Gamers were once stigmatised in Western society as skinny, pale-faced geeks with no social life. Although sometimes fitting, this stereotype is changing as gaming becomes more mainstream.
In South Korea, gamers are superstars – poster boys for adolescent girls – who easily attract audiences of 100,000 to arenas most often used for pop concerts. Pro-gaming is not an underground competition away from the spotlights. The tournaments are played during TV’s prime time. The players are celebrities earning tons of cash and respect throughout the country and its borders. Read the rest of this entry »