Free to Play is a feature-length documentary that follows three professional gamers from around the world as they compete for a million dollar prize in the first Dota 2 International Tournament.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (10,616 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 19, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"It’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed by checking out this emotionally engaging and insightful Dota 2 documentary."
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Reviews

“A fascinating, eye-opening look at how video games are becoming the next-generation of sports.”
-Geoff Keighley, Spike TV

“Beautifully captured and wonderfully executed; Free to Play is a film about heart, passion and what drives us. Surely, it will become the definitive E-sports documentary, but really, it resonates well beyond. Free to Play is a remarkable film.”
-Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky, Creators of Indie Game the Movie

“A fascinating and humanising insight into the world of eSports.”
-Wired.co.uk

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About the Movie

Free to Play is a feature-length documentary that follows three professional gamers from around the world as they compete for a million dollar prize in the first Dota 2 International Tournament. In recent years, e-sports has surged in popularity to become one of the most widely-practiced forms of competitive sport today. A million dollar tournament changed the landscape of the gaming world and for those elite players at the top of their craft, nothing would ever be the same again. Produced by Valve, the film documents the challenges and sacrifices required of players to compete at the highest level.

Free to Play Competitor's Pack



The Free to Play Competitor's Pack will also be available for purchase on Steam and the Dota 2 Store on March 19th, 2014. 25% of the sales will be distributed to the players featured in the film as well as the contributors. The Free to Play Pack will include the following:

  • Fear's Sven Set - Created by Jeremy Klein, Ziedrich
  • hyhy's Doom Set - Created by Vermillion Wlad
  • Dendi’s Pudge Set – Created by Danidem, Bronto ϟ Thunder
  • Free to Play Wards – Created by Valve
  • Free to Play HUD – Created by Valve
  • Free to Play Courier – Created by Valve

About the Players

  • Dendi: Born in L’viv, Ukraine, Dendi began playing video games at a young age after his older brother received a PC from their grandmother. As he had with his other early interests in life, music and dancing, Dendi picked up games very quickly and was soon excelling far beyond his age bracket. The prodigious dexterity earned through long hours of piano study was soon put to use in local gaming tournaments where he earned a reputation as a dominant and creative competitor. Though he was successful at other games, he knew he found his calling when he stumbled upon Dota.
  • hyhy: If you’ve followed the development of Singaporean Dota, then Benedict “HyHy” Lim is a name that is familiar to you. Born in Singapore on 1990, HyHy’s rise to prominence began when he and teammates represented Singapore in the 2007 Asian Cyber Games. The following year, he was victorious in the Electronic Sports World Cup. Since then his body of work has become a pillar in the Dota 2 community. Never one to shy away from controversy, HyHy speaks his mind, and has made a name for himself as one of professional gaming’s most driven and versatile players.
  • Fear: Arguably among the most formidable Dota 2 players to ever come out of the Western Hemisphere, Clinton “Fear” Loomis, has never had an easy path in front of him. Ever the underdog, he’s used a balance of raw skill and hard-earned experience to overcome the isolation that US players often face when they compete at the highest level. Born 1988, his work ethic and dedication have taken him from Medford, Oregon to Europe, to China, and finally to the Dota 2 International, the tournament with the largest prize pool in the history of video games.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Big Picture and In-Home Streaming is not currently supported.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core I5 or I7 or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Big Picture and In-Home Streaming is not currently supported.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Big Picture and In-Home Streaming is not currently supported.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.10
    • Processor: Intel Core I5 or I7 or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Big Picture and In-Home Streaming is not currently supported.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: SteamOS is not currently supported.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I5 or I7 or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: SteamOS is not currently supported.
Helpful customer reviews
248 of 281 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
For The "First" Time in My Life,
I Can "Install A Movie" on My PC.

ɢɢᴡᴘ - VALVᴇ ;)
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67 of 79 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
The production quality is quite good. The backstories of the professional players can be emotional and captivating, giving a very interesting look into a growing culture within gaming; where esports are given mainstream acceptance across the world.
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75 of 95 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
fear finally got a new desk
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Free to Play is a documentary film by Valve.

You follow the story of Dendi, Hyhy and Fear. Three professional Dota 2 players and their journey towards the first Dota 2 International Tournament.

Note. Dota 2 is developed and published by Valve too, so you can expect this to be like The Lego Movie (2014).

