Esports fan? Check out these documentaries about competitive video games!
Patrick at Esports Maybe has watched countless esports documentaries and has a bit of an opinion on the best esports documentaries available. The criteria for any videos this Top 10 List is that they be freely available online. Sit back and enjoy the Esports Maybe Top 10 Esports Documentaries of 2015.
10) “Focus” (Street Fighter)
FOCUS is a riveting documentary presented by G4 Films and directed by Steve Hwang. Follow a year in the life of pro gamer Mike Ross as he prepares to do battle at EVO 2010 in Las Vegas.
9) “King of Chinatown”
8) “The Foreigner”
7) “Great Games”
Team Razer Presents: “Great Games”, the definitive esports documentary. It’s the universal sign-off for those players who know they’ve been beaten in the toughest mental arena of modern gaming: esports. “Great Games” follows 3 of the most well known esports today – StarCraft, Dota 2 and League of Legends – bringing the history and the people of the newest sporting frontier into focus.
6) “Frag” – The Movie (FPS)
A look back at the origins, the business of and the trials of esports and a look forward. “Below the surface of a simple game is an underbelly of corruption, money, partying, drugs, and even death.”
5) “Throne of Games” E:60 (DOTA 2)
4) “Road to Worlds” (League of Legends)
The road to Seoul for these League of Legends Champions has been long and now the world’s best teams remain. Relive the drama and final moments leading up to the 2014 World Championship in Seoul, Korea. Everyone is watching, will you?
3) “The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive Gaming”
Today, there are more people in the world who play League of Legends than there are people who live in France. We wanted to look inside this rapidly expanding world of competitive gaming, so VICE host Matt Shea flew to South Korea, a country where so-called “esports” can either make you rich and famous or land you in rehab.
2) “Free to Play” (DOTA 2)
“Free to Play” is a feature-length documentary that follows three professional gamers from around the world as they compete for a million dollar prize in the first Dota 2 International Tournament. In recent years, E Sports has surged in popularity to become one of the most widely-practiced forms of competitive sport today. A million dollar tournament changed the landscape of the gaming world and for those elite players at the top of their craft, nothing would ever be the same again. Produced by Valve, the film documents the challenges and sacrifices required of players to compete at the highest level.
1) “The Smash Brothers” (Super Smash Brothers Melee)
The Smash Brothers is a 9-part documentary series about seven of the greatest “smashers” of all time. Through years-long rivalries spanning coasts and countries, discover the passion for a game which started as a casual experience only to become a heart-pounding competitive lifestyle.
Honorable Mentions – Watch Esports Documentaries Online
All of these documentaries were considered for the Esports Maybe Top 10 Documentary list. There are some paid films available, but only to be more complete in providing as many documentaries as possible. None of the paid films were considered for the Esports Maybe Top 10 Competitive Video Gaming Documentaries List.
State of Play (Starcraft)
“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.”
Chasing the Cup (League of Legends)
Step into the shoes of two of North America’s top League of Legends teams, Cloud 9 HyperX & Team SoloMid.
The CLG Documentary (League of Legends)
Team Liquid: Rebirth (League of Legends)
OpTic: Behind the Green Wall (Call of Duty)
Doublelift: The Road to Success (League of Legends)
Play Bravely (Counter-Strike)
I Am Street Fighter
Liquid Rising (Starcraft)
StarCraft: World Cyber Games 2005 (National Geographic)
All Work All Play (League of Legends)
My Life of Starcraft – Day Daily #100
MTV True Life: I’m a Gamer
Live / Play (League of Legends)
Rundown of Esports History – Saintvicious (League of Legends)
Team 3D and Complexity are the top two professional Counter-Strike teams in the United States. They leave their girlfriends and travel the world to compete for thousands of dollars.
CS:GO Documentary – Powered by HyperX
Legends Rising Episode 1: Faker & Bjergsen “History”
The Supergamers BBC Documentary
“Sons of Starcraft”
See what it took for Nick “Tasteless” Plott and Dan “Artosis” Stemkoski to become the Sons of Starcraft.
“Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade”
“I Got Next”
“The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”
“Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary”
TSM: Legends (League of Legends)
Follow the five members of TSM Snapdragon as they move into their gamecrib and begin their journey to win the LCS. Enjoy the drama of the TSM team through the camera of one of the best Directors of Video Production, Max Olivo.