40°
Submitted by jagiii 954d ago | news

Gamescom 2012: Videogame Players, the Next Olympians?

COLOGNE, GERMANY (Reuters) - It's not exactly an Olympic sport - not yet, anyway - but as the London Games drew to a close this past Sunday, thousands of professional videogame players geared up for an event that for some can be as lucrative as winning a gold medal. Videogamers have gathered in Cologne, Germany this week for the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) competition, a professional videogame tournament that runs through August 19.

Professional electronic gaming, or eSports, is relatively new and has been gaining popularity around the world in recent years. Germany and South Korea are two hot markets, and the United States is quickly catching up.

Pro gamers can earn anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000 or more in winnings and make even more in product endorsements, teaching and other sponsorships. Videogame makers say participating in an event can boost a game's popularity. (Blizzard, Culture, eSports, League of Legends, Riot Games, Starcraft II)

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
Remember
New stories
30°

Battlefield Hardline Review - Xboxplayers

46m ago - The all new Battlefield is here, and takes us in a completely different direction to previous Bat... | Xbox One
30°

Halo: Combat Evolved – Retrogems

46m ago - The author retraces the development and the success Halo: Combat Evolved to go deep into his legacy. | Industry
Ad

Do You Suffer From Open World Fatigue?

Now - The open-world format has become prevalent, is it too much? | Promoted post
40°

PlayStation vs Nintendo 64 Was the Last Console War That Mattered

2h ago - Vice: Have you seen the latest advertising for the PlayStation 4? "The world's most powerful con... | Retro
30°

Gaming's White Knights

2h ago - Fixthisgame has discussed how a single game can make or break a company. Nevertheless, there is s... | Industry
40°

Lovely x Cation 1&2 opening movies released, Limited Edition version details published

2h ago - 5pb released two opening videos of the Lovely x Cation 1&2 bundle game which releases in May in J... | PS Vita