A few months ago, my friends Brian @Verbhal, Carlos @AddictiveSole, Bruce @Process817, and I went to an MLG (Major League Gaming) PRO CIRCUIT video game competition in Downtown Dallas. MLG is a team-based gaming league, with half a dozen circuit events culminating in a national Finals competition where players from around the world come to compete for prize money--BIG prize money.
I gotta admit, the thought of watching other people play video games didn't initially excite me, but once I was at the MLG event I discovered it really was a lot of fun. The crowds watching the main stage gameplay REALLY got into it, yelling and rooting for their favorite teams like...well, like an actual sporting event. There were even ESPN-style professional commentators on the big screens discussing and disecting the games! As a non-gamer, I never imagined that video games could be a spectator sport, but MLG proved me wrong.
P.S. - Can you believe the kind of prize money these professional gamers can win? I guess I shouldn't be surprised; people spend $65 BILLION DOLLARS a year on video games. Are you one of them? Click the TWEET button and let me know!