January 25, 2016 (Burbank, CA) – The CW, in partnership with Machinima and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE), have announced that the third season of Machinima’s popular digital series, CHASING THE CUP, will now have a new home. The first three episodes of the five-episode digital series, MORTAL KOMBAT X: MACHINIMA’S CHASING THE CUP, launch today on CW Seed, with upcoming episodes to post weekly. The finale will air on The CW Network as a one-hour primetime special on Monday, Feb. 15 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).
MORTAL KOMBAT X: MACHINIMA’S CHASING THE CUP follows five of the world’s top-ranked players of the acclaimed fighting game Mortal Kombat X, vying to achieve their dream of being crowned the best in the world at the ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League Finals. Viewers will be given a behind-the-scenes look at the passion, dedication, skill, and sacrifice required to be among the best esports competitors in the world
Players featured include Carl White (gamertag: Perfect Legend), from Toledo, Ohio; brothers Timothy Commandeur (gamertag: HoneyBee) and Matthew Commandeur (gamertag: BioHazard) from Toronto, Canada; Brant McCaskill (gamertag: Pig of the Hut) from Atlanta, Ga.; and returning champion Dominique Maclean (gamertag: SonicFox), from Townsend, Del.
The second season of the ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League began Nov. 1, 2015, and saw competitors from Europe and North America battle it out for their chance to win a piece of the $100,000 prize pool, and the title of World Champion. The final ESL Mortal Kombat X Season 2 Finals tournament took place at the ESL Burbank Studios on Jan. 24.
ABOUT MORTAL KOMBAT X
Mortal Kombat X is the most recent installment in its legendary, critically acclaimed fighting game franchise. Published by WBIE and developed by NetherRealm Studios, the game combines a cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever. Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together.
ABOUT CHASING THE CUP
Machinima’s Chasing the Cup is a docu-series that follows dominant professional esports competitors in major tournaments. The series follows these athletes and personalities as they make personal sacrifices while they compete for the title and the right to be called the best players in the world.
Machinima is the most notorious purveyor and cultivator of fandom and gamer culture. The FIRST! Many2Many programing service (M2M), we create, curate and celebrate the best fandom and gamer content across multiple video platforms. As one of the largest online video platforms in the world, Machinima programs to a community passionate about video games, animation, movies, TV, and the other endless forms of pop culture. With a focus on scripted, topical and gaming programing, and a talent network of thousands of programmers, Machinima reaches over 170M viewers each month.
ABOUT CW SEED
CW Seed (www.cwseed.com) launched in 2013 as the digital-only studio of The CW Television Network, and is The CW’s home for high-quality original digital series as well as streaming library content of fan-favorite television series. CW Seed features original digital series including the animated VIXEN, from DC Entertainment; the “Veronica Mars” spin-off, PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK; VERY MALLORY; and THE P.E.T. SQUAD FILES, as well as every episode of classic T.V. series including THE O.C., THE BEN STILLER SHOW, and MAD TV. Follow CW Seed on twitter at @cwseed.
ESL is the world’s largest esports company, leading the industry across the world’s most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium based events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint. www.eslgaming.com
ABOUT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.
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Alana Russo, The CW
Kehau Rodenhurst, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Adam Fenton, Machinima