Will Ferrell plans to do to eSports what he did to NASCAR with Talladega Nights. Teaming up with Legendary Pictures, Ferrell will star as a member of a professional eSports team, an anomaly in a sport where players usually retire in their 20s due to slowing hand-eye coordination. Michael Kvamme and Jordan Dunn will write the script. Evil Geniuses and Fnatic, two of the premiere eSports teams in the world, are in discussions to have a presence in the film.
What used to be relegated to basements and computer labs now fills arenas across the US, Europe and Asia. The biggest eSports tournaments feature teams of five playing head-to-head matches on a stage, with fans watching the game on the jumbotron. Today’s top eSports players are as young as 15, and can earn millions of dollars through prize money, endorsements and streaming. The 2016 prize pool for the game DOTA’s championship was over $20 million, and last year’s League of Legends finals had more viewers than the World Series or NBA Finals. The 2015 League of Legends finals had more viewers than the World Series or NBA Finals. These events resulted in revenue of more than $900 million this year as today’s top eSports players can earn millions of dollars through prize money, endorsements and streaming online.
The film has yet to receive a title.