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E-sports proving to be lucrative in South Korea, with butts in seats

South Korea is pushing professional gaming (e-sports) to a whole new level, with thousands of spectators attending large events
By: Michael Hatamoto | Gaming News | Posted: Oct 20, 2014 7:43 pm

Professional gaming is a booming market in South Korea, with thousands of fans attending live tournaments - and millions watching over the Internet - as major tournaments offer large cash prizes. The recent League of Legends World Championships, held at the World Cup Stadium in South Korea, offered a championship title and a $1 million prize. The team of Samsung White won the top prize, with member ages ranging from 17 to 21 years old.

 

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"Most of the biggest championships are won by Chinese and Koreans simply because the number who go at it in a professional manner and everything aside are from those two countries," said Peter Warman, NewZoo CEO. "In the west that's difficult, in the west many wouldn't say e-sports is everything in their life, but in China and South Korea they would say it."

 

Along with heavy promotion of e-sports tournaments, Korea also has some of the leading pro gamers in the world - whether talking of strategy games or first-person shooters - and should only grow in popularity further.

NEWS SOURCES:Nytimes.com, Img.gawkerassets.com, Businessinsider.com

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