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  • Gaming has outgrown the bedroom
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How video games became a spectator sport

Not long ago, it was inconceivable that video games would be anything more than a niche pastime, let alone a path to a lucrative career. Yet e-sports now attract millions of fans and major brand sponsorships. How did they come to rival to traditional sports? And can they achieve mainstream success?

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“The venue was unlike any I had attended before in terms of layout, sheer crowd size and lighting ambience,” says League of Legends (LOL) fan Adel Chouadria. “Deafening would be the word to qualify the fan’s cheers, [but] that was nothing compared to the roar upon the unveiling of the trophy, and to the reaction to Faker’s somersault.” [1]

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