The series will premier on June 16th, featuring a clash of personalities as an embattled LoL esports team works to win their first championship.

Riot Games and Paramount+ have released the trailer and release date for their upcoming series Players, centered around League of Legends esports.

The series stars Misha Brooks and Da’Jour Jones as Creamcheese and Organizm respectively. To help Team Fugitive win their first championship, the veteran and the prodigy will have to put aside their differences in the bot lane.

Paramount’s Players will also feature appearances by LoL Esports talent and community figures. It will premiere on June 16th, 2022, with the first three episodes. Following that, an episode will release every Thursday, with 10 episodes in total.

Paramount Players - The fictitious "Team Fugitive" back in 2015
“Team Fugitive in 2015” prior to their fictitious rise to the LCS

Community involvement in Players

Paramount’s Players is getting serious support from Riot Games and community members. The LCS studio in Los Angeles is a primary filming location. Casters Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines, Joshua “Jatt” Leesman, and David “Phreak” Turley, as well as ex-caster Indiana “Froskurinn” Black, all make appearances in the trailer. So does current pro Noh “Arrow” Dong-hyeon, who will be playing another member of Team Fugitive.

Fugitive on LCS stage - A screenshot from Paramount Players' trailer
“Team Fugitive”‘s LCS segments seem to have been filmed at the LCS studios

Riot Games and LoL esports writer Kien Lam has confirmed his involvement, as well as that of LoL esports youtuber Gbay99 and LCS broadcast writer Elias Inaty. Gbay99 said on Reddit that the show is “completely representative of League over the years, [there’s] so much attention to detail in making it true to life.”

Will Paramount’s Players be successful?

Paramount Players Poster
The release poster for Players. Image via CBS and Paramount+.

Riot Games have built a small history of success in TV shows with the rise of Arcane. However, a comedic documentary-style series based on esports is something completely different.

Some online have expressed disappointment on how the trailer seems to poke fun at esports rather than taking it seriously, while others have said that as long as they pull off the comedy, that kind of thing should be fine.

It’s highly unlikely that Paramount’s Players reaches the heights of the costly Arcane (which also released on Netflix, a major advantage). However, Riot and Paramount+ can certainly still build something that esports fans and others can enjoy.


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A writer from Niagara, Canada, Shawn covers VALORANT, League of Legends, and PUBG. He previously wrote for THESPIKE.GG and is a journalism student at Ryerson University. He has also been accredited press for Worlds 2021 and VALORANT Champions.