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Free to Play (2014)

Follow three professional video game players as they overcome personal adversity, family pressures, and the realities of life to compete in a $1,000,000 tournament that could change their lives forever.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Benedict Lim Benedict Lim ... Himself
Danil Ishutin Danil Ishutin ... Himself
Clinton Loomis ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toby Dawson Toby Dawson ... Himself
Pete Grenier Pete Grenier ... Himself
Tony Grenier Tony Grenier ... Himself
Edwin Leong Edwin Leong ... Himself
Jeremy Lin ... Himself
Karen Loomis Karen Loomis ... Herself
Jon Robinson Jon Robinson ... Himself
Jacob Toft-Andersen Jacob Toft-Andersen ... Himself
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Follow three professional video game players as they overcome personal adversity, family pressures, and the realities of life to compete in a $1,000,000 tournament that could change their lives forever.

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One game will change their lives.


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19 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Dota 2 the featured game. Is still running ongoing tournaments the last international grossed over 18 million dollars in total prize pool, and most of that was funded entirely by the Dota 2 community! See more »

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Benedict Lim: In the World Cup, to motivate the Korean team, took to the dressing room professional players of Starcraft so that the soccer players could meet their heroes
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Incredibly well made documentary on the rise of e-sports and the struggle for recognition
20 March 2014 | by Psycho-42See all my reviews

This film gives you a great insight into the world of e-sports and its rise in popularity. What used to be considered as a basement dweller's hobby is on its way to become a recognized, legitimate sport. And in some countries, this already is the case.

More importantly, however, the film allows you to follow the lives of three professional gamers on their way to "the international", a Dota 2 tournament whose victors would receive the highest prize money for a gaming event at that time: one million dollars.

You get to experience the pressure they undergo in the face of the tournament, but also their struggle for recognition with their families. What their peers consider a waste of time could in fact end up make those kids millionaires and celebrities.

From the beginning to the end, the film grips you tight and does send you on a roller coaster of thrill, anticipation, excitement and also disappointment, sadness and reflection. You feel for and with the people in Free to Play, also thanks to a great job in editing and scoring.

Even if you are not familiar with Dota 2 or the e-sports scene in general, I would highly recommend watching this film as it opens both the world of e-sports and the private lives of those 3 gamers. And it's definitely worth a watch.


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