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E-sports documentary ‘All Work, All Play’ to be shown in cinemas


The e-sports documentary All Work, All Play is getting its European cinema debut on July 28th, broadcast live from Germany. Across the continent various theatres will be holding an event to watch the movie, a live Q&A afterwards and various outtakes. It will be followed by a StarCraft 2 Archon mode match – the 2v2 format where players control one base between them. The website will let you know the closest venue to you. 

The documentary itself is focused on Season 9 of the Intel Extreme Masters which finished in March this year. The games on display were StarCraft II, League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Here’s the trailer for the movie, which had its US debut last night:

Roughly 100,000 e-sports documentaries have been planned since the rise of SC2 and other games in 2010, but most looked a damn sight less professional and interesting than this. It’s also current, rather than having a 6-12 month lead time from production to viewing like many have had which often damaged the relevance of the footage.

This is all taking place as part of the E-sports In Cinemas Project, which has goals you can probably guess. I attended a viewing party for last year’s League of Legends finals at 6 in the morning at a local cinema and it was loads of fun. I highly recommend finding out if something similar is happening near you for a game you’re interested in. Since they’ve managed to do it in bloody Glasgow, there probably is. The project’s next stop is the CSGO finals at ESL One in Cologne on August 23rd, which tickets are on sale for now.