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24 August 2021

Good sports.

by Syd Briscoe

Erste: “Doomsday” - 1 min 48s

German finance giants Erste Bank imagine a future in which esports are declared invalid in this entertaining commercial. Youthful society begins to crumble in the face of the announcement, as PCs are flung from windows, expensive processors can't be given away for free, and funerals are held for League of Legends rigs - we hardly knew ye.

Director Andre Maat handles the film's satirical tone with aplomb here, revelling in the silliness of the idea that "It's not a real sport" could stop players and fans alike from enjoying their favourite tournaments. A moment focusing on two old men playing a staid game of chess, in particular, ensures that the audience is primed for the inevitable 'OK boomer' conclusion.

Director: Andre Maat Ⓟ Ⓦ (Darling Films Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Cinematographer: Jens Spöri

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