The house that Liquid built

It’s 12:30 p.m. in Los Angeles on a weekday in April.

Looking at the outside of a nondescript condo development, you’d never guess what’s happening within.

A team of professional gamers have just started a "scrim" against another team. Sitting in leather chairs with "Team Liquid" embroidered on them, some of the gamers are still wearing pajamas, others are in shorts and flip-flops. The clack of fervently worked keyboards ricochets through the air.

These young men are among the best in the world at playing one of the most competitive, and lucrative, online games—League of Legends. Like players of physical sports, each person here has his own position to play, and each arranges himself next to the person he works with the most.

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