eSports: From Bane to Boon

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ONCE THE BANE of parents everywhere, competitive video gaming or eSports is a growing industry, with dozens of professional sports leagues and major governing bodies like the International Esports Federation and European Esports Federation now existing across the world. An interesting fact is, the largest player and fan bases are in South Korea.1 History and Trends In 1980 Atari held the first large-scale video game competition called The Space Invaders Championship attracting 10,000 players in the US – that marked competitive video gaming as a hobby, but not a viable career just yet. As technology in computer chips and graphics improved and ...


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