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Synopsis: 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.
Production: Valve
 
IMDB:
8.0
Year:
2014
75 min
Website
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In August 2011 a tournament

featuring the popular

online strategy game Dota 2 was

held in Cologne, Germany.

It offered the largest prize pool to date

attracting professional players

from all over the world.

Yes, it is actually confirmed.

1.6 million dollar prize pool!

I'm double-checking to make sure

they haven't changed any details

since they told us last time.

1 million in US dollars for First Prize.

That is for the winner.

1 million dollars for winning Dota!

It's going to be huge. Dota2.com

The tournament tab is up, too.

Our website will actually change

for the next 24 hours as well...

The day I transformed into an adult was

the day I started playing Dota.

Its times like, when you

go up on the stage,

you represent your country for something.

You get the prize.

It's the amount of satisfaction and achievement

that nothing else can give you.

It's something I definitely

don't regret ever doing.

Gaming is simply the proudest

thing in my life.

It can be called "gamer," but for me,

it's something different.

One way to forget about pain is to do

something that you will be in completely.

So

computer games.

For me, it was

everything.

This is my career.

I've chosen to do it for so long.

Success in my eyes is always based

on how other people see you.

In the eyes of the public,

it's up to them.

It's important to be doing things

that you love and you really appreciate.

Because that's your passion, man.

You should really work for your passions.

Ok, guys, you have 7 minutes

to set everything up

and then we go.

This is the first time I really

wanted to take something seriously

and do something good for my life.

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10 years ago, competitive gaming

wasn't even really a thing.

You would play for fun

against your friends.

Maybe you would play for a cup of coffee or

whatever you wanted.

When I started playing,

we'd been fighting for

24 bottles of beer as a first place.

I'm not joking.

From there, though, online happened.

And, all of a sudden, you weren't

just trying to be the best on your block.

Now you're trying to be the best

in the world.

And that opened up competitive

gaming to a whole new landscape.

And one of the games really

leading the way is Dota.

Dota is sort of a combination of football

(or soccer for the Americans)

and Chess.

This is probably how I would try

to explain Dota

to someone who's not familiar with it.

At least, that's what I did to my parents.

Dota is a game of momentum.

You as 5 players

try and battle against the other

5 players for momentum.

Every single player controls one unit.

And the main objective of the game is

to destroy the final enemy building

which is called the "Ancient."

Everything else that happens

in the meantime

is your amazing filler of a game.

You could play 100 heroes

in conjunction with 99 other heroes.

It's just nonstop possibilities

and it's so much fun.

And you know, it's like the same

map every single time

but it literally never gets boring.

I would say Dota is a way of life.

When the prizes started coming

I was like, well we have tournaments

so obviously some people are going

to come and say,

"This is a great game. Let's play it.

Like, let's put money in it."

And it started progressing each year.

Those at the top level,

they just do like lots of

calculations in their head.

Something like "A Beautiful Mind"

where you see like all kinds of things.

And using all this information

make your next move.

I see it in a lot of ways

similar to basketball.

Just like a 5 on 5 game

where you kind of have to work together

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