The esports industry in 2017

 A sold-out crowd packed into Seattle's KeyArena in August to watch the world's best compete at an elite level. The scene inside the arena was exactly what you'd expect at a premier, traditional American sporting event. Jersey-clad patrons screamed with anticipation, florescent spotlights shot around the arena, a hype man revved up the crowd with hyperbolic excitement. But the crowd's eyes were fixated on giant LED screens rather than the stadium floor, and the competitors they paid to see never left their seats—their eyes, too, focused on a screen.

By Daniel Rapaport

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