The world of competitive gaming and eSports is an interesting one, even though it’s not for everyone. It’s hard to think of video games without factoring in competition, even at the most casual of settings. Whether it’s something that you’re into or is alien to you, it’s a whole new world worth a good look.
As of the posting of this article, Free To Play, the much-anticipated documentary about top DOTA 2 pro gamers by Valve, had just been released through YouTube and Steam. More documentaries about eSports and competitive gaming have been made in the past, and they are worth watching as the industry gets bigger and harder to ignore.
This list doesn’t contain all the documentaries made about this subject as there may be a lot more out there, but these are some of the best so far.
Free to Play
This is not merely a documentary about eSports and DOTA 2. This doesn’t just talk about the game and how it’s played. This is about three people from different parts of the world whose decision to play a computer game for a living were motivated by different factors and has affected their lives in different ways.
Follow Jonatan “Devilwalk” Lundberg and his teammates in Fnatic as they compete in DreamHack Winter 2013 against the best CSGO teams in the world.
About one of the most prominent StarCraft teams in the world and its players.
National Geographic: World Cyber Games 2005
This was before DotA became a global sensation, before live video streaming became an institution upon which eSports now stands, and before million dollar tournaments. A nation took a game and played it better than the rest of the world.
Footage from WCG USA 2005 Finals
While StarCraft: Brood War thrived in Korea, a niche of competitive players in America share their love for the game and competition in this event, hoping to represent their country against the rest of the world. They would later become famous through their passion for this game.
During his prime, he was known as The King of Orcs. This is the man behind the WarCraft III legend.
State of Play
The life of a professional gamer is not easy, despite being “paid to play”. There are two sides to this coin — the rookie and the superstar.
The Smash Brothers
An excellent 9-episode documentary series featuring the world’s best players of a game that was not meant to be competitive in the first place.
Mike Ross is pretty much an ordinary guy. He also happens to play Street Fighter IV at a high level, and he is on a mission to take top spot in the biggest tournament of them all.
100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience
A documentary about the Japanese arcade scene in general, including the fighting game scene that players such as “The Beast” Daigo Umehara belong in.
King of Chinatown
The origin story of American fighting game legend Justin Wong and his ongoing journey since the release of Street Fighter IV.
I Got Next
The American fighting game scene, where it came from, and where it’s headed.