Free to Play – a Valve documentary on the lives of pro gamers



Three different gamers…

From three different countries…

Share one dream…

To become the best DOTA 2 player in the world!


On March 19, 2014, Valve is releasing a documentary called Free to Play about the lives of three professional DOTA 2 players.

This film showcases the hardships, struggles and sacrifices these gamers had to go through when they decided to pursue professional gaming.

Though the players have very different backgrounds and grew-up in separate parts of the world, they all share similar lives and issues.


In order of trailer appearance:

Clinton “Fear” Loomis – Medford, Oregon

Clinton has always been the underdog but exceeded expectations every time and moved his way up through the ranks and achieved a hard earned spot at the DOTA 2 International. Clinton faced many challenges to get there however, including getting kicked off his home.





Benedict “HyHy” Lim – Singapore

Benedict’s prominent gaming career began when he and his teammates represented Singapore in the 2007 Asian Cyber Games. Benedict went on to win the Electronic Sports World Cup the next year and has been a rising force within the DOTA 2 community ever since. In Free to Play,  Benedict’s family discusses how pro gaming hurt his academic career.




Danil “Dendi” Ishutin – L’viv, Ukraine

Danil was a prodigious gamer growing up. He picked up PC gaming at an early age and began building up his gaming skills. Intense piano practice taught him excellent hand-eye coordination, which allowed him to excel at local tournaments, even against those well beyond his years.




Learn more about Free to Play in the trailer below and catch a small glimpse into the interesting lives of these three gamers.


An advanced screening of Free to Play along with a live Q&A session will be held on March 18 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, CA. If you live in the area, pick up your tickets now from the event’s ticket website. If you do not live near the Bay Area, no worries; Free to Play will be released on Steam for free on March 19, just one day after the premiere.

In addition to the film, there will be a “Free to Play Pack” available on DOTA 2. It will feature an assortment of DOTA 2 in-game items dedicated to the players featured in the film.

The Free to Play Pack includes:

  • Fear’s Sven Set
  • HyHy’s Doom Set
  • Dendi’s Pudge Set
  • Free to Play Wards
  • Free to Play HUD
  • Free to Play Courier

The Free to Play Pack

You can purchase the Free to Play Pack on Steam once the film is available March 19th.

Free to Play offers an inside look at the lives and challenges professional gamers face everyday and also showcases why DOTA 2 is one of the most played online games in the world.

To learn more about Free to Play, the three players and the premiere event, visit the film’s official website. And for all you aspiring pro gamers out there, best of luck and game on.


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