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One of the world's most renowned esports organizations is getting its own movie. OpTic Gaming’s book The Making of eSports Champions, an autobiographical account of the organization’s history, is being adapted for the big screen, Variety reports.
The book, which was released on Apr. 26 by publisher HarperCollins, was written by seven key players in the history of OpTic and co-authored by Ryan Dempsey—even making it to the New York Times best-seller list. It chronicles OpTic’s entire history, from its humble beginnings in 2006 to its burgeoning success in the Call of Duty franchise. That success is today represented by OpTic’s widespread reach on social media, with millions of followers across platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. This is also reflected in the organization’s focus on titles aside from Call of Duty, by picking up teams in Halo and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Former Lionsgate executive John Sacchi, as well as current Lionsgate motion picture developer Matt Groesch are now the proprietors of the book’s film and TV rights. This isn’t the first time Hollywood has shown interest in esports, however: Phoenix 1, a North American-based esports organization, was started by Paramount Pictures’ vice chairman Rob Moore and former Happy Madison producer Jack Giarraputo.
This is not the first time a television show or film surrounding the topic of competitive gaming has been on the table. Disney XD currently airs the show Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything, in which actor Cameron Boyce portrays a former professional video game player.