Game Boys: Triumph, Heartbreak, and the Quest for Cash in the Battleground of Competitive Videogaming

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A year inside the fierce rivalries and big business of competitive videogaming.

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A technology-fueled spin on a classic sports tale, Game Boys profiles “cyber-athletes” who compete for dominance in the professional gaming circuit, a world populated with rivalries, big egos, corporate sponsorships, and large cash prizes. Michael Kane’s pioneering account of the lifestyle and business of gaming takes readers to the heart of “e-sports,” what many consider the successor in sports entertainment to the X-games and competitive poker. Following the top teams—3D and CompLexity, a rivalry as bitter as the Yankees versus the Red Sox—Kane profiles the star players as they cheat, strategize, sign with rival teams, and get berated by sideline-pacing coaches. Are gamers really the athletes of tomorrow? They act like they are. A lively tour of the quirks and dramas of a subculture on the cusp of big things, Game Boys is a tale of sports glory and a glimpse into the lucrative business of gaming.

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Author Michael Kane
Publisher Plume Books
Page Count 320pp
Publication Size 5.25 x 8.25
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date June 30, 2009
ISBN 978-0452295445

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