Do you match gems, launch birds, farm gold for virtual gear, or create words with your friends? You’re a gamer – one of the estimated 2.5 billion in the world! Streaming gaming content is now nearly as popular as binge watching your favorite series.
Enter the rise of competitive gaming (esports) where glory and cash prizes are at stake.
Players are recruited to teams, rise up the ranks, and develop their own global fandoms just like professional athletes. As the popularity of esports grows, people are taking gaming more seriously – and even considering how they can break through into the major leagues.
Every esports star has something in common: they started honing their talent at home -- working their way through online matches with friends and climbing to the top of the high score rankings to become superstars.
One team at the top of their game is the Call of Duty League’s Chicago Huntsmen, currently competing with teams from across Europe and North America in huge matches broadcast on YouTube that would look right at home on ESPN. The team – Seth "Scump" Abner; Matthew "FormaL" Piper; Preston "Prestinni" Sanderson; Dylan "Envoy" Hannon; and Alec "Arcitys" Sanderson – are currently nearing the end of their bid to become victors of the Call of Duty League 2020.
The Huntsmen have joined up with Zippo – who have launched their first gaming performance product, the Zippo HeatBank 9s Rechargeable Hand Warmer – to give aspiring esports superstars their top tips to reaching the upper echelons.