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Understanding eSports: 76 eSports documentaries you should watch

If you want to promote your products and/or brands successfully in eSports, you have to understand how the market is designed and how its protagonists act. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore we compiled the following list containing 76 eSports documentaries (or similar video formats) you should watch to get an impression of what eSports is all about.

Before getting to the list, let us show you some of the most interesting ones:

5 eSports documentaries you definitely shouldn’t miss

1. The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive Gaming

Blurb: “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.” (Source: vice.com)

Game: League of Legends – Directed / Published by: VICE – Length: 01:07:29

2. Free to Play: The Movie

Blurb: “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, eSports 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.” (Source: freetoplaythemovie.com)

Game: Dota2 – Directed / Published by: Valve – Length: 01:15:43

3. The Supergamers

Blurb: “Documentary which opens a window on the bizarre community of eSports that has been almost invisible to the outside world up to now. Three young British gamers at different stages of their careers all have dreams of reaching the very top. Over a summer of competition, we follow these three in training, at school, and at the enormous tournaments where they pit their skills against elite gamers from all over the world. Competition is fierce, and those at the top in team games need to practise for up to 12 hours a day – living together, eating together and training together in houses paid for by multinational sponsors.” (Source: bbc.co.uk)

Game: Dota2 – Directed / Published by: BBC – Length: 01:04:46

4. The Foreigner

Blurb: “In 2011, a computer game tournament in Columbus, Ohio became a battle of two nations. The Foreigner takes you behind the scenes as four elite South Korean pro gamers annihilate the competition, and one brash American fights back. Witness the event that changed gaming forever.” (Source: theforeigner.tv)

Game: StarCraft2 – Directed / Published by: Jonathan Sutak – Length: 00:23:25

List of eSports documentaries

As promised we now give you an overview of the most known eSports documentaries:

eSports documentaryGameRelease 
True Sight: The International Finals 2017Defense of the Ancients 22017Watch
FIGHTLeague of Legends2017Watch
True Sight : The Kiev Major Grand FinalsDefense of the Ancients 22017Watch
Counter Logic Gaming – Overcoming LegacyLeague of Legends2016Watch
Inside the Competitive World of SMITESMITE2016Watch
League of MillionsLeague of Legends2016Watch
Intel Extreme Masters 2016 by Sky Sportslinkedin2016Watch
The SupergamersDefense of the Ancients 22016Watch
E-Sports SuperstarsDefense of the Ancients 22016Watch
The ForeignerStarcraft 22016Watch
G2 - Rising up (series)League of Legends2016Watch
Team Liquid Rebirth (Season 3)League of Legends2016Watch
A Female eSports Champion Speaks Out About Harassment HearthStone2016Watch
Respect (series)linkedin2016Watch
FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game CommunityStreet Fighter2016Watch
The Big House 5 DocumentarySmash Brothers2016Watch
Mang0 (series)Smash Brothers2016Watch
Cloud9 Genesis (series)League of Legends2016Watch
TSM Legends (series)League of Legends2015Watch
The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive GamingLeague of Legends2015Watch
Legends Rising (series)League of Legends2015Watch
G2 - New heightsCS:GO2015Watch
G2 - Road to LCSLeague of Legends2015Watch
Team Liquid Rebirth (Season 2)League of Legends2015Watch
Team Liquid Rebirth (Season 1)League of Legends2015Watch
Throne of GamesDefense of the Ancients 22015Watch
All Work All PlayLeague of Legends2015Watch
Call of Duty eSports: INTO THE FUTURECall of Duty2015Watch
Live / PlayLeague of Legends2015Watch
The Glory - Siła e-sportu (english subtitles)League of Legends2015Watch
The CLG DocumentaryLeague of Legends2015Watch
Cultivation: House of Snake EyezStreet Fighter2015Watch
TSM Leffen: For Glory (series)Smash Brothers2015Watch
Changing Lanes (series)Defense of the Ancients 22015Watch
HTC Rivals (series)Smash Brothers2015Watch
Free to play: The MovieDefense of the Ancients 22014Watch
Dota - An eSports PhenomenonDefense of the Ancients 22014Watch
How video games became a spectator sportLeague of Legends2014Watch
Road to Worlds (series)League of Legends2014Watch
ITV OnAssignment: eSportsLeague of Legends2014Watch
Team Razer: Great Games (series)League of Legends2014Watch
Equal Gaming - Euqality in eSportslinkedin2014Watch
More Than A GameStreet Fighter2014Watch
Sons of Starcraft (series)StarCraft 22014Watch
Good GameStarCraft 22014Watch
OpTic Gaming: Behind the Green WallCall of Duty2014Watch
One Final RunStarCraft 22014Watch
Redemptionlinkedin2014Watch
Die NoobsCall of Duty2014Watch
Gamecrib: TSM (Season 1)League of Legends2013Watch
Gamecrib: TSM (Season 2)League of Legends2013Watch
The Smash Brothers (series)Smash Brothers2013Watch
I Am Street FighterStreet Fighter2013Watch
Race to World FirstWorld of Warcraft2013Watch
State of PlayStarCraft 22013Watch
Play BravelyStreet Fighter2013Watch
Inside look at Korean Starcraft II pro teamsStarCraft 22013Watch
Liquid RisingStarCraft 22012Watch
Drones, Probes & SCVsStarCraft 22012Watch
compLexity: GenerationsStarCraft 22012Watch
The International 2012Defense of the Ancients 22012Watch
Inside look at world champion gamer MVPStarCraft 22012Watch
StarCraft II: Year OneStarCraft 22011Watch
King of ChinatownStreet Fighter2010Watch
Nal_rA OldBoyStarCraft2010Watch
Intel Extreme MastersStreet Fighter2010Watch
FocusStreet Fighter2010Watch
GrubbyWarCraft2009Watch
Frag (History of pro-gaming)Donkey Kong2008Watch
E-@thletesStreet Fighter2008 " target="blank">Watch
Chasing GhostsDonkey Kong2007Watch
King of Kong: A Fistful of QuartersDonkey Kong2007Watch
eSports in ChinaWarCraft2007Watch
Gamerz Week (MTV)Smash Brothers2006Watch
StarCraft: World Cyber Games 2005 StarCraft2005Watch
compLexitiy: RedemptionStreet Fighter2004Watch
MTV True Life: I'm a Gamer Quake2003Watch

Did we forget a documentary? Leave us a comment and we will add it to the list!

Image source: eslgaming.com, Photographer: Patrick Strack

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