BBC Three has commissioned Fight For First: EXCEL ESPORTS, a new five-part documentary series on the esports scene.
Narrated by Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), the series follows the multimillion pound esports organisation EXCEL ESPORTS and its League of Legends team as they compete in The League of Legends European Championships in Berlin.
The team finished in tenth place in 2019, but given the new blood, huge financial backing and world class coaches, they are looking to make their mark on the global LoL scene.
Brothers Kieran and Joel Holmes-Darby founded the team in 2014 after brainstorming over a pint. Six years and an eight figure investment later, EXCEL now compete in one of the biggest gaming leagues in the world.
The team train in a state of the art facility in Twickenham stadium and given access to facilities usually only reserved for top athletes, including DNA testing, physiotherapy, sports psychology and nutrition.
BBC Three follows the players mid-season, living together in a gaming house and competing against the world’s best, while dealing with their personal lives and growing pains.
They are living the dream, but each player has their own deeper reason for gaming.
Murphy said: “My sons love gaming. When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought.
“It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”
Fight For First: EXCEL ESPORTS is coming to BBC iPlayer in early 2021.