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The Amazing Race pits contestants against pro Street Fighter 5 players

CBS reality show goes esports ... with a twist

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The next episode of CBS reality competition The Amazing Race will include an esports challenge: Contestants will have to face — and defeat — a pro gamer in Street Fighter 5. That may sound like an unfair requirement; some of the world’s best Street Fighter players, including Seon-woo “Infiltration” Lee and Chung-Gon “Poongko” Lee, will appear on the show. Naturally, there’s a twist.

The Amazing Race will make the challenge slightly easier for contestants by providing them with a coach who will teach them the basics of Street Fighter 5. But if they can’t knock out their opponent in 10 rounds, they’ll receive an advantage: The pro player will be forced to play one-handed. If they fail 10 more times, the pro player will fight wearing a blindfold.

The show’s esports challenge, which takes place in South Korea, is one of the show’s Roadblock tasks, meaning only one team member can partake. Teams won’t know what they’re up against, but they’ll get a clue about the task beforehand.

The Amazing Race airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS. This week’s episode, “As Easy as Stacking Cups,” premieres on May 25. You can watch a clip from that episode above.