the PlayStation Playmakers program.
Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, an avid gamer himself, is now also a gaming influencer after joining PlayStations’ Playmakers program alongside other celebrities, such as LeBron James, Rina Sawayama, and King Bach. As he explained, he’ll stream himself playing PlayStation games and creating online experiences for his own fans of the PlayStation console.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Finn Wolfhard is the latest celebrity to join the PlayStation Playmakers program, following several other celebrities from areas of film, comedy, and sports. According to the actor, he’s interested in the Playmaker program because he really likes video games and the PlayStation platform, stating that it’s the only gaming system he has ever played on—that probably contract talk because mobile gaming is a thing, and everyone has tried it. With that said, it’s nice to see a star of a very popular show connecting with his gaming-loving fans.
In his recent interviews with Entertainment Weekly, Finn Wolfhard discussed his love for gaming and which video game adaptation he would want to star in. Of course, the list of gaming titles that actually deserve an adaptation continues to grow despite all odds and history’s teachings. Apparently, the latest Super Mario Bros. movie brought the winds of change with it, showing how a game adaptation should look like. Oh, and Sonic the Hedgehog was really good, too.
While struggling to narrow his list, Finn Wolfhard said that he’d love to star in a Jak and Daxter adaptation—a popular gaming franchise starting with 2001’s Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. As for his love for the PlayStation gaming platform, the Stranger Things star stated that he had played on the PlayStation for as long as he could remember. Apparently, his uncle, who lived with Wolfhard, had both the PS1 (abbreviated as the PSX in the emulation community) and PS2 consoles, and the first games Finn had ever played were on the PlayStation.
Naturally, Finn Wolfhard couldn’t resist the opportunity to be officially a part of Sony’s Playmakers program, Sony’s attempt to bring in more talent and thus attract more fans after being threatened by Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard—which is currently stuck, following the UK CMA’s block. The goal of Playmakers is to showcase their love for PlayStations through social media and gaming streams, thus resonating with the global audience whilst also representing the diversity of the PlayStation community.
This only shows that Sony’s losing touch with its gaming community, as its shutting doors to genuine gamer influencers and focusing more on celebrities who just happen to game occasionally. Of course, we’re questioning Finn Wolfhard’s gaming prowess; but we can’t help but wonder whether Sony would achieve more through its Playmakers program if it actually contracted the actual and established gaming streamers and content creators.
In the meantime, we’re all awaiting the return of Finn Wolfhard in the fifth and final season of Stranger Things, which still doesn’t have an official release date. But the fans of the series and the actor will soon be able to see clips of Finn Wolfhard blasting through his favorite PlayStation titles.