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HV Gamer Con proves the growing popularity in gaming

March 31, 2019 03:18 PM

It's a big weekend for gamers in downtown Albany. The HV Gamer Con arrived at the Albany Capital Center, along with competition. 

400 gamers from 24 colleges are in the same boat this weekend. All of them competing for bragging rights in this inter-collegiate video game competition that tests their computer skills, quickness, agility, and their strategy-making capabilities in the context of teamwork. 

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It's kind of the same thing they've been doing most of their lives, since they were young kids, playing on their family room television sets.

Kiernan Ensor, the Gamer Con director thinks the fans are here for many of the same reasons as the players themselves. 

"Anything that's inherently competitive, we want to know who the best is. First, we try to be the best, then we sort of fail off, we want to see them in person, we want to witness it, we want to be a part of it."

For those who would underestimate the popularity or the earning potential of E-sport athletes, they'd be making a big mistake. It's not unheard of for the top E-sport professionals to rake in millions of dollars in salary. So clearly, this is no game.

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Dan Levy

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