Millions on the line at professional video game competition in Vancouver

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Millions on the line at professional video game competition in Vancouver
Millions on the line at professional video game competition in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — When thousands of fans pack Vancouver's Rogers Arena this weekend, it won't be a hockey player or a musical superstar they're screaming to see. Instead, the deafening crowd will cheer on professional video gamers as they battle for the more than US$25 million up for grabs in what's being described as the esports Super Bowl. This week marks the first time the International Dota 2 Championships are being held in Canada, and fans and organizers say the tournament's success shows esports has exploded from a niche hobby to a booming industry. About 15,000 tickets for Saturday's finals sold out almost immediately and at least 10 million others are expected to stream the action live online,

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