gaming has become more popular, some gamers have been playing
very frequently, devoting enough time to gaming as if it
was a job. In particular, online multiplayer games, such
as the Counter-Strike series, have generated quite a number
of energetic and devoted gamers. These gamers, who play
online against other humans, have banded up in clans, which
are groups of gamers that will meet up regularly and play
together as a team. Some of these larger clans may play
against each other at national and international levels.
There are even referees in some of these semi-professional
matches between clans.
Even more extreme are the gamers that actually treat gaming
as a job and make money by competing in professional leagues.
The professional leagues, such as the Cyberathlete Professional
League and the Professional Gamers League, hand out cash
prizes and even a Ferrari to winners of their tournaments.
Professional gamers that compete in these leagues may spend
up to 12 hours a day practicing to the point that they will
admit their fingers are numb from too much gaming.