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Esports: Competitive gaming is here to stay, major esports organiser says

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Real sports franchises are also funding their own esports teams

For ex: the NBA just had its own esport draft in NY at Madison Square Garden - the same place where the regular draft happens, complete with the NBA commissioner shaking the draftees' hand on the stage

http://www.nba.com/article/2018/04/09/morning-tip-nba-2k-league-draft-serious-business-players-owners-fans

Dimez, aka DatBoyDimez, aka Artreyo Boyd, was ready for his moment in the sun last week, coming to New York City and Madison Square Garden for a handshake with [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver and all the trimmings a franchise-level player gets when he’s the first overall pick.

Dimez was taken first overall by Mavs Gaming, the Mark Cuban-owned entry in the NBA’s 2K League, a group of 17 franchises affiliated with actual NBA teams

But the 2K League is real -- to the NBA, to the owners, to the players and to those who watch those players religiously on YouTube, Twitch and other venues.

“From the NBA's standpoint, this is our fourth league,” Silver said last week at the pre-Draft news conference. “Of course we have the NBA, the WNBA and the [NBA] G League, and now this is the fourth league in our family, and that's exactly as we're treating it: one more professional league.

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Some of the wannabe eSports people are a bit too tense and often rant too much at other players. Within Asia, it brings to life the underlying Racism that exists between the Countries here, with Japanese players often on the receiving end of Animal comparisons.

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