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State of Play (2013)

We don't really play for fun. Mostly, we play for work. It's the same for other jobs where you have to survive in competition. This work just happens to be a game.


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Adam Chaffin

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In Seoul, hundreds of young boys compete to be the best at one single video game: StarCraft. As top players earn hundreds of thousands of euros, being a professional gamer isn't only a wise career move, it is also the path to respect and credibility in the highly competitive society of South Korea. The stars of the StarCraft league are national celebrities, participating on all levels of popular culture. But what happens when play becomes work? For some it will be a struggle to stay on top of their game, for others it might be the turning point of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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10 September 2013 (Sweden) See more »

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Seoul, South Korea

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One of the best esports docs out there.
28 June 2018 | by Maxwell_KennedySee all my reviews

This film deserves a better rating here on IMDB. This film tells three stories really well. One of a young a korean boy with the goal of becoming a professional gamer in the highly competitive world of StarCraft esports. The second of a new recruit for a pro team and the third featured character is the legendary veteran Jaedong. All three of these stories intertwine to give the viewer a whole view of the scene of Starcraft and professional esports in its birthplace, South Korea. The cinematic pacing and treatment of the subjects is fascinating. This is the first time esports has been approached by a gifted storyteller and is one of the first docs to watch in the esports space.

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