For the past couple of weeks, Valve has been teasing its first-ever documentary – called Free To Play - that offers an intriguing look into the world of eSports. Fortunately, the documentary is completely free; Valve has even posted it to iTunes and YouTube for those who don’t want to watch it through the Steam client.
Free To Play focuses entirely on Dota 2, and in particular, three of its best-known players: Fear (USA), hyhy (Singapore), and Dendi (Ukraine). In the documentary, we can follow each player as they battle for a $1 million prize at the first Dota 2 International Tournament.
Competitive gaming is hardly an unknown, although it’s ramped-up quite a bit over the past decade. Even so, it’s still unfamiliar to a lot of people, and dare I say that some might consider it a little weird. As time passes, though, it might grow on more and more people; after all, some of these pro-gamers are earning hundreds of thousands of dollars per year – it’s a serious business, not unlike physical sports, and massive skill is still required.
In typical free-to-play fashion, Free To Play has some paid DLC; aesthetic sets created for each of aforementioned pro-gamers. Some of the revenue from the sales will go straight to their respective gamer, and the content creators.
If you happen to watch Free To Play, let us know what you thought of it in the comments.