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New Dota documentary explains the history and appeal

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You may or may not have known that Dota started as a mod for Warcraft III (That mod itself being based on a Starcraft map). However, the development from popular mod into full fledged game is more complicated than you might imagine – as is the growth into a full fledged eSport.

We, The Community is a 20-minute film by Moritz ‘Moose’ Zimmermann and is available in its entirety on YouTube. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.

I really like the approach of the video, showing the various players before they were necessarily as famous as they are now, and how Dota changed from being a mod that couldn’t make anyone any money into the multimillion dollar industry that it is today. Even just the shift from Dota to Dota 2; there’s a good reason that people worship Valve for what they can (and do) do. The International was more than just a money making scheme for Valve (although of course it raked in tons of cash), it was a giant thank you to the community and the kickstart that eSports needed.

Even if you’re not a Dota fan, this video is really cool to watch. It’s beautiful to see what an active community can do for a game. The development and growth of the game from a niche, expensive hobby into a lucrative industry is mind boggling and overwhelming.

Big thanks to our Matty Fig for the tip – I know you all miss his Dota reporting, so I hope you get a small taste of what it used to be like when he was around.

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Last Updated: February 4, 2015

28 Comments

  1. Tosh MA

    February 4, 2015 at 15:35

    • RinceThis

      February 4, 2015 at 15:36

      He do something with his hair?

      Reply

    • Ghost In The Rift

      February 4, 2015 at 15:37

      Give it a little ginger and i’d say its cabalicious..:-P

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 4, 2015 at 15:40

      Those lips…. I bet he could suck start a leaf blower.

      Reply

      • Tosh MA

        February 4, 2015 at 15:41

        In this case, that IS the leaf blower. If you know what I mean? ๐Ÿ˜›

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          February 4, 2015 at 15:43

          Bwahahaha!

          Reply

    • hairyknees

      February 4, 2015 at 16:07

      I miss her so ๐Ÿ™

      Reply

      • Tosh MA

        February 4, 2015 at 16:12

        You must be the only person who read that correctly. ๐Ÿ˜€

        Reply

        • z1n

          February 5, 2015 at 09:44

          Almost the only one.

          Reply

        • hairyknees

          February 5, 2015 at 11:55

          I actually read EVERYTHING ๐Ÿ˜›

          Reply

  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    February 4, 2015 at 15:38

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  3. Blood Emperor Trevor

    February 4, 2015 at 15:39

    Tastes like… cabbage.

    Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    February 4, 2015 at 15:48

    Still don’t get the appeal of the game. Bit I understand why it’s so big and the huge support it enjoys. What I do get as well is the Valve finally found an out. They don’t need to make games anymore. Dota and Steam will bankroll their company for the foreseeable future

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      February 4, 2015 at 15:57

      And TF2 hats.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        February 4, 2015 at 15:59

        Of course

        Reply

  5. Admiral Chief

    February 4, 2015 at 15:52

    Speaking of which, did he lose his internship?

    Reply

    • Tosh MA

      February 4, 2015 at 15:54

      No, after 6 months it was done. It had been 6 months. He even said so at the end of last year. Don’t you read the articles? Do you just come for the comments/trolls/lulz?

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        February 4, 2015 at 15:55

        [RHETORICAL QUESTION DETECTED]

        Reply

      • HvR

        February 4, 2015 at 15:56

        Why? it is like reading the articles in gentleman’s magazines.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          February 4, 2015 at 15:56

          So, you are saying the comments section is the saucy bits?

          Reply

          • Tosh MA

            February 4, 2015 at 15:57

            *contains

          • Tosh MA

            February 4, 2015 at 15:57

            or *bit

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            February 4, 2015 at 15:57

            Is that you Lance Armstrong?

          • HvR

            February 4, 2015 at 16:04

            Well you will probably go blind if you read to many of them.

  6. Kikmi

    February 4, 2015 at 15:58

    |Such a cool doccie ๐Ÿ˜€

    Reply

  7. hairyknees

    February 4, 2015 at 16:06

    I approve the header xD and the Dota coverage <3

    Reply

  8. So Hard (Umar)

    February 4, 2015 at 16:33

    OMG ZOE <3 ! BassHunter!!!!!

    Reply

  9. Matthew Holliday

    February 4, 2015 at 20:58

    brb, gna go sit on ventrilo and speel some dota.

    Reply

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