FilmRise Acquires eSports Documentary

FilmRise has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to John Keating’s Gamechangers: Dreams of Blizzcon, a feature-length documentary film about professional eSports.

The company will release the feature starting June 12 on the film festival circuit, at gamer events/tournaments, and various linear, TVOD, OTT, and SVOD platforms around the world.

The documentary explores the high pressure, high-stakes lifestyle of professional eSport stars through the eyes of two of the world’s best StarCraft II players, unraveling the childhood stories that led them into the world of gaming. StarCraft is a sci-fi real-time strategy game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Shortly after its release in 1998, the game became a pop culture sensation in South Korea, sparking the phenomenon known today as eSports.

“Keating does a wonderful job of capturing the passion of these young men and the fierce competition that they must endure,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher in a statement. “We are excited to present their lives and dedication to this eSport through this groundbreaking film.”

To celebrate the acquisition, FilmRise and ESL are hosting a special invitation only preview screening of the film on March 4 at the world’s biggest eSports event: Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland, which ESL produces. A Q&A with director John Keating and producer Zachary Henderson will follow the screening.

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