Live to Win

"Live to Win" offers an intimate and behind-the-scenes look at the exhilarating world of esports, centered around the final Counter-Strike Major held in Paris. The film focuses on three pivotal players, each representing a different view that captures the essence of perseverance, leadership, and the pursuit of greatness.

The documentary primarily revolves around Apex, the in-game leader of Team Vitality, previously known for his exceptional entry role skills, Apex now faces a significant challenge. Plagued by doubts and skeptics for years, he embarks on a journey to prove his worth as a leader and mastermind. "Live to Win" delves into Apex's emotional struggles and his evolution as a leader, culminating in an awe-inspiring triumph that solidifies his position as one of the greats.

Alongside Apex, we follow the charismatic IGL of Heroic, Cadian. Widely favoured to win the Major, Cadian carries immense pressure. However, they face unexpected challenges as we follow the trials and tribulations that he and his team endure. Shedding light on the often unpredictable nature of esports and the resilience these players need to keep fighting.

"Live to Win" also shines a spotlight on Cypher, the exceptional Rifler of Into The Breach, the first and only UK team to qualify for any CS:GO Major. Cypher's remarkable skills and determination are showcased as the team defies expectations throughout the championship. Through Cypher's perspective, the film highlights the passion and dedication that drives players to overcome obstacles and compete at the highest level in the global esports arena.

Combining exciting gameplay footage, in-depth player interviews, and powerful emotional moments, "Live to Win" celebrates the human spirit's triumph over adversity, the profound impact of leadership and teamwork, and the unrelenting pursuit of excellence in the fiercely competitive realm of esports.

  • Jacques Lockwood
  • Jacques Lockwood
    Game and Glory, Fight for First
  • Dan Madesclaire
    Key Cast
  • Casper Møller
    Key Cast
  • Cai Watson
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    esports, sports, documentary, observational documentary
  • Runtime:
    33 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 24, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Denmark, France, United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Jacques Lockwood

Hailing from Somerset and currently living in London, Jac has worked predominantly in unscripted TV for most of his career, working his way up the ladder until he finally found a niche.

In 2019 he started working in esports, producing BBC's 'Fight for First', and continued creating short branded content for companies like BLAST, Google and the World Economic Forum. Eventually going back to produce the BBC's second esports documentary 'Game and Glory' which picked up a Broadcast award for 'Best Content Partnership' and has followed that thread to Produce and Direct 'Live to Win'

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