Professional Gaming has come a long way since its beginnings in 1980, when more than 10,000 gaming fanatics gathered to compete in theSpace InvadersTournament.
Today, the number of competitors and spectators runs into the tens of millions worldwide. With the stakes much higher, professional gamers can now make a living through consistent competition with cash prizes sometimes reaching as high as one million dollars. One consistent fact that has remained amidst the growth of the industry is this: The profession is dominated by male players. Affluent” young men seem to be the primary targets of competitions and marketing, which often alienates women looking to make this a career.