Will Ferrell will bring eSports to the silver screen

Think "Talladega Nights" but with less Sacha Baron Cohen.

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According to Variety, Will Ferrell has reportedly signed on to star in an upcoming film about eSports. The as-of-yet untitled movie will feature Ferrell as a member of a pro gaming team with the twist being he's super old for an industry where most people retire in their mid-20s. The film will also include appearances by the Evil Geniuses and Fnatic, two actual professional teams.

This marks a significant milestone in the development of eSports leagues. In just a few years, the industry has gone from hobbyist pastime to niche sideshow to legitimate entertainment attraction (and investment). Heck, last year's League of Legends finals garnered more views than the NBA's championship. Now, eSports have so thoroughly integrated into the mainstream that the industry is being depicted in other mediums including television, Facebook and board games.

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