The Simpsons Tackle Esports

The episode “E my sports” debuted over the weekend, with co-executive producer Rob LaZebnik saying the episode was meant to embody a cultural tipping point that has seen esports dominate the discussion around the future of entertainment, sports, and media.

In an effort to deal with Bart’s bad behavior, Homer buys him a top of the line gaming PC and he gets addicted to competitive Conflict of Enemies, the show’s take on League of Legends.

Riot Games was consulted for the episode to help construct an accurate, if not satirical, portrayal of the esports world. The episode continually pokes fun at the older generation not understanding the concept of esports, with everyone continuously shocked that players can not only make money, but a lot of it. The show manages to capture multiple tournament settings, including a local match at the elementary school with a $1,000 prize, a regional qualifier for Worlds, and the 500,000 World Championship in Seoul. The episode manages to capture the best and worst of the esports scene.

Source: CNBC

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