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An inside look at the rivalries, big money, and dirty business of competitive videogaming
Yankees vs. Red Sox. Lakers vs. Celtics. And now . . . Team 3D vs. CompLexity. That would be Americaas next celebrated rivalry if the men in Game Boys had their way. 3D and CompLexity are two of the top professional ae-sportsa teams in the U.S. Their battle for dominance, as juicy as any feud in areala sports, leads the action in Michael Kaneas engaging and lively chronicle of the lifestyle and business of gaming.
Weave come a long way since Pac-Man. Todayas games are more elaborate, popular, and addictive than ever. For the elite players, gaming is a full-fledged career that pays big money in prizes and corporate sponsorships. Gamers win, lose, strategize, fight, sign with rival teams, get berated by sideline-pacing coaches. Some use performance-enhancing drugs. And now theyare going on TV. Are they really the aathletesa of tomorrow? They act like they are.
Game Boys is a pioneering narrative of the rivalries, quirks, and dramas of a subculture on the cusp of big things. At its most personal, itas a classic sports tale of victory and defeat, punched up for the millennial generation. Itas also an engrossing business-meets-popculture narrative that reveals the entrepreneurial ingenuity involved in bringing gaming onto broadcast TV, in the vein of the X-Games or televised poker. Game Boys is an engrossing read for technophiles, gamers, parents, and anyone interested in the business of sports and trends in pop culture.
"Game Boys" offers an inside look at the rivalries, big money, and dirty business of competitive videogaming.
A year inside the fierce rivalries and big business of competitive videogaming
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.
About the Author
Michael Kane is an entertainment features writer for the New York Post and a former sports writer and editor at the Denver Post. His writing has also appeared in ESPN Magazine and Sport magazine.