The first trailer. for the upcoming series, Players, has been released by streaming service, Paramount+. Initially announced in 2021, the show follows a League of Legends esports team striving to win the world championship.
The show’s creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault – previously of American Vandal – are the executive producers and will begin streaming on June 16.
The mockumentary follows the exploits of fictional esports team, Team Fugitive. Top player on the team, Creamcheese, is used to being the center of attention. When the team brings on 17-year-old, Organizm, Creamcheese struggles with his diminishing career and the shifting team dynamic. Meanwhile, Organizm finds it challenging to live up to fans’ expectations.
Team Fugitive has made it to the world championship multiple times in the past but has never sealed the deal. To win the championship, Organizm and Creamcheese will have to find a way to work together.
“It’s just a matter of time until Creamcheese is no longer the face of the franchise because fans are ready for the era of Organizm,” says a voiceover in the trailer.
Naturally, the tension between the two players will be a key part of the esports mockumentary series. The show follows the familiar sports troupe of a hot new player clashing with the aging star of the team, and Players promises to be a cringe-worthy comedy.
Also in the world of Esports
The popularity of esports is on the rise, with the F1 Esports series breaking viewership records in 2021. Recently, the government of Italy created an official esports federation in order to regulate the growing industry. Additionally, Lamborgini has launched its own esports team. NBCUniversal teamed up with Anzu to expand its gaming and esports operations.
While Team Fugitive is entirely fictional, real esports teams, Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses, can be seen in the trailer. Additionally, Riot Games is involved in the show’s production. Thus far, the trailer is receiving positive feedback on YouTube.