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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    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
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    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
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    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
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    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
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    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS 2.20 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
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    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Vandy
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Worth watching at least once if you are proud to be a gamer.
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S A D G I R L
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I started playing Dota2 late last year and found out about this at around the same time. Only recently have I been getting interested in eSports and Dota2 tournaments in general so I found the time to see this and oh. My. God.
Dendi is my favorite player, hands down. And watching this documentary really opened my eyes and made me adore him even more. His mindset is absolutely beautiful.

This just goes to show you that no matter how silly people perceive video games, there's a backstory behind that drive to play. It's incredibly amazing. Must watch for anyone with a dream of pursuing a career in eSports or even just a passion for eSports in general.
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Ael
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
boink! Gabes aprooves this! Makes moola!
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seewhy?
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Gives you the feels. <3
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c0ldy
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Great documentary with some fairly easy achievements just for watching it.
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Sovrim Terraquian
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A great documentary about The International (yes, the first one) and the players who participated in it. If you have anyone who can't understand why eSports is a thing, have them watch this.
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Noobosaurus Rex
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A documentary that shows the human aspect of Pro-Gaming. A must see
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Bluescreen
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Interesting documentation.
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Scorpio Kardia™R
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
DOTA IS LIFE! AMAZING MOVIE!
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Dol
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Inspiring.

It's a very nice movie about Dota 2 professional gamers.
Even though i don't really like Dota 2, i enjoyed watching this movie.

It's a very well made documentary about eSports that you can watch it as a documentary about being the best player in the world and what it takes to get there, not just as a gamer but in any other career as well.
You are literally in conflict with the people around you most of the time because people in general don't understand what is needed to be a little better than the best player (or athlete, etc) in the world.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
This was a fascinating and captivating look into eSports, specifically the first Dota 2 International Tournament ("The International") that took place in Cologne, Germany at Gamescom from August 17–21, 2011. The tournament was funded by Valve, including the $1 million USD grand prize, with Nvidia supplying the hardware.

The film not only covers the tournament progression. It also explores the lives of three of the players from different parts of the world, letting us see the "human" side of some of the professional gamers. We learn about some of their background, how gaming has affected their lives leading up to the tournament, and more. I could almost feel the emotion seeping out of it.

Valve did an excellent job with this. It's an all-around quality production, including design, filming, editing, and sound. I enjoyed the whole film. I watched it with Closed Captioning turned on along with Dendi's commentary since he was in the winning team, Na'Vi (Natus Vincere). The extras also include a Q&A with players.

The actual size of the downloaded version is 7.36GB. The soundtrack is an additional 68MB, which I also recommend. The 3GB mentioned in the details is for the streaming bandwidth.

If you are interested in learning more about The International, check out the Wikipedia entry. It includes all sorts of information about the tournament since its inception.

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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Free to Play is a unique perspective at the first look most outside of Valve ever got at Dota 2; the first tournament ever played on Dota 2; and the very first Valve International championship held for Dota 2 at Gamescom. As such, it\'s got incredible historical value both for veterans and newcomers.

It\'s also a terrific way to understand Dota if you\'re someone who\'s never played it before and is interested in understanding what makes it tick and what makes it so popular. It even explains Dota itself, along with the background leading up to the first International and focuses on the stories of three players from totally different parts of the world; all carefully approached with a remarkably generous scope and a keen eye for cultural perspectives.

The narrative builds up to the tournament, sure, but the narrative is much more than just match recaps, which I think is terrific. Filmography and sound design are great and the editing and design of the in-game Dota scenes is absolutely brilliant and something we ought to see more of in films that focus on gaming.

Overall you can tell Valve put a lot of effort, resources and time into this. It\'s free, it\'s amazing, and it\'s undoubtedly worth watching. Highly recommended.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
2,689 of 3,029 people (89%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2014
This movie inspired me to play one full round of Dota.
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2,653 of 3,179 people (83%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2014
Soo, these guys play games and get
-money
-fame
-girls


let me tell you, I played Ultima Online for 8 years as much as they played the same dumb Warcraft 3 map and I've achieved the following things:
-fat ♥♥♥
-broken eyesight
-carpal tunnel syndrome
-24/7 'Stones' melody tinnitus
-lost most friends
-ate only cat food for 5 months
-even my body pillow broke up with me
-can't resist the urge to shout 'bank guards recsu recdu' at the bank every single time

if there is a god he should fix this grave injustice, thx



the movie is pretty OK! I guess
but I will continue to treat Dota like I treat girls: hover-hands
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480 of 548 people (88%) found this review helpful
402 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Showed this to my parents, still didn't approve me to quit school and play pro Dota D:
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325 of 367 people (89%) found this review helpful
299 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 25, 2015
For The "First" Time in My Life,
I Can "Install A Movie" on My PC.

ɢɢᴡᴘ - VALVᴇ ;)
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255 of 287 people (89%) found this review helpful
172 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
10/10 It's a movie with achievements.
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900 of 1,122 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2014
Watch this movie to understand that you're not a "Nerd", but simply an antisocial noob.

10/10
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836 of 1,114 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2014
"Free to Play" brought tears to my eyes at The International.

I was not alone, many attendees were dramatically moved by the story of these players.

It is expertly crafted, well paced and stays focused on the struggles of the 3 players who are all competing to be one of the best at something a large part of the world does not understand.

It's very painful to see how much they have had to suffer and struggle through their lives. Free to Play is a window into a world that doesn't get the time, attention, sympathy or respect that are all heavily ingrained into this documentary.

No knowledge of the game is necessary. I personally believe this is a huge step forward for Valve into new territory, what could have been pure marketing and advertising is instead one of the most honest, humanizing documentaries I've seen in recent years. I'm just so glad the rest of the world finally gets to see this beautiful movie. Thank you Valve for making this and thank you for recognizing how important it is that the world is exposed to the passion and plights of the people that have given Dota everything within them. See you at TI4.
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127 of 146 people (87%) found this review helpful
113 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,691.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2015
With 900+ hours i can say this is a good movie, watch't :)
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