Hollywood, CA – Rick Fox, co-owner of Echo Fox, is one of the executive producers of a new esports sitcom coming to CBS. CBS agreed to a put pilot order.
This means that the network agrees to air the pilot episode or be forced to pay a fine. With an agreement in place, it is guaranteed viewers will be seeing the show soon. The synopsis for the show, obtained by Variety, is partly based on Fox’s own experiences.
“The series follows a recently retired pro basketball star who attempts to reconnect with his estranged son by buying an eSports franchise.”
Clear connections to Rick Fox can be seen within this short description. Before becoming a co-owner of the Echo Fox esports company, Fox played in the NBA as a small forward for both the Celtics and the Lakers. He also tried his hand at acting and appeared in multiple productions.
In 2015, Rick Fox along with partners Amit Raizada and Khalid Jones purchased the League of Legends Championship Series team Gravity Gaming.
Following the purchase, Fox and partners rebuilt and re-branded the team as Echo Fox. Now, Echo Fox expanded and also competes in Super Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat, and Fortnite tournaments, among others.
The show remains nameless. With such little information available, it’s hard to tell what to expect from the show. There is a chance that Fox may be an actor on the show. His past experience certainly makes this a strong likelihood.
Considering that the show appears to be at least partly autobiographical, we may also see future episodes deal with the recent troubles between Fox and his partners in Echo Fox.
Fox’s legal battle
In August, Raizada and Jones attempted to obtain restraining orders on Fox. In the past few weeks, Fox brought forward a lawsuit alleging his partners committed fraud and defamation after he blew the whistle on alleged racism in the organization.
His partners alleged that Fox was grossly negligent. As such, Fox is currently being ousted from the partnership. He will officially no longer be a partner as of Oct 21.
Despite setbacks, it seems that Rick Fox is moving on and looking ahead. The show is proof that Fox continues to be one of the most outspoken esports advocates.
As the esports industry continues to grow, its influence and culture will continue to reach into other forms of media. Soon, television and movies will not be exempt.
Dan Kopelman (Malcolm in the Middle) is producing the pilot, along with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment (The Neighborhood), and Rick Fox. Warner Bros. Entertainment serves as the studio for the show. As of now, no air date was announced for the show’s pilot.
Written by Efren Hurtado