Right now there is a world tournament for an online game. The current prize pool is around 2 million players and I'm starting to see more news about how big "e-sports" has become. I'm curious as to what people think about when we think about people who are making a living through playing video games. When I was kid playing on your computer or playing games in general is seen as a completely waste of time. I'm seeing more and more people actually making a career out of this. You don't really have to be particular good at the game but just having a personality and you can create content around games.
There is still a huge negative stigma when it comes to what people think about people who play video games. Whenever main stream media talk about how it's normally in a condescending tone in order to make fun of it. I'm starting to see a change of opinion though as we now see a lot of investors trying to get into buying out teams who compete in these video games. The most recent one are NBA teams buying out gaming teams that are currently competing in game called League of Legends. There are a lot of media outlet covering NBA teams buying putting money into gaming teams and interviewing the people who are in charge of acquiring said teams.
They explain in terms of the business aspect. It's an obvious decision to buy in since there are so many people interested in people competing in video games. It's normal now to see stadiums being filled for gaming tournaments. The most recent being the staple center which sold out in a few seconds. Besides the stadiums being sold out there are now millions of viewers that are tuning in online.
What do you guys think about people who are making a career about playing video games? What about gaming teams?
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