Free to Play now free to watch

By Tam Mageean
dota 2 documentary

Back in February, news emerged from GDC that Valve were in the post-production phase of a professional DotA 2 documentary movie, titled, "Free to Play".

The documentary follows three pro gamers; Danil "Dendi" Ishutin, Benedict "HyHy" Lim and Clinton "Fear" Loomis, as they rise to fame in the early, developing DotA 2 eSports scene, culminating at its pivotal moment at Gamescom 2011, where the first million dollar prizepot tournament, ever to be waged on competitive mmo games, took place. It was a moment that r

The documentary is peppered with guest appearances and celebrity faces, from inside the mmo scene and out; even featuring the likes of pro NBA Basketball player, and DotA 2 enthusiast, Jeremy Lin.

DOTA Documentary

Although the documentary focuses on the competitive DotA 2 scene, it glances at the surrounding eSports community, but all in all it's very much centered on the DotA community. It covers a lot of the trials and tribulations found in pro gaming on the whole, and how it's presented to the outside world. From the die-hard fanatics in Eastern Europe, to the rockstar scene in Southeast Asia, it shows how differently it's perceived from continent to continent, including some heartbreaking scenes, as parents, friends and family doubt the potential success within eSports. Seeing the scene as it is now, its a great reminder of the early days, and how tough it was for the early pioneers.

Free to Play is available to watch, free on Valve's youtube, or to download on Steam. Let us know your thoughts of it in the comments section below.


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