ELEAGUE | TEKKEN® Team Takedown to Showcase Star Player Stephen “Speedkicks” Stafford’s Unique Style, Friday, March 23, Following Live NCAA March Madness Coverage on TBS


Turner & IMG’s ELEAGUE will explore how TEKKEN ® 7 superstar Stephen “Speedkicks” Stafford uses uniquely analytical tactics against opponents in BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America’s storied one-on-one fighting game, as ELEAGUE | TEKKEN Team Takedown returns to TBS with an all-new episode Friday, March 23. The second of four episodes – Semifinal Showdown – will air following the network’s live NCAA March Madness (approximately 10:30 p.m. PT / 1:30 a.m. ET Saturday morning).

A preview of the episode is available below:

Semifinal Showdown will feature the heated rivalry – including ample smack talk – between the Atlanta collective of Team Ricky “Pokchop” Walker Jr., and Team Shaun “NYCFAB” Swain who hails from New York City. The show also features a career moment for Marquis “Shadow 20Z” Jordan, whose impressive five-game win streak helped Team Pokchop advance to the Grand Final.

Richard Lewis will host the show, with casting, match analysis and player interviews provided by a team of Fighting Game Community experts including Reepal “Rip” Parbhoo – currently ranked in the top 20 on the TEKKEN World Tour – Steve “Tasty Steve” Scott, Stephen “Sajam” Lyon, Mark “MarkMan” Julio and Michele Morrow.

The TEKKEN Team Takedown series will then return to TBS with an all-new episode on Friday, March 30 at 11 p.m.

ELEAGUE – formed in partnership between Turner and IMG – is a premium esports content and live tournament brand that has aligned with some of the most popular esports titles in the business through its first two years: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – including having hosted two Major Championships – Overwatch®, Street Fighter® V, Dota 2, Injustice 2, Rocket League, Formula E and TEKKEN® 7.  With a focus on innovative production capabilities, storytelling and exploring compelling narratives surrounding star teams and players, ELEAGUE has generated record levels of engagement with its content and positive reaction throughout the esports community since its launch in 2016.

About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises including PAC-MAN®, GALAGA®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, and ACE COMBAT®. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is the premier publisher in the Western hemisphere for anime based video games including NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, DRAGON BALL Z®, and ONE PIECE®. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.bandainamcoent.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS.