Step aside Olympians – the new sporting pursuit of choice may soon be professional gaming. Electronic sports (or esports) are now mainstream, drawing more than a million viewers in large tournaments and offering prizes up to US$5 million.
Unsurprisingly, pro-gamers practise for around 10 hours a day, but non-professionals can also spend hours in front of a screen, forsaking real life. Are they missing out? Can a virtual life be equally or more fulfilling than a real one? And should gamers power down and feel the grass beneath their feet?
Some research from the past weeks sheds interesting light on gaming’s effects on life, work and school – and it’s not all bad.
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A restaurant without returning customers won’t last long, and video games and their developers are no different.… Read the rest