The Biathlon: Firing Guns Under Pressure
The Biathlon: Firing Guns Under Pressure
The Biathlon: Firing Guns Under Pressure

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Game 3, and it's the first elimination match! Either Emma Blackery or Katie Steckles is out, and it's a game of pure strategy, planning, and slightly over-the-top demonstration graphics. Playing in the tournament: EMMA BLACKERY, video gamer: STEVEN BRIDGES, magician: HANNAH NICKLIN, game designer: KATIE STECKLES, mathematician: The tournament is "double elimination", which means you have to lose twice -- or lose in the grand final -- before you're knocked out. Six shows, six games, only one winner. Game on. Production Facilities: YOUTUBE SPACE LONDON Floor Manager: JOSH HADLEY Game Producer: DAVID BODYCOMBE - @davidjbodycombe Editor: MICHELLE MARTIN - @mrsmmartin Director: MATT GRAY - @unnamedculprit Producer: TOM SCOTT

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