Professional Video Gaming May Have an Underage Gambling Problem

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.

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