ESL Gaming and BY Entertainment are preparing for the premiere of ALL WORK ALL PLAY: The Pursuit of eSports Glory, a documentary on the international eSports phenomenon, and announced that they will be holding a Starcraft II tournament alongside the films premiere at ESL studios in Burbank. ALL WORK ALL PLAY follows the paths of competitors for the Intel Extreme Masters championship and delves into the rise of eSports in the gaming community and the mainstream. The event will be streamed live in North American theaters by BY Entertainment on July 21st and again in European theaters on July 28th. An encore presentation will also be aired on July 30th in the United States and July 29th in Canada. The event will be hosted by Joshua “Clutch” Gray, the host of Shifting Gears, and will be topped off with a Q&A session with the director of the film, Patrick Creadon, and the Director of Pro Gaming at ESL, Michal Blicharz.
Starcraft legends Huk, qxc, puCK, and iNcontrol will be playing in the tournament that will be aired alongside the film. The tournament will showcase the new expansion, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void. The tournament will be in the new “Archon Mode”, allowing players to share a single base. The tournament will also have commentators Nathanias Fabrikant and Andre “Gretorp” Henchua, both casters for Starcraft II tournaments.
eSports has been growing phenomenally over the last few years, with North American schools hosting collegiate teams and scholarships and major tournaments being streamed on ESPN networks. The growth of the industry has resulted in Wall Street starting to analyze the field. ALL WORK ALL PLAY: The Pursuit of eSports Glory will focus primarily on the players and their experiences. Some have predicted that the release of the documentary may push eSports even farther into the mainstream.