Imagine you're right out of high school, making more than $100,000 a year. Now picture yourself doing it by playing video games. It happens. Not every day, but it happens.
Last week, a group of the best video game players in the world gathered in Dallas to compete for their share of $170,000 in prize money. Some 15,000 fans paid at the door to watch them. Around the world, 2.6 million more tuned in via the Internet.
This was the Major League Gaming Winter Championship. If you know "League of Legends," "StarCraft II" or "Call of Duty," there's a decent chance you're at least familiar with competitive gaming. If not, you might be surprised to hear it exists. It does, and it has more in common with better-known competitions, or sports, than you may think: An incredibly dedicated fan base, professional commentary with live action, winners and losers, favorite players and teams, and of course, paychecks for the players themselves.
Behind the tournament was New York-based Major LeagueRead More »from Pro Gaming: Master StarCraft, Get Paid