I will admit that I have limited knowledge of League of Legends. I can’t tell you how to play it, I can’t tell you who any of the characters are and I definitely can’t tell you who any of the top players are. However, when I came across Netflix’s show 7 Days Out and discovered that they had an episode on this massively popular video game, I knew I had to watch it.
“7 Days Out gives you an exclusive look at what it takes to create and pull off the CHANEL Haute Couture Fashion Show, the Kentucky Derby, the Westminster Dog Show, the League Of Legends Championship, NASA’s Cassini Mission and the opening of Eleven Madison Park. With everything at stake, what can happen in seven days?” Netflix says of their official trailer. What can happen? A hell of a lot it seems.
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video game that was developed and published by Riot Games. It has around 100 million players that play it each month, with millions of people tuning into the Championship Finals each year.
In true documentary-style, the episode gives the viewer a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in the build-up to such a final, with exclusive looks at a few of the most popular teams like EchoFox, 100 Thieves and Team Liquid. At the beginning of the episode, there are basic explainers of the game and the tactics involved. There are statistics on its popularity, we’re introduced to the players and get to know who’s who in the industry. While League of Legends players will obviously get more of a kick out of the ins and outs of the documentary, I do feel like they did make some of an effort to make the episode as accessible as possible.
Because the episode is confined to about 46 minutes it’s hard to feel hugely on board with everyone because there are so many “cast” members. However, it’s definitely clear who the documentary makers are focusing in on. The recurring theme throughout the episode is family and togetherness while it tugs at the heartstrings it hard to know what the full intention of the documentary would be without the personal tragedy.
But the fact that it is just one episode means that you’re not tied into an entire series and if it does pique your interest you can decide to move onto the other episodes (e.g. NASA’s Cassini Mission).
Instead of one episode of the docu-series though, I would be curious to see a more rounded series but I would recommend gamers watch it. As a non-League player, I was delighted to see Netflix taking an interest in having gaming feature on its streaming service and I hope to see more in the future.