Teams practice for months, if not years for their chance to win the big tournaments. These movies follow them through the highs and lows of their intense struggle to make their dreams come true. By following just one team through a tournament, you can’t help but empathise with their plight. While highlights videos are fast paced and feature only the best frags, storys around tournament documentaries are much slower pace, but they also show the players in a new light, allow the audience to see the emotion behind each frag, and can really build up the anticipation of each match. All these movies feature only one tournament, and do their best to take the viewer on a fantastic ride throughout it all.
SK – Believe (Counter Strike 1.6 – CPL Winter Finals 2005)
SK fight for the title in CPL Winter 2005. This is beautiful, and made with absolute precision, with exciting music throughout. The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) was what majors are today in the CSGO world, it was considered the pioneer in professional video game tournaments, which were held worldwide. So far to date it has distributed more than $3 million dollars in cash prizes, which is insane. CPL was way ahead of its time. SK was one of the first pioneers of cyberathletes, who are still around today, stronger than ever. They reigned supreme in 1.6 and never let go.
Complexity – Redemption (Counter Strike 1.6 – CPL Winter Finals 2004)
Classic documentary featuring the 2004 Counter-Strike team from compLexity Gaming. Jason Lake leads Counter-Strike legends fRoD, Storm, tr1p, Warden and Bullseye at CPL Winter 2004. Filmed by GW Films. This documentary shows the beginnings of compLexity, who in the years after this movie, were juggernauts in the 1.6 gaming scene. The real life footage draws you in with it’s excellent editing, and you’ll be rooting for them to win every game half way through. The website in the movie “GotFrag” used, was the American version of hltv.org. I may have seen this movie about 10 times.
Royalty for a Reason (Counter Strike Source – Multiplay i30 2007)
Ever wanted to see what HenryG looked like as a youngster in the beginning of his professional career as a CS:S player? This high tempo video created by our very own Infprod member “Deadcell” follows a young counter strike team, back when the UK used to have good counter strike players. The soundtrack is absolutely amazing, lots of rock and indie music which is a nice and refreshing change from the house, techno and dubstep I see in movies these days. The behind the scenes camera work shows great footage from UK lans, and what was a grassroots approach to eSports before there was any life changing money to be won.
Fnatic Farewell: Volume 1 (Counter Strike Source – Multiplay i36 2010)
Fnatic had a strong hold in Counter Strike Source, much like it did for a while in CS:GO back in 2015. The Fnatic team was untouchable on certain maps, and it was all because of 5 players who were all from the Netherlands; Proph, Blaze, Darky, Airraid and Xertion. Unfortunately fate frowned upon the gang, and a new Gaming Series called the CGS entered the scene and came with the promise of more exposure and a wider audience by showing the games on national TV. It broke up all the big teams across the world as it drafted the very best players onto the main stage infront of millions of viewers, hoping to skyrocket eSports to new heights by showing it in peoples living rooms. Fnatic lost Xertion and Blaze, which meant the organisation Fnatic dropped the 3 players remaining, and picked up 5 new players who already had chemistry together. When CGS failed after a year of diminishing ratings, all the players that CGS had signed were dropped, and teams began to pick up the pieces. Some teams reformed, but many great teams were lost, and in the process it set back the peak of Counter Strike gaming a few years. When Xertion and Blaze came back, Blaze lost his motivation for Counter Strike, while Xertion rejoined his former teammates. YLSS was drafted as a replacement and they played under a different organisation, LowLandLions. This movie was dedicated to the Fnatic team, who through unfortunate events and broken promises, fell from top level CS:S and returned to their first Lan in order to prove they still had what it takes to be the best team around. A qwerky movie, focused on the dynamic relationships that the players had with each other from years of lans and games together. Edited by InfProds Naamiko.
Play Bravely (CS:GO – Dreamhack Winter 2013)
The focus of this documentary is arguably Fnatic’s weakest player, Jonatan “Devilwalk” Lundberg and his teams struggle to win the Dreamhack Winter of 2013. It’s not as heavily stylised with special effects or graphics, but shows the teams struggles and issues leading into the grand final against Ninjas in Pyjamas. The film is a great snapshot of how teams operate at lan, how personalities clash and with the scene set, it delivers a depth to it that’s beautifully seen through great cinematography.
Virtus Pro – Road to Proland (CS:GO ESL Katowice 2014)
This was the first Major in Poland, and the only Polish team in CS:GO managed to gain a spot to it. With a massive amount of hopes and dreams, Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas the Virtus Pro player and team leader, combined with his old teammate from CS 1.6 Filip “NEO” Kubski set out to try and show everyone they weren’t too old to play at the top flight level. In front of a huge Polish audience who shouted and cheered for Virtus Pro, was this going to be the miracle come back story for the Virtus Pro team on home soil?
“REDEMPTION” NiP at ESL One Cologne 2014 (CS:GO ESL Cologne 2014)
A spectacular movie from Tweeday who had unprecedented access to NiP as their official moviemaker. The movie follows the NiP team when they had their most iconic lineup (f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, Fifflaren, friberg and Xizt) which went into the tournament having never one a major, and with a spade of unsatisfactory losses both online and offline after their dominance the years previously. Nobody thought they would be contenders for the title. With over 1.5 million views on youtube, the audience can’t be wrong about this one.
EnVyUs at ESL One Cologne 2015: The Movie (CS:GO – ESL Cologne 2015)
Our fresh EnVy CS team gave us all thrills at ESL One Cologne. This short documentary movie gives you a closer look at the team’s run to the Grand Final through the narration of the team’s star sniper Kenny “kennyS” Schrub. Filmed and edited by InfProds editor Ey3shield.
No Regrets – A DreamHack Open Stockholm Documentary ( CS:GO – Dreamhack Open 2015)
This professionally crafted documentary shows everything you would want to know about being a professional gamer. It has access to all the top players, and features them heavily throughout in interviews and behind the scenes footage. It’s beautifully edited together, and shows the savage cut throat tournaments that they must go to, and how their careers progress, giving insight to the obstacles people must overcome if they are to be crowned the best in the world at a video game. Featured around the Dreamhack Open in Stockholm, 16 teams fought for 8 places to be entered into the Cluj-Napoca Major Tournament later in the year.
CLUJ – NiP at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 (CS:GO Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca 2015)
This documentary tells the story of NiP-Gaming’s run at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015, the seventh major tournament in CS:GO to date. It includes in depth interviews with all the players and the best action from the team, both inside and outside of the game. Getting out of the group stage after a convincing 2-0 win against Titan in the decider, the Ninjas had to play versus arguably the best team in the world(at the time), Team SoloMid, in the quarterfinal. This is where things got interesting. This is the first documentary by NiP’s official moviemaker Perra “akidos” Andersen.