In a shock subversion of Valve Time, Free to Play – Valve’s documentary about three professional gamers as they prepare for and compete in The International, the million dollar Dota 2 tournament – is now out.
I say “shock subversion” for two reasons. Firstly, it was actually due out today, so that’s new. Secondly, I wasn’t expecting it to be released quite this early today; Valve being Valve, I figured it’d be closer to midnight in the UK, or at least 6pm. But no! It’s out now.
I’m not going to waffle on any further because I intend to watch it later on tonight and then write something up about it, but if you fancy giving it a look, click on over to the film’s Steam page. And yes: as the name implies, Free to Play is free-to-play. If you fancy chipping in then you can also buy the Competitor’s Pack for a tenner, which offers some Dota 2 sets as well as a HUD, a courier, and some wards, with part of the proceeds going towards the three gamers focused on in the film itself.Related to this article
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.