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Streaming Free To Play - The Movie

Free to Play is a feature-length documentary that follows three professional gamers from around the world as they compete for a million dollar prize in the first Dota 2 International Tournament. In recent years, e-sports has surged in popularity to become one of the most widely-practiced forms of competitive sport. A million dollar tournament changed the landscape of the gaming world and for those elite players at the top of their craft, nothing would ever be the same again. Produced by Valve, the film documents the challenges and sacrifices required of players to compete at the highest level.

How does this differ from the downloadable version of Free To Play - The Movie?

  • Streaming Free To Play - The Movie allows you to start watching without having to first download the entire video file
  • The video quality will automatically adjust based on your available download bandwidth
  • While the content of the feature film is exactly the same as the downloadable version, there are no behind the scenes or audio commentaries available in the streaming version

What are the requirements for streaming Free To Play - The Movie?

Streaming is currently supported only in the Steam Client Beta.

How do I opt into the Steam Client Beta?

In the Steam Client, select the Steam menu, Settings, Account and change your "Beta Participation" to "Steam Beta Update".

How do I select a specific bit rate for streaming?

The video quality will automatically adjust based on your available download bandwidth and available video resolution. However, if you wish to select a specific bit rate:

  1. Move your mouse over the video player
  2. Click the settings icon on the right-hand side of the control bar
  3. From the Quality drop down, select the target bit rate
  4. The video will pause to buffer content at the selected resolution and then begin playing automatically

How do I enable Closed Captions?

  1. Start playback of Free To Play (Streaming)
  2. Move your mouse over the video player
  3. Click the settings icon on the right-hand side of the control bar
  4. Select from the Captions drop down the language of captions you want displayed, or None to turn off captions.

Note: When captions are set to None, English captions will be displayed automatically when non-English language is spoken.

How do I configure the display of Closed Captions?

  1. Start playback of Free To Play (Streaming)
  2. Move your mouse over the video player
  3. Click the settings icon on the right-hand side of the control bar
  4. Click Captions Options
  5. Set the desired closed captions display options
  6. Click Done to accept the changes or click Cancel to undo all changes

I've received an error message while streaming, what should I do?

  • If you receive an Access Denied message, visit the Free to Play store page and add the streaming option to your Steam Account before attempting to watch the movie
  • For any other error messages, please post the issue to the discussion forum for the movie

How can I provide feedback on streaming the movie?

Please provide any feedback by posting in the discussion forum for the movie.

Known Issues

  • Playback performance in the Steam Client Beta may be degraded on lower-end CPUs. 
  • Steam Big Picture, Steam OS and in-home streaming are not currently supported.

 

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