BETTING BIG ON ESPORTS
I learned quite a bit from the 1989 movie The Wizard. I learned that if you use the raccoon suit to fly in the first castle level of Super Mario Brothers 3, you find a flute that warps you to new levels. I learned that the Nintendo Power Glove was “so bad,” especially in the hands of a villainous, blonde-haired preteen named Lucas. I also learned that there was a thing called “Video Armageddon,” a massive, bracket-style tournament for young video gamers where you could win $50,000. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was witnessing a seminal moment for what is now known as eSports, or competitive video gaming.
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