All Work All Play: The Pursuit of eSports Glory Live
Directed by Patrick Creadon
There’s something happening in the world of video games. Thousands are flocking to arenas to watch tournaments unfold. Tens of millions are watching online. One percent of the world population is playing the most popular competitive game. In All Work All Play, go behind the scenes and follow the ascent of eSports, and watch as the best pro gamers in the world fight for the Intel Extreme Masters championship.
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★★★½ review by DrDoof on Letterboxd
Ein interessanter Einblick für Außenstehende in die E- Sports Welt.
★★★½ review by Talha Pirzada on Letterboxd
I'm in this, I can literally name everyone.
But if you don't know what pro-gaming is, this documentary takes you through the journey with easy to digest information in a very realistic manner.
★★★★ review by Ben Scarborough on Letterboxd
My brother lives this life
★★★★ review by McGuiroquai on Letterboxd
This a documentation of the rise of Esports and the growth of the games and everything surrounding them. But for me this is really the story of Michal Blicharz and how hard he pushed for Esports to develop to where it is today. He didn't just want what he worked on to succeed, he 100% needed it to.
This documentary does a good job to show interviews with pro players of various teams and casters from the tournaments to explain aspects of the games or opinions on the state of Esports, but it's most impressive to think without Michal these players would still be competing for $50 prizes in small tournaments. His work with ESL to create these events are the reason Esports are now filling traditional sports stadiums.
Impressive documentary, even more so for the fact that I'm a league of legends fan and interviews with players like Dyrus, Sneaky, and WildTurtle, played second fiddle to the story of Michal.
Main point, GG Michal.
★★★★ review by Lewis Nixon on Letterboxd
Flicking around Netflix on a Sunday night I came across a film that piqued my interest. A documentary about professional video game playing.
Being an avid video game player myself I was keen to see how it would translate to cinema. I'm also not that knowledgable on the whole professional gamer scene despite being a gamer myself so I thought this film might be able to expand on it a little.
The film shows that professional gaming is a very real industry. The viewer base is growing exponentially. Video games can be more than just button mashing and a waste of time. At the highest level it can command a seven figure - yes, you're reading it correctly - salary, it also requires skill, discipline, sacrifice, team work, and maturity.
We see most of the film's journey through the point of view of Michael "Carmac" Blicharz, the man in charge of organising Intel Extreme Masters (IEM). I hadn't heard of IEM before, but the film really gave me a sense of the scale of it. It feels like it's kind of like the Masters for golf or the U.S. Open for tennis. Suffice to say, winning one of these is a pretty big accomplishment.
We also get perspectives from two of the top 'League of Legends' teams - Cloud 9 and Team Solo Mid. Don't worry though if you don't know anything about League of Legends, the film isn't about the game itself or tries to push anyone to play it. It only uses it as a backdrop and I love the way it presented the rules without overwhelming someone with all the details.
One of the amazing and inspiring things mentioned in the film was finding out rookie professional gamers can get salaries of $30,000 and, as I mentioned before, some professionals are well into the $100,000+ in earnings, even millions. I went in expecting some of them to say, "yeah but I also have a day job."
I won't ruin who comes out on top between Cloud9 and Team Solo Mid (referred to throughout the film as TSM) but it certainly will have you on the edge of your seat. Who'd have thought video games would be considered an actual sport in 2016?
All in all I thought this film was an eye-opening experience and better than what I thought it would be, even if you're slightly curious to watch it, I would recommend. 4/5 from me.
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