Pro gamers are being held back by Australia’s dismal Internet

In early August, an American team of professional gamers made headlines when theywon themselves a US$6.6 million prizeplaying the online video gameDota 2. The money inesportsis increasingly eye watering, but that doesn’t mean the bounty is being shared globally.

In Australia, the esport scene is younger than in the U.S. and Asia, but slow Internet speeds are not doing it any favours. Not only is the country’s digital infrastructure not up to the task of allowing the pros to game uninterrupted, its slow upload speeds are stymying the ability of some players to make a living off their skills on live streaming platform, Twitch.

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