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Sports film of the week: Millionaire Gaming Prodigies

Our sports film of the week is a documentary following the explosion of eSports in South Korea

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Title: Millionaire Gaming Prodigies: Welcome to eSports

Year: 2015

Director: Matt Shea

Premise: The world of online gaming has exploded over the last number of years and there is now vast amounts of money at stake for those who excel in the ‘sport’. Matt Shea travels to South Korea to investigate the new phenomenon that is eSports.

Spending eighteen hours a day staring at a computer screen while your every move is being watched by agents and coaches is the norm for these gamers, but the money at stake is staggering. Winning the League of Legends world final will guarantee your team a cool $1 million, but the now celebrity-status enjoyed by the games’ best players is an even bigger draw.

The first instalment of this five part documentary follows the semi-finals of the League of Legends, where we are introduced to an almost ‘armour-less’ group of South Korean ladies who portray characters from the game.

What the critics’ say: “Welcome to the downfall of the human race.”- Armin Ackhoim(Youtube)

“Love the coverage, however.. Send someone who’s passionate about gaming and doesn’t come off sarcastically with every sentence!”- Scitechable(Youtube)

“eSports aren’t sports. They do require training and dedication, but they DON’T require actual physical activity, warming up, because you’re sitting in a chair playing videogames.”-Spence120

Source: VICE/YouTube

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