The Supergamers (2016)
Dan Howell – “I want to know what sacrifices must be made to become a professional gamer, what they’re risking for this career and what rewards it brings.”
That’s the opening line from popular YouTuber Dan Howell and the host of this BBC Three TV show, Supergamers, which sees him follow top British eSports players around the world as they compete in various gaming tournaments.
It provides an interesting behind-the-scenes look into the lives of three young pros in particular: League of Legends players Raymond “KaSing” Tsang and Matt “Impaler” Taylor, as well as Team Dignitas’ Hearthstone player James “Greensheep” Luo.
However, it’s seemingly designed to provide a snapshot of the competitive gaming scene for those unfamiliar with it, without exploring the topic in too much detail. For a one-hour show it’s a decent watch – and recommended viewing – but it focuses largely on the players’ lives rather than the appeal of eSports as a whole.
It does reach a high note towards the end, touching on the magic of eSports and what makes it so great right, with a climatic scene featuring KaSing and his then team H2k spectating Fnatic and desperately hoping they win (thus qualifying H2k for the League of Legends 2015 World Championship)