27 Feb '15, 9pm

How Video Gamers Are Reinventing Golf

Last October more than 40,000 people poured into Seoul's World Cup Stadium to watch teams of professionals compete in a battle-arena video game called League of Legends. Millions more tuned in online through the live-streaming website Twitch, which Amazon had purchased two months earlier for $970 million. It all marked a seminal moment in gaming—the moment it ascended from the fringe to the mainstream. South Korea was the first to fall, and soon, experts predict, will the United States. More than 1.2 billion people worldwide spend more than three billion hours a week playing video games. Colleges are establishing e-sports teams within their athletic departments, and last year, professional gamers competed for more than $34 million in prize money. Could it be that golf's future grassroots movement rests not on the fairway of the local muny, but within the confines of a virt...

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