Patrick Hruby, the ESPN columnist hits inside the esports with an interesting and long article, topic being "So you wanna be a professional video game player?". The article includes the elite of American video gaming stars, Major League Gaming (MLG), Halo 2, and everything between that.
Below you can read some snippets:
"Fingertips on plastic. Angry cicadas. Hundreds of gamers jabbing hundreds of buttons, slack-jawed, unblinking, faces damn near pressed to the glass, all jockeying to become the very best "Halo 2" players on the planet, watched in turn by what seems like -- wait, what is -- a couple thousand fans. This is Major League Gaming's Chicago tournament, the latest stop in an eight-month, six-event season, host to 16 professional teams and dozens of semipro and amateur wannabes."
"The 19-year-old Syracuse, N.Y., resident slouches into a couch. His entire existence revolves around gaming. He has a $250,000 contract with MLG, makes thousands more in prize money and charges up to $115 per hour for online gaming lessons though a self-founded company that counts New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson among its 1,000-plus clients."
"Everyone watches the screens, transfixed. Steve DeAngelis nods. He's from Michigan. Works in advertising, for a company called Mindshare. Wears jeans and a black blazer. Says he's looking at the future. 'So many people look up to these guys, it's crazy,' he tells me. 'Gaming is big in '08, going to blow up. But my older clients, they don't get it.'"
You can read the complete article here.
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