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  1. Competitive Video Gaming By: Tyler Busby

  2. Overview • Landmark competitive games • Competitive video game culture • Lives of professional gamers

  3. Competitive Gaming Genres First Person Shooter • Doom • Doom II • Quake • Halo • Call of Duty Real-Time Strategy • StarCraft • Warcraft III • StarCraft II Fighting • Street Fighter • King of Fighters • Mortal Kombat • Tekken • Marvel vs. Capcom Online Multiplayer Battle Arena • Defense of the Ancients (DotA) • Heroes of Newerth • League of Legends

  4. Doom • Pioneered “Deathmatching” • Innovative technology for its time • First game to achieve widespread multiplayer success • Major precursor to all modern games, especially competitive FPS games

  5. Street Fighter II • Started the fighter game boom of the 90’s • Improved upon older fighter’s game mechanics • Had a huge following in Hong Kong

  6. StarCraft • Most critically acclaimed RTS • Gameplay is extremely balanced and has been extensively praised • Largest competitive gaming scene • Extremely popular in South Korea

  7. Professional StarCraft Competition • StarCraft became extremely popular in South Korea in around 2002 • Professional players were organized into teams • South Korea has two television channels devoted to 24/7 StarCraft match broadcasts

  8. SlayerS_’BoxeR’ • The most successful professional (StarCraft) gamer with 547 career wins • Annually he earns more than $490,000 and is heavily endorsed • His fan club of over a million members endearingly refers to him as “The Emperor” • In 2010 he retired from the professional Korean StarCraft leagues to start his own team for StarCraft II in America

  9. American Competition • Evolution Championship Series is a fighting game championship held in Las Vegas annually • Evo 2011 had 2,400 participants and thousands of spectators, as well as 2 million unique online stream viewers

  10. American Competition Cont. • Major League gaming holds professional gaming tournaments for many different games • The Anaheim Pro Circuit drew 20,000 fans and over 35 million streams online • Viewership is steadily increasing