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Movies That Every Gamer Should Watch: Inspiring Esports Movies

Esports is a fairly new industry that is all the buzz lately. From mind blowing prize pools, millions of viewers, and esports athletes that are superstars in their own right, esports is slowly taking over the world. What used to be a pastime for gamers has now become a career of its own and highly profitable at that. There are now ESports news daily, tournaments that gather millions of viewers worldwide, and exciting content for avid fans of esports.

So it is not a surprise that the movie industry grabbed the opportunity to create movies about the sport. We have compiled a list of the best movies about esports and whether you are a gamer looking to be inspired or you are simply curious about esports we are sure you will enjoy the following movies.

Rise of the Esports Hero

Telling the story of the North American team Evil Geniuses, the Rise of the Esports Hero is a documentary released in 2013 and directed by Stephen Gillis and Erica Landrock. This documentary shows not only the esports part of the team members but also their personal lives. You will get insight into their daily lives, the worldwide tournaments, and how they prepare for them and find out how they have fun. And for anyone unfamiliar with the industry, you will also have a chance to learn about the hardships of esports.

The King’s Avatar

This movie is the perfect choice for gamers who love MMORPG games. This animated web series was based on a novel with a similar name that was written by Hu Dielan. It was directed by Ke Xiong and it is unlike other esports or gamer movies. The King’s Avatar is about the rise of an MMORPG game named “Glory” which triggered the rise of esports in China. It also tells the story of the best player of “Glory” named Ye Xiu that decides to retire and run an internet cafe and later goes on to help avid young gamers prepare for an international championship.


Focus is an interesting documentary that tells the story of Mike Ross, a college graduate who is unemployed and is one of the best video game players in the world. It is a documentary that will inspire many of those who are looking to make a career out of gaming. The movie shows Mike’s life as he prepares for the biggest competitions of his life and along the way it reveals the hardships and misconceptions of his lifestyle.

The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive Gaming

The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive Gaming is a documentary created by Vice and it gives an inside look at the world of competitive gaming in South Korea which is expanding rapidly. The documentary follows the rise of esports to the multi-million dollar industry that it is today and it also shows both the good and the bad that come with being a professional esports athlete. The documentary also follows the lives of the richest players and keeping in mind that the average player can earn up to $15,000 monthly, it is an interesting lifestyle to have.

Falling Into Your Smile

Falling into your smile is a unique esports movie that includes both competition and romance. It tells the story of a student Tong Yao that vows to never fall in love with someone in the same field as her but as she becomes the first female player in China’s pro league she catches the eye of the team captain Lu Si Cheng. It was released in 2021 and it quickly became one of the most popular esports movies.

Free to Play: The Movie

This is another documentary movie released in 2014 by the American video game company Valve. The movie tells the story of three professional DotA players Benedict “hyhy” Lim from Singapore; Danil “Dendi” Ishutin from Ukraine; and Clinton “Fear” Loomis from the US who participated in the most lucrative competition of the time, the first International. That is an annual international championship for the esports video game Dota 2 and it is also produced by Valve. The main focus of the documentary is how their lives were affected by their commitment to DotA and how with this tournament all their struggles would have meaning.


Last but not least is Noobz which was released in 2012 and is different from the rest of the movies on our list as this is a comedy movie about competitive gaming. It was directed by Blake Freeman and he plays the leading role in the movie. It tells the story of four friends that hit the road to LA in an effort to win the Cyberbowl Video Game Championship. The main character Cody is a real-life loser who loses both his job and his wife as he joins his friends for this video game tournament. However, he manages to get through all obstacles and wins the ultimate prize. This is a great movie if you are looking for something related to gaming or esports but also lighthearted.

And with that, we conclude our list, these are our top recommendations for movies every gamer should watch and nongamers can enjoy also. We hope you liked it.

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