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"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
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 3; Windows Server® 2003; Windows Server® 2008; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64-bit editions) with Service Pack 2
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.4Ghz or faster x86-compatible processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6
    • Processor: Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Not compatible with OSX 10.7.3
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Core™ Duo 2.4Ghz or faster processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
336 of 391 people (86%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
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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162 of 186 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
10/10 It's a movie with achievements.
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83 of 95 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
I have been meaning to watch Free to Play for a while and I'm glad I made the time to do it. It wasn't at all what I thought it was going to be. I was thinking it was about the industry's "Free to Play" business model and games but it was actually a documentary about a group of high-level gamers playing in a professional DotA2 competition.

The featured gamers were interesting, though I'd have personally liked to see more about the teams and how they prepared as a group than the individuals, since it was a team effort rather than an individual one. I never played DotA but I think any gamer who has been part of a group involved in organized competition can probably identify here, and it honestly made me miss some old games and the days of playing with clans in leagues and tourneys.

I was pleasantly surprised to see achievements pop up for watching this! If Valve released more films in this format, I'd probably watch them. It would be pretty cool to see "highlights" after big tournaments, for example, and it might get more gamers interested in watching professional gaming.

Also I have the sudden urge to play DotA2. Well done, Valve.
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261 of 361 people (72%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1,038.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
It's ok.
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60 of 68 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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63 of 92 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
i cri evrytiem
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47 of 66 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Even though i don't like Dota 2, this movie was still very interesting to me. I enjoyed watching. It's about 'The International' Dota 2 tournament, which has a 1.6 million dolar price pool. You get to see the teams participating, and you'll see the backstory of specific players.
A CS:GO version of this would be awesome!
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30 of 37 people (81%) 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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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Not a game. 10/10
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
The film is Free to Play has changed my attitude to Dota 2 and maybe I'll play Dota.
10/10
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
fear finally got a new desk
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Much better than the docs on t.v. these days.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
It's a free documentary about the DOTA 2 championship for 1 million dollars. It follows 3 people's journeys too this great moment and their reactions to their losses and wins. It's just cool. BUT ITS NOT A GAME. ITS A DOCUMENTARY AND AN ENJOYABLE ONE AT THAT. Just don't think this is some sort of game, because it isnt'.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Free to play is a fantastic movie that tells the story of three dota gamers trying to prove that gaming is not a wast of time.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
This is a really good movie.
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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This is the most dramatic film about gamer or maybe this is the first documentary about gamer. This is great, dude!
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