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League of Legends Esports and Paramount Plus have announced that their new series “Players,” a comedy mockumentary about an esports team, is set to premier on June 16. The announcement came alongside a trailer, revealing new details about the plot of the show.
The League of Legends comedy series comes from the creators of “American Vandal,” Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, with production from Funny or Die. It will be streamable exclusively on Paramount Plus. The series was originally announced in August 2021.
“Players” follows Fugitive Gaming, a fictional esports team competing in the League of Legends Championship Series as they pursue their first championship after years of close calls and heartache. To win it all, they will need their prodigy, a 17-year-old rookie, and their 27-year-old veteran to put their egos aside and work together.
From the trailer, the show looks to center on the tensions between “Creamcheese,” the aging veteran player played by Misha Brooks, and “Organizm,” the young gaming prodigy played by Da’Jour Jones. The show also blends real-life elements by using branding from the LCS in the show. Real life League of Legends pro Noh “Arrow” Dong-hyeon of Immortals also appears as one of the players on Fugitive.
Other cameos in the trailer include LCS analyst Joshua “Jatt” Leesman and former commentator Indiana “Froskurinn” Black.
The show also draws on the North American LCS as inspiration for the plot. In the trailer, Fugitive begins as a group of players in the early days of professional esports, similar to real organizations like Counter Logic Gaming. From there, Creamcheese and his org grow towards stardom as esports continues to draw in bigger and bigger audiences.
Coby Zucker is Upcomer's resident CS:GO writer. He's also played League of Legends at the collegiate level and is a frequent visitor in TFT Challenger Elo. He's a firm believer that Toronto should be the next big esports hub city.