Tears, Anger and Cheers: ESL and BBC Studios present the esports documentary “Game and Glory”

Painted Movieposter of Game and Glory showing proplayers of IEM Rio

Reliving the Intel® Extreme Masters CS:GO Major Championship in Brazil

> Documentary “Game and Glory” will be released Jan 24, 5pm CET
> Premiere on YouTube, watch parties on Twitch
> Joint project of ESL and BBC Studios
> Featuring pro-players like s1mple, cadiaN, and KSCERATO
> Get a look behind the scenes and be up close with the players

Cologne/London/Rio de Janeiro ESL, an ESL FACEIT Group brand, and BBC Studios, the content company of the BBC, the world’s leading public service broadcaster, proudly present the upcoming esports documentary “Game and Glory”. It will premiere on January 24, 2023, at 5pm CET on ESL CS’ Twitch and YouTube channels. On Twitch, you can watch the premiere together with Gaules and more.

In “Game and Glory” you will discover the personal side of the pro-players Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato, and Casper “cadiaN” Møller. Find out what went through their heads while they were competing at the Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Major Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Follow them on their quest to conquer the biggest title in esports and relive countless intense moments and nerve-racking action. CS:GO-caster Alex “MACHINE” Richardson guides you through “Game and Glory” and gives you an inside look. 

“The Rio major was special for many different reasons for many different people,” says Alex “MACHINE” Richardson. “Two years in the making. A crowd like no other. A first tour to remember. On a crucial continent of the counter-strike landscape. A special first time for us all, but certainly not the last!”

“Participating in the documentary was really cool to show a little bit of my family, where I come from, what I did as a kid, what the atmosphere is like in my family when I’m competing, and how things are in general,” says Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato. “It was rewarding to have my family in a documentary that will surely be eternalized. I felt accomplished and, certainly, they did too because after playing for 13 years we didn’t imagine we would reach this point.”

For the documentary “Game and Glory”, BBC Studios captured the spectacular atmosphere of the IEM Rio Major as well as the tremendous support and passion of the on-site fans. From October 31, 2022, until November 13, 2022, EFG hosted its largest CS:GO Major ever with a total prize pool of $1,250,000. It became the most-watched ESL competition and the third most-watched CS:GO competition of all time. During the first two phases of the tournament, 3,500 fans per day came to watch the tournament on-site and during the final four days, 14,000 fans experienced a live atmosphere like no other.

Even if you know who became champion in the end, the movie will captivate you and completely pull you in.

Watch the premiere of the documentary “Game and Glory” on January 24, 2023, at 5pm CET on YouTube, and join our watch parties on Twitch happening at the same time.

For more information, head to BBC Studios, check out the ESL Pro Tour for CS:GO, and stay up-to-date by following ESL CS on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

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About BBC Studios
BBC Studios is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group with profits (EBITDA) of £226 million on sales of £1.6bn (21/22). Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own productions, and programmes and formats made by high-quality UK independents, with three-quarters of its revenues from non-BBC customers including Discovery, Apple and Netflix. Around 2,400 hours of award-winning British programmes made by the business are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear, Bluey and Doctor Who. BBC.com, BBC Studios’ global digital news platform, has 139 million unique browser visits each month.

About ESL
ESL creates a world where everybody can be somebody. For more than two decades, we have been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation globally across the most popular video games, creating a comprehensive ecosystem with opportunities for players to go from zero to hero and for fans to witness the best stories esports has to offer. The ESL portfolio consists of high-profile products such as the ESL Pro Tour, Intel® Extreme Masters, the Snapdragon Pro Series, and many more, ranging from grassroots to global elite competitions. ESL is part of ESL FACEIT Group, the leading competitive games and esports company.

About EFG
The ESL FACEIT Group is the leading competitive games and esports company. At EFG we create worlds beyond gameplay where players and fans become community. The company is built on the great legacy of the world-renowned ESL, FACEIT, DreamHack and DreamHack Sports Games brands. We harness this legacy to further innovate and develop the esports and gaming landscape worldwide. Working with our developer, publisher, brand, and media partners, we deliver products and experiences that accelerate gaming culture and make gamer communities come together. Join us on the journey as we help gaming communities thrive by creating worlds beyond gameplay that unite players, fans, and creators around the esports and games they love.

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