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Making stars out of gamers

BBC News writes:

"With the Olympics looming thoughts have turned to British sporting prowess.

If the efforts of one group of 21st Century athletes are any guide then British hopefuls in Beijing could be about to cause some upsets.

The athletes in question are the 10 members of Birmingham Salvo - the UK's top pro-gaming team and they have just won a prestigious gaming prize.

The team was one of 18 competing in the globe-spanning Championship Gaming Series (CGS).

Backed by News Corporation, the CGS aims to turn video-gaming into a popular spectator sport.

Birmingham Salvo was one of eight teams that won national and regional tournaments to make it to the grand final held in the US.

CGS tournaments held during July saw the team progress steadily through the rankings until it made it to the final which saw it pitted against the San Francisco Optx.

"We were the underdogs, no one thought we would do very well," said Sarah "Sarahlou" Harrison for whom the CGS final was her first tournament.

David "Daveyskills" Kelly said: "All the Americans are hyped up a bit more than us, everyone expects them to beat everyone else."

He added: "In all the predictions everyone was saying that the US would win. We would get swamped and not even win a game." "

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