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The Rise Of Esports: From Internet Cafes To College Campuses And Beyond

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From its humble, South Korean origins in the early 2000s to its current place as an international, cultural phenomenon, esports is certainly on the rise. Huge venues including Madison Square Garden, the Staples Center and others are routinely selling out to diehard fans of these competitive video gaming tournaments

But as this once niche form of entertainment rises to become a mainstream spectator sport, challenges including match-fixing, player harassment, and the trappings of commercialization arise as well. Today we speak to experts and players about the opportunities and obstacles for esports in the 21st century.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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