How One Video Sport Become a Million-Greenback Skilled Recreation

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Last October, the Staples Center was filled with hundreds of thousands of passionate fans, though not the type you would expect in the storied sports arena

The fans that sold-out the stadium in an hour weren’t there to watch Game 7 of the NBA Finals. They were there to watch professional gamers compete on the international stage at the World Championships of the video game League of Legends — one of the largest and most watched eSports tournaments in history.

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Since then, League of Legends eSports (the term for professional gaming) has continued to grow in popularity, but, more importantly, in legitimacy. As Riot Games’ professional league — the League Championship Series (LCS) — enters the second half of its second season, it’s all beginning to look more and more like traditional sports Read more…

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