★★★★☆ | Liked it
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Movie that has Achievements.
GG WP
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Not a game, but a very good documantary !
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
This documentary offers a captivating insight into the life of competitive gaming. It is NOT about Dota 2; the purpose of the film is to inform viewers about the revolution of e-sports - Dota 2 is merely used as the primary example. Even if you have never played or even heard about Dota 2, you will be riveted by this enthralling film. Games are often regarded as a waste of time, but they are just like any other sport. This documentary presents us with the future of sports. You mind will explode; your heart will shatter... definitely a MUST watch! ~ 9.6/10
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Free to Play...a movie about Dota...but not. :)...So this was a wonderful insight into the lives of the people in the world competion...I enjoyed this so very much because a lot of people don't realize how much effort and your life goes into a competion like this...It was held in Germany...One kid came all the way from the US, his team mates being from around the world...So he had never had an opportunity to play near them...And it was amazing the skill he had considering what he had to play with...And I learned a lot of things such as how it can be a career in places such as China...Some teams were even more popular than sports teams!!...I highly recommend going through this movie...You will not regret it if you go into it with a postive attitude...And...it is after all..."Free to Play"...;))
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
"One Way to Forget About Pain is to do Something You Will Be In, Completely." - Dendi
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
After watching for the whole long 1h15mins with a lot of feeling, i really really want to say something, maybe just stupid, or messy typing but it's free to read .... ^,,^~

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Everyone have their own life, and those guys choose the way of professional gaming aka e-sport career, which is the youngest entertainment industry in the world. It's new, it's different, or as same as nothing before, and they need to find their own way to move on. The real struggle is mostly from family. I'm not racist, or something-ist, but it's really really different about the culture. As it can be seen in some Europian team, their parent just don't understand their kids, but still let them have easy breath. However, the Asian team don't have this easy-going. I'm fully Asian, born and grow up in Asian country, feel empathy to them. This is a real pressure from family. Kinda there are only 2 side you can choose from parents: study, or die- i mean, real die without any job, and homeless. Just take Hyhy as an example, even Singapore is one of strongest countries in South-East Asian, his parents still DONOT support his gaming career, and at last, when he's back from the world tournament, he still needs to finish his University. So, life goes on.

Moreover, the e-sport industry extremely need to take care their gamers, like building more gaming houses. So they can have more benefits to countinue with this toughest job in the world, because the gaming age is shorter than soccer age, just a few years. When they're out-meta, they're out, then find some ways to start again, or begin with something new. When I was young, like 7~8 years ago, my parent always ask me whenever i'm playing too much ( for me at that time, too much is like 2~3 hours), like which one will you choose: a Bruiser, an Assassin, or a Hyper Carry ( Sorry for using MOBA language). They all can be understand as: A Bruiser ( balance your gaming and studying, but not really good at both), an Assassin ( spend all young age to do whatever you like, and regret at old), or an Hyper Carry ( spend fulltime studying and get easy life after getting job). And I now still thinking what happen if i'd chosen the gaming career and i failed. SERIOUSLY, THERE IS NO GAMING INSURANCE. All the professional gamers need to do risk their life, or become a N.E.E.T !

So far, i really really hope the gaming industry will shine, and compare equally to every other industries. Best wishes for y'all !

p/s: Valve, please make more movies with this genre! You have my full respect and appreciation! I absolutely enjoy watching !

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Bad things: even in the F2P Movie, they are still PR for some sets of Dota2 items, lol, no offense but seriously guy ??
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Gaming is great. Getting paid for it is even better. Competitive gaming however... not so cool. I believe that competitiveness comes from feeling of inner void, a sort of inferiority complex. And seeing these gamer kids/guys with more or less severe neuroses proves that. However when they come together and compete for 1 000 000 $, it makes up for an interesting story. World league gaming is a crazy, crazy world. And e-sports is already a professional sport industry, just like any other.

Great movie! 9/10.

Still doesn't make me want to play DOTA 2 a bit.
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20 of 34 people (59%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
It's a game that's a movie.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
It's a great movie, it's just that I can never find waldo.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
10/10
Sick!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Loved it! great film!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Cool movie
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
This is a really good movie.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Watched it with my manfriend. Almost fell asleep halfway.
Best breakup simulator 2015,
10/10 will install again.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Its free achievements, I can respect the people who made this, but too bad its not about a game i care about.
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
lol nub i told u 2 stey undr da trees
i swer
go bak to league
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