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How AI Is Driving the Esports Boom

Esports Gaming Lab at St. Louis University

Credit: St. Louis University

Video games are not just for fun anymore, thanks to esports (electronic sports), also known as live-streamed professional gaming.

In a typical esports competition, teams of expert game players face off against each other in a range of popular titles, like League of Legends and Dota 2. Their every move is watched, scrutinized, and analyzed by millions of viewers digitally logging into live streams, attending live events, or watching match recaps. The top players in the world, often known better by their on-screen handles than their real names, get paid a fortune in prize money. Esports teams play live events in the actual arenas used for traditional sports and rock concerts, like the Arena in Los Angeles.


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