Entitled PLAYERS, this documentary series is produced by CBS Studios for Paramount + and will explore the world of esports through a comedic lens. Creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault will take a look at esports through a fictional League of Legends pro team aiming for their first league victory.
“PLAYERS is a documentary-style comedy series that follows a fictional League of Legends professional esports team as they pursue their debut championship after years of close calls and heartache,” a press release read. “To win it all, they’ll need their prodigy, a 17-year-old rookie, and their 27-year veteran to put their egos aside and work together. ”
This series will be produced by CBS Studios in association with Funny or Die and it will actually reunite Yacenda and Perrault after their work on two seasons of American Vandal. The two will serve as co-creators and executive producers for PLAYERS, but Yacenda will direct the series as well.
Joe Farrell and Mike Farah of Funny or Die will also executive produce, alongside Tim McAuliffe, Ari Lubet of 3Arts, Todd Sellers of Brillstein Entertainment Pictures and the studio behind League of Legends, Riot Games.
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Anyone who’s watched American Vandal, a sizzling and hilarious high school-based mock-documentary, knows that Yacenda and Perrault don’t pull any punches when it comes to telling their stories, so it’ll be interesting to see if the PLAYERS lean that hard on the the brutality, vulgarity, and critical nature that American Vandal did, especially with Riot Games actually involved.
League of Legends is a great window into esports as it’s one of the most played PC games in the world, generating billions of hours of gameplay each year. It also happens to be the biggest esport on the planet, with the 2020 League of Legends World Championship finals “generating an average audience record of 23.04 million minutes,” according to a statement from press on PLAYERS.
PLAYERS will hit Paramount + when it premieres, but the release date for the mock documentary series has yet to be revealed.
While waiting for the PLAYERS, find out why we gave American Vandal Season 1 a 9.1 out of 10 in IGN opinion then discover our thoughts on the second season in IGN’s American Vandal Season 2 review.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guidebook maker for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter @LeBlancWes.