In August 2011 a contest promoting one brilliant online strategy game, Defense of the Ancients (Dota) 2, took place in Germany. It provided the biggest award fund to date ($1.6 million) drawing attention to skilled players from around the globe.
Just a decade ago competitive gaming was not existent. You would play for amusement against your best friends, for a cup of coffee, soda, beer or whatever you/they wanted.
From there, online competitive gaming started and suddenly you weren't just trying to be the best in your neighborhood, now you're trying to be one of the best on the planet. That transformed competitive gaming, set a whole new standard, and one of the games that made a difference was Dota.
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. - Free to Play: The Movie
Dota is kind of a mixture of soccer and chess. It is a game of momentum. You as five players attempt to compete against the other five players for momentum. Every single player is in control of one unit and the essential goal of the game is to wipe out the last enemy structure which is named the "Ancient."