CODumentary tells an incredible story of how the video game Call of Duty grew into becoming one of the biggest global entertainment blockbuster franchises of all time. The documentary travels back through time and looks at how a single video game gained millions of fans around the world, broke numerous records and battled through the years to establish itself as one of the greatest video games of all time. Call of Duty arrived in 2003 and was produced by Infinity Ward,the games development studio founded by members of the team behind the award-winning WWII action title Medal of Honor. Featuring highly acclaimed cinematic graphics & storylines, Call of Duty faced strong competition in its early days from a host of similar high quality WWII games released between 2001 and 2006. In 2007 Infinity Ward made a giant stride forward with the launch of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, bringing the franchise into a present day setting. The game was critically acclaimed by both it’s fans and media as the title took the multi-player competitive element to a whole new level through fast action innovative game-play design structure. Call of Duty faced many challenges over the years and has been no stranger to controversy. The film looks at how government officials raised their concern over the game’s content and what happened when two of its development studio bosses were sensationally fired by its parent company following a long spell of success. The competitive multi-player aspect of the game saw a rise in people forming teams in the early days which eventually grew into what is know today as professional Esports. Competitive Call of Duty gaming events attract global sponsors and fans who attend arenas and stadiums around the world to watch the best players pit their wits against one another in the quest to achieve glory and prize money. The film drills down into all areas of Esports, the teams, coaches, professional players, broadcasters and looks at what it takes to be become the best in the world. CODumentary is told by the game’s developers, fans, professional players & numerous experts who describe in rich detail what makes the game so special and why its been so successful from launch to the present day.
Starring Craig Wilde, Pete Blumel, Cas Anvar
Director Jonathan Beales