Team EnVyUs' Jason "Jkap" Kaplan, Team Misfits' Ryan "The Moon" Coker-Welch, Optic Gaming's Tarik "Tarik" Celik, professional Super Smash Bros. Melee player Hendrick "DJ Nintendo" Pilar and professional Street Fighter player Arturo "Sabin" Sanchez will appear in an upcoming episode of CBS's Elementary. Two more professional gamers will be announced as a part of the episode.
It's unclear exactly what role these esports pros will play in the episode of the show, but considering it's something of a procedural, it's possible that they could help investigate some sort of esports related crime. Maybe someone was murdered with a wired mouse? Or crushed by the cushion-y comfort of a DX Racer chair in a particularly ironic death.
Elementary Writer and Producer Jeffrey Paul King told theScore esports that the episode the players will be appearing in involves a popular streamer who gets murdered during one of his streams. "As part of the story, Sherlock and Watson end up at a gaming house." he said. "We decided it would be a cool nod to the eSports world to use actual professionals as extras in that scene. So we're using 5 guys from 4 different games."
According to the Elementary Writers Twitter account, the episode will also feature shout outs to Melee players Kevin "PPMD" Nanney, William "Leffen" Hjelte and Julian "Zhu" Zhu, as well as a shout out to pro Halo player Richie "Heinz" Heinz
This is one of the first times esports will be represented on a major network outside of airing events or interviews, which really does open the door for more. How about a police procedural, starring a detective with an impossibly high MMR and an IQ to match who solves some of the grisliest murders in New York? Or a more game-specific show, something like LoL and Order. The possibilities are endless.
This esports-laden episode of Elementary is slated to air on Feb.19 at 10PM, though the episode's title has yet to be released.
Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.
Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a news editor for theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.