The stadium seating is full, the 500-strong audience lit fire red and ice blue. Gamescom, held annually in Cologne, Germany, is Europe’s largest video game fair. This game ofCounter-Strike: Global Offensive, a popular first-person shooter, is its big draw.
A sound system broadcastingplay-by-play commentary is almost drowned out bythe noise of on-screen gunshots and grenade blasts. A successful playbrings gasps and whoops. Nails are bitten, the action watched through fingers.