Excel Esports’ League of Legends team is getting its own BBC documentary

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If you’ve ever wanted a look behind the curtain into the inner workings of a League of Legends esports team, then an upcoming documentary might be right up your alley.

UK esports organisation Excel will see its LEC team as the focus of a brand new documentary to be aired on the BBC early next year. Despite finishing ninth, tenth, and seventh twice in its last four LEC splits, the documentary will be called Fight for First: Excel Esports. While we may meme about the title, this actually promises to be an eye-opening look into the world of competitive League of Legends as the BBC follows Excel throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

According to a press release, the documentary will explore Excel’s players “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships and fame,” as well as the “deep-rooted reasons why gaming plays such an important role in their lives.” While the Spring Split began as any other, being played offline in the LEC’s Berlin studio, the coronavirus pandemic sent the competition online, so there’s a good chance this will be explored too.

Fans of attractive Irish actors will also be excited to learn that the documentary is narrated by Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, who says that working on the series has made him realise how big an industry esports actually is.

“There is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought,” Murphy says in a press release. “It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

The announcement of this documentary is yet another example of the BBC becoming more invested in esports programming. The broadcasting giant has recently aired coverage of regional League of Legends competitions and recently struck a deal with tournament organiser BLAST to show BLAST Premier CS:GO events for the remainder of 2020.

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