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.
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Release Date: Mar 19, 2014

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“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.”
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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.

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    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
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    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
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    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
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    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS 2.20 or later
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Lolmemes
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Stay in the trees!
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Bodhy
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
I don't even play DOTA and I found this interesting. It's always nice to see the stories of the people behind those keyboards. I love it that gaming is slowly becoming more accepted and that some gamers can make a career out of playing what they enjoy.
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ScrotalYolk
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
I didn't watch it and solely used it as achievement chattel. ?/10

Achievements were 0/10 on the difficulty scale.
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__snukka
( 554.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Product received for free
Worth a watch or two
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× Top Chika ×
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Product received for free
If you want to achieve something, you will try to get it one way or another.

It's been a few years since this movie was made, but it's still good to watch. eSports back in the day is non-existent. Heck, eSports at that time might be even just for bragging rights and such. Also, video games as a career is shunned by many, as a job even. Because people generally had taught that games are just games. Simple as that. Games are just for recreation, not as a means of garnering profit.

But, how times have changed! eSports then started to come into the fray of profit. First, it likely had hundreds of dollars as prize money. Then, it became hundreds; then thousands; then hundred thousands! Now, with the big games out there: League of Legends, CS:GO, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Battleborn, and now DOTA 2, the prize money goes beyond what people had normally expected on video games.

At the present, it has now attracted so many aspiring to enter the eSports Scene, hoping to gain some easy profit. But life is not as easy as pushing the power button of a CPU; it requires you to pour dedication and focus into what you are doing. Hell, even making many sacrifices just to achieve what you want to achieve. This Free to Play documentary movie made by Valve shows what sacrifices are made and how those who have been successful (and not so successful) managed to be on the top. The eSports Scene is a high risk-high reward opportunity. Many have tried to gamble but failed, and those who managed to accomplish that hurdle came rolling down instantly. Another hardship of eSports is that you have to be relevant to stay in the Big League; for example, people are who considered beasts or legends in DotA (or Dota 1) tried to transition into DOTA 2, but failed miserably. That's one of the many examples of people who got on the top, and fell from grace. All-in-all, eSports is a cutthroat battle, where everyone is constantly against each other's throats.

A good point resides in the movie that eSports, while not really considered a sport, is not to be taken lightly. It does give large money. In fact, most eSports' prize pools have overtaken some of the prize pools or real sports! Still, the prize pool of eSports favor those who come on top only, and that's the sole reason why people are still hesitant to delve deeper into it. However, eSports grows exponentially year by year. I hope to see more in how eSports grows.


Even if you don't have the general knowledge of DotA, or DOTA 2, Free to Play is still nice to watch. It gives you a simple explanation of what is DOTA 2 and how professional gamers play the game. But that's not the main point of Free to Play, rather, it revolves around three prominent players in that time, and what are their tribulations and efforts done along the way to glory.


PROS:
- You can watch it in Valve Video Streaming for free, or download it to watch the deleted and extra scenes, commentary, and Q&A of the players in the documentary movie, which also nets you free achievements.
- Solid transition of camera angles. It captures the faces and emotions of the person talking. Kudos to Valve!
- Excellent music! Keep in mind that most of the music are in the DOTA 2 game already.
- Good summarization of what is DOTA 2, and how players generally play it.
- And most of all, it explains how eSports generally started as a newborn and how it grew into what it is now.


CONS:
- Though clear and can be heard, I wish people who are native-English speakers (ie Fear talking) should also have subtitles. Non-fluent English speakers have subtitles when speaking so you can understand them. I just wished the same goes for native speakers as well. People might not understand their accent and all. That's my two cents.
- This might be my only problem, but sometimes Steam crashes and leaves the Free to Play movie open. When I tried to upload the screenshots I made during that, it leads to an error and I have to exit Free to Play before I can upload screenshots again.


Overall, it's a great movie. I definitely recommend people to watch this free movie, along with other free and good movies in Steam.

So, hop in. It's Free to Play, after all!
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Posted: May 15
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parksullivan
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Product received for free
A very interesting movie. I have never played Dota 2, I have never watched Dota 2, and have no interest in doing so in the future, and I still found the movie to be entertaining and interesting. If you have an hour to spare, give it a watch.

Also for all you scum who don't care about the time and effort put into making the movie and only want the acheivements, you can get them by scrolling to the end of the movie/deleted scenes without having to watch the entire movie. especially usefull since to get them all which requires you to "finish" the movie 3 times.
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Rush
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
I really liked this documentary. It only followed a couple of people, So one could only imagine, But to know they really did take a big risk, That just hits home.

I recommend anyone that likes eSports watch this.
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Observer (2)
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
A small little movie that shows you how 3 professional Dota 2 players got where they are now and what hardships they had to face.

6/10
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HiTS™
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Gaming is Believing
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✪kiDDo
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Interesting video
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Uncharted 4: GAME OF THE YEAR
Posted: May 8
The best game ever made.
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N4NALOS
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
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Ivebeensleepy
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
The only point in getting this is if you're looking for a quick "game" to 100%.
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Chao | (ノ゜ヮ゜)ノ*:・゚✧
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
DendiFace

It's nice to hear the story behind Dendi from his family's side.

