B.C. esports event spokesman says fans have ‘hunger’ to connect

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When thousands of fans pack Vancouver’s Rogers Arena this week, 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.