Game Boys: Triumph, Heartbreak, and the Quest for Cash in the Battleground of Competitive V ideogaming

A yr contained in the fierce rivalries and large enterprise of aggressive videogaming

A technology-fueled spin on a vintage activities story, Game Boys profiles "cyber-athletes" who compete for dominance within the expert gaming circuit, an international populated with rivalries, gigantic egos, company sponsorships, and massive money prizes. Michael Kane's pioneering account of the life-style and company of gaming takes readers to the center of "e-sports," what many contemplate the successor in activities leisure to the X-games and aggressive poker. Following the pinnacle teams-3D and CompLexity, a competition as sour because the Yankees as opposed to the pink Sox-Kane profiles the superstar gamers as they cheat, strategize, signal with rival groups, and get berated by means of sideline-pacing coaches. Are avid gamers fairly the athletes of day after today? They act like they're. a full of life journey of the quirks and dramas of a culture at the cusp of huge issues, Game Boys is a story of activities glory and a glimpse into the profitable enterprise of gaming.

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