When nongamers hear the term “competitive gaming,” they may not know exactly what to expect.
Playing video games is stereotypically seen as a solo activity, performed quietly in a dark room. At best, someone not familiar with video games’ competitive nature might imagine something akin to the World Series of Poker, where the action is slow but the stakes are high.
What most nongamers may not realize is that professional gaming has become a world not unlike that of many other sports you may follow. There are teams, sponsors, live commentators, huge spectator events and a lot of money on the line, not to mention a lot of energy in the room. Perhaps the biggest competitive gaming name in North America right now, Major League Gaming (MLG), has been to Dallas many times before. It’s back this weekend with $170,000 in prizes spread across three huge games: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, League of Legends and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (released just days before the tournament begins).