There was a sold-out event this past weekend at Madison Square Garden and it had nothing to do with music, hockey, or basketball. The event was the regional championship for the video game “League of Legends.”
“The dimly lit stadium was arranged around a stage featuring 10 chairs specially designed for gamers,” Sarah E. Needleman reported for the Wall Street Journal. “The historic arena began to look and sound more like a major league sports event as fans started pouring in, waving blue and red plastic batons and munching on popcorn and other snacks. Their cheers overpowered blaring music, as they shouted the names of their favorite teams and players.”
We’ve written a couple of posts (here and here) about the increasing popularity of eSports, and if you’re interested (and have 10 minutes to spare) to learn more about the phenomenon, watch the video below.
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