Valve's Dota 2 documentary, 'Free To Play,' tallies over 5.5 million views


Though less than a week has passed since its debut, Valve's Free To Play has already proven a massive hit by attracting over 5.5 million viewers during its opening weekend.

The film, which was produced internally at Valve Software, follows three professional Dota 2 players from around the world as they prepare themselves for a shot at a $1 million tournament purse. While few professional critics have weighed in on the film's quality, Valve trumpets the film's 9.3 out of 10 rating on IMDB, and describes the launch of Free To Play as "one of the largest debuts of any documentary film."

Of course, it helps that Free To Play is, as its title suggests, freely available to anyone with a functional Internet connection. If you're interested in watching it yourself, you can find the full film on Steam or by simply looking above this text. Free To Play is also on iTunes, though there it bears a $10 price tag. More information is available on Valve's Free To Play website.
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FREE TO PLAY ECLIPSING BOX OFFICE RECORDS
Over 5.5 Million View Valve's Documentary During Opening Weekend
March 24, 2014 - Free to Play, a documentary film from Valve that follows the lives of three aspiring professional gamers, has been viewed by over 5.5 million viewers during its opening weekend, making it one of the largest debuts of any documentary film.
Released last week via Twitch, YouTube, iTunes, Steam and other popular online platforms, the film has also received strong reviews from both the press and viewers, currently holding a 9.3 user rating on IMDB.
Created internally at Valve, Free to Play takes an intimate look into the lives of three professional computer gamers. All three speak different languages, and live on different continents (Asia, North America, and Europe). But they all share a passion for the same online game and made major sacrifices to train and compete professionally.
The film takes viewers around the globe as we get to know the players, their families, and their loved ones as they prepare to play for the first $1 million prize ever awarded in pro gaming.
Dota 2 is one of the most played online games in the world with over 7 million active monthly players.
For more information, please visit http://www.freetoplaythemovie.com/

This article was originally published on Joystiq.