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Rise of the Professional Gamer

Who would have thought that playing video games could earn you a share of $1Million over a weekend?

Thats exactly what a lucky group of gamers did as part of the Major League Gaming (MLG) 2015 Call of Duty Championship. 32 teams went head-to-head over three days playing Advanced Warfare in downtown Los Angeles. The winning team taking home a massive $400,000.

But its not just the big dollars available, the MLG site lists tournaments anyone join with prize money ranging from a few dollars to over $100,000.

And thats not the only game in town. Amazon recently paid $1Billion for Twitch, a site dedicated to live-streaming people playing games – with players earning a share of revenue generated.

There is also UMGGaming: billed as an online eSports website, specialising in LAN-based tournaments, currently looking to branch out into online tournaments.

So maybe your kids (and you) aren’t wasting time playing games at every waking moment; maybe you are just in training to be the next COD millionaire.

(header image source: Ross @ CODChamps)
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