EXCEL ESPORTS has announced that online television streaming channel BBC Three will broadcast a five-part series following the trials and tribulations of the UK-based esports organisation.
Fight For First: EXCEL ESPORTS will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from early 2021.
The series will follow the organisation during the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) 2020 Spring Split, where its League of Legends roster narrowly missed out on qualifying for the playoffs.
It has also been announced that the series will be produced and directed by Simon Rawles, with Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee Cillian Murphy narrating the programme.
Kieran Holmes-Darby, Co-Founder and Chief Gaming Officer at EXCEL ESPORTS, spoke on the documentary in a release: “This five-part series showcases our attempts to reach the League of Legends European Championship play-offs for the first time in our history and is a completely unique insight into EXCEL ESPORTS and what goes on behind the scenes of a major esports organisation.
“At EXCEL, whilst competing at the elite level, we pride ourselves on always striving to be better, and the series demonstrates how we practise, prepare and play. Not only will it offer our fans a deeper look into what we do, but it will also offer people who are completely new to esports a fascinating perspective of our exciting industry.”
In November, EXCEL ESPORTS unveiled a brand overhaul complete with a new logo and its “Power of Better” vision. It also extended its existing partnership with Belong Gaming Arenas along with unveiling footballer Dele Alli as a global ambassador for the organisation.
Fiona Campbell, Controller at BBC Three, also commented: “The BBC Three in-house documentary team have created a fascinating series and true insight into the world’s fastest growing sport – and one that has a huge following and importance to our audience. We’re excited to be the first UK broadcaster to follow an esports team through a global esports competition, taking viewers behind the scenes as the teenage team members juggle competing on a world stage with their lives at home.”
Esports Insider says: The BBC has gradually increased its involvement in esports over the past 12 months. Given its track record in producing some of the best documentaries in the world, this series following EXCEL’s LEC team will be a must-watch for esports fans.