If you have already watched it, watch it again but with commentary from the players themselves.
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stfN1337
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
100% Achievements
Very fast. ^^
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Melchizedek
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I'm not a moba player but this doc is actually very compelling. And with it being offered as free I'd suggest anyone give it a watch.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Product received for free
If you want to achieve something, you will try to get it one way or another.

It's been a few years since this movie was made, but it's still good to watch. eSports back in the day is non-existent. Heck, eSports at that time might be even just for bragging rights and such. Also, video games as a career is shunned by many, as a job even. Because people generally had taught that games are just games. Simple as that. Games are just for recreation, not as a means of garnering profit.

But, how times have changed! eSports then started to come into the fray of profit. First, it likely had hundreds of dollars as prize money. Then, it became hundreds; then thousands; then hundred thousands! Now, with the big games out there: League of Legends, CS:GO, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Battleborn, and now DOTA 2, the prize money goes beyond what people had normally expected on video games.

At the present, it has now attracted so many aspiring to enter the eSports Scene, hoping to gain some easy profit. But life is not as easy as pushing the power button of a CPU; it requires you to pour dedication and focus into what you are doing. Hell, even making many sacrifices just to achieve what you want to achieve. This Free to Play documentary movie made by Valve shows what sacrifices are made and how those who have been successful (and not so successful) managed to be on the top. The eSports Scene is a high risk-high reward opportunity. Many have tried to gamble but failed, and those who managed to accomplish that hurdle came rolling down instantly. Another hardship of eSports is that you have to be relevant to stay in the Big League; for example, people are who considered beasts or legends in DotA (or Dota 1) tried to transition into DOTA 2, but failed miserably. That's one of the many examples of people who got on the top, and fell from grace. All-in-all, eSports is a cutthroat battle, where everyone is constantly against each other's throats.

A good point resides in the movie that eSports, while not really considered a sport, is not to be taken lightly. It does give large money. In fact, most eSports' prize pools have overtaken some of the prize pools or real sports! Still, the prize pool of eSports favor those who come on top only, and that's the sole reason why people are still hesitant to delve deeper into it. However, eSports grows exponentially year by year. I hope to see more in how eSports grows.


Even if you don't have the general knowledge of DotA, or DOTA 2, Free to Play is still nice to watch. It gives you a simple explanation of what is DOTA 2 and how professional gamers play the game. But that's not the main point of Free to Play, rather, it revolves around three prominent players in that time, and what are their tribulations and efforts done along the way to glory.


PROS:
- You can watch it in Valve Video Streaming for free, or download it to watch the deleted and extra scenes, commentary, and Q&A of the players in the documentary movie, which also nets you free achievements.
- Solid transition of camera angles. It captures the faces and emotions of the person talking. Kudos to Valve!
- Excellent music! Keep in mind that most of the music are in the DOTA 2 game already.
- Good summarization of what is DOTA 2, and how players generally play it.
- And most of all, it explains how eSports generally started as a newborn and how it grew into what it is now.


CONS:
- Though clear and can be heard, I wish people who are native-English speakers (ie Fear talking) should also have subtitles. Non-fluent English speakers have subtitles when speaking so you can understand them. I just wished the same goes for native speakers as well. People might not understand their accent and all. That's my two cents.
- This might be my only problem, but sometimes Steam crashes and leaves the Free to Play movie open. When I tried to upload the screenshots I made during that, it leads to an error and I have to exit Free to Play before I can upload screenshots again.


Overall, it's a great movie. I definitely recommend people to watch this free movie, along with other free and good movies in Steam.

So, hop in. It's Free to Play, after all!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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554.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
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Worth a watch or two
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
I'm not a moba player but this doc is actually very compelling. And with it being offered as free I'd suggest anyone give it a watch.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
DendiFace

It's nice to hear the story behind Dendi from his family's side.

If you have already watched it, watch it again but with commentary from the players themselves.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: May 8
The best game ever made.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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Posted: May 15
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Interesting video
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2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
The only point in getting this is if you're looking for a quick "game" to 100%.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
A small little movie that shows you how 3 professional Dota 2 players got where they are now and what hardships they had to face.

6/10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
I don't play Dota but this movie is really nice, very nice story for 3 persons, thanks Valve for making this movie and thanks to Dendil, Hyhy and Fear for sharing his story ! ;)
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Auch wenn ich kein Dota2-Spieler bin, war es doch schön einmal einen Blick hinter die Culissen zu werden. Er ist interessanter und sehenswerter als ich Dachte. Auf jeden Fall einen Versuch wert
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
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0.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
We need more movies like to get more players into serious gaming...
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7.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
It's a good high quality documentary film about wannabe professional gamers and their lives and it's free so you can't lose.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Don't lose hope yet.
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3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
i cri evrytiem 10/10
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
awesome and truly essential movie for the gamer community... cool as hell
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
The feel when it took longer to download the game than to get all the achievements (I didn't watch the whole thing, cuz I don't care about Dota :P). xD
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42 of 55 people (76%) found this review helpful
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Posted: December 3, 2015
This movie is so inspiring that I've watched it 4 times.
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
A masterpiece.

I cry every time
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