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Published on Jan 31, 2013

As games have increased in sophistication, they have become a stage for ever higher displays of human skill and brilliance. The result is a tier of the gaming world filled with startling disciplined, talented, and highly competitive players. Born out of arcade tournaments and LAN parties, the world of competitive gaming is now entering a mature phase, featuring major global events attended by thousands and watched by millions online. With valuable sponsorship and prize money of increasing value, competitive gaming is claiming a space similar to that of traditional sports. This new industry is still in its early stages, developing broadcasting models and negotiating the culture of its widening audience. But whether it's fighting games or MOBAs, the players and spectators are passionate, and individuals and leagues are working hard to elevate e-sports into the highest echelons of human achievement.

Featuring:
TL Taylor, MIT http://www.amazon.com/Raising-Stakes-...
AJ Mazur, IGN
Damien "Damdai" Dailidenas, winner of the 25th Anniversary Street Fighter II Tournament

Music:
Kats: https://soundcloud.com/kats/kats1989
MMIKE: http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/84909...
TheDarthMoogle: https://soundcloud.com/thedarthmoogle
RWY: https://soundcloud.com/rwyproductions
Floating Isle: http://www.jamendo.com/en/list/a98339...
Binarpilot: http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/1125...
Possimiste: https://soundcloud.com/possimiste

Tournament Footage:
Local Strike Games - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D765cX...
MajorLeagueGaming - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn8bTp...
Full Sail University - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjPZ5q...
Special Thanks: Red Bull
Game Zone Online - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UdKS...
World Cyber Games - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQVJZy...
Suddoth Media Hd - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5iRB3...
Special thanks to: Pro Halo 4 players Suddoth 1, and Suddoth 2 from team: Reality Check. http://www.twitter.com/suddoth1 and http://www.twitter.com/suddoth2. Check out consolegamingleague.com for upcoming tournaments for Call of Duty, Gears of War and Halo 4
fnatic TV - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GIC_C...
Subscribe to their channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/fnaticTV?...
GAMEeNigma - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gkiFR...
WggTvNetwork - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IWiWX...
Mad Catz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGpsO...
NamcoBandaiGames - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLeuNk...
xMrsViolencex - http://www.youtube.com/user/xMrsViole...

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Our short documentary on The Universal Arts of Graphic Design: http://youtu.be/sTi5SNgxE3U

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Tumblr: http://pbsarts.tumblr.com/

Produced by Kornhaber Brown: http://www.kornhaberbrown.com

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