10 Best eSports Documentaries Ever

The eSports industry is one that is evolving at a rapid pace right now. There are loads of awesome documentaries out there that explore the industry and attempt to discover what makes eSports such a popular market. Here are the top 10 eSports documentaries of all time:

MTV True Life: I’m a Gamer

We start with the first ever known documentary that covered the topic of eSports. This MTV production introduced its audience to the world of professional gaming. The movie was released at a time when eSports was nowhere near as mainstream as it is now but it still gives you an eye-opening insight into how the industry was before it hit the big time.

Why You’ll Like It:

Players competing for a $200 top prize in a local bar shows how far the industry has come in just under 15 years. In a poignant moment, one pro gamer Graig states “It’s not about the money!”. How times have changed!

King of Chinatown

This movie was one of the first documentaries to cover the celebrity side of eSports. The star of the documentary is professional gamer Justin Wong who is perfecting his technique on Street Fighter IV.

The movie follows the highs and the lows of Justin as he navigates through the dramas of the multi-billion dollar industry of eSports.

Why You’ll Like It:

Ideal viewing for anyone who was part of the gaming generation that caught the Street Fighter bug in the 1990s.

Free To Play

Three professional gamers are the focus of this documentary. Benedict Lim, Danil Ishutin, and Clinton Loomis are filmed during every step of their journey to the first ever Dota 2 international tournament.

Produced by Valve Corporation, this documentary gives an honest portrayal of the sacrifices and pressures that come with being a professional eSports player in this modern

Why You’ll Like It:

For the mind-blowing realization that eSports isn’t all just sitting around, smoking weed, reading Playboy and binge-watching Breaking Bad… honest!

The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive Gaming

Vice host Matt Shea takes a trip to South Korea eSports have become big business. In this documentary he looks at how the industry has become one encourages excess, driven by both a desire to become the best and become the most famous.

Why You’ll Like It:

A glimpse into the super obsessive attitude towards the eSports industry in Asia.

All Work All Play

If you are looking for one documentary on eSports that you would want to watch if you are thinking about becoming a professional gamer, this will either make you or break you.

This movie shows what is required of individuals to reach gaming glory. It shows you the challenges and struggles that gamers encounter as they try to avoid becoming a gaming nerf and strive to be one of the best players in the world.

Why You’ll Like It:

This is grittier viewing than the bear mauling scene in The Revenant. OK, that’s perhaps a little dramatic but it will certainly remove any romantic notions wannabe gamers have of the industry.

The Super Gamers

This is a BBC documentary that was made last year to show viewers the reality of life as a professional eSports player.

Three British players by the gaming names of KaSing, Impaler and Greensheep are followed as they prepare for their upcoming tournament.

Even though the eSports profession is often cast aside as one reserved for geeks and social delinquents, this movie reveals another intensely tough side to the industry.

Why You’ll Like It:

A lifestyle of working on your game at least 12 hours a day, living with team mates and training together exposes the hardcore truth behind the multi-billion dollar industry.

The Foreigner

Back in 2011, a StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty tournament in Columbus, Ohio was dominated by four South Korean eSports players by the names of SlayersMMA, Moon, Losira, and OGS MC.

One American player, IDRA, stood in their way and launched a one-man assault to try and stop the South Koreans from taking the title off North American soil.

There has never been a tournament rivalry like it since. It changed the way eSports tournaments were seen forever. This is the story of that historic competition.

Why You’ll Like It:

Who doesn’t like seeing gamers getting insanely competitive? Get the popcorn ready.

eSports Superstars

It might sound more like a 1980s celebrity sports quiz show but this is an honest documentary from The Economist. It asks the controversial questions of whether eSports players deserve the fame and glory they enjoy or if they are just geeks and nerds that struck it lucky.

The documentary focuses on the pro gaming team Cloud 9 and their exploits on the high-profile eSports game Dota 2. Team members

Why You’ll Like It:

If you like your documentaries a little more philosophical, this’ll be a winner.

League of Millions

Those of you in the know will be fully aware that League of Legends is one of the biggest eSports around at the moment.

The game became the first eSport to make over $1.7 billion in microtransactions over 2016. The League of Legends World Championship drew in audience figures of 14.7 million at their peak.

This documentary taps into the global obsession with the game that has changed the face of eSports. The focus is on Team Liquid as they battle to win the 2015 World Championship.

Why You’ll Like It:

The passion for the game is so infectious, it’ll make you want to play something, anything, straight away.

A New Hero: The Rise of College eSports

This is one of the most fascinating stories in eSports history.

Heroes of the Dorm, a play on words of the eSports game Heroes of the Storm, became one of the shock success stories of 2015. As college eSports players had their exploits screened on TV thanks to a lucrative deal with ESPN, eSports became more widely enjoyed.

In its second year of competition, four college students in the form of The Heroic Four made the decision to make their mark on the tournament. It captured the imagination of eSports fans the world over and gave birth to a new era of college sporting hero.

This is the story behind that iconic moment in eSports history.

Why You’ll Like It:

Seeing how college guys deal with going from zero to hero is fascinating.