Esports has made it into the world of “The Simpsons.”
Sunday’s episode of America’s longest-running sitcom series, titled “E My Sports,” will see Bart Simpson begin to excel at video game competitions with Homer as his passionate coach. When Lisa attempts to bring her father back to earth, however, chaos ensues.
Whalen Rozelle and Jarred Kennedy, the co-heads of Esports at Riot Games, and David ‘Phreak’ Turley, legendary commentator from the “League of Legends” North American league LCS, lent their expertise to the production to ensure the experience depicted in the episode was authentic to the players, fans and coaches who compete professionally in “League of Legends.”
This cameo of esports culture into the mainstream is the latest in a series of moves by Riot Games to introduce sports and entertainment fans to the excitement and drama that is professional “League of Legends.” Recently, Netflix profiled LCS pro play in their series “7 Days Out,” which follows teams during the week leading up to one of the league’s most competitive annual events. Prior to that, the Vox program “Explained,” looked at the overall rise and professionalization of esports – specifically at “League of Legends.”
“The Simpsons” airs at 8 p.m. PT on Fox.