Quite the feature for esports, on the League finals that culminated a journey from Taiwan to Singapore to Korea, where it started in Busan and ended in Seoul.
Perhaps LoL and Dota will pave the way like football, rugby and soccer has, or basketball for the virtual world.
“Couples going to game clubs is about as common as couples going to the movies.”
But in South Korea, more than anywhere else, it has already oozed into mainstream culture. Couples going to game clubs is about as common as couples going to the movies.
“Fourteen years ago, you had a government that gave a thumbs-up to e-sports — it was professionally organized, and it was on television, so it became a mainstream thing,” said Jonathan Beales, an e-sports commentator. “The way soccer is around the world.”
After gunning down a friend with an assault rifle in the game Sudden Attack, Kang Mi-kyung, 15, said she was at the PC bang about five times a week.
“I love this game, though I think it’s too violent,” she said, adding that she comes mostly to see friends, including some male friends she does not see at her new high school.
Most recently he helped convince Chung-Ang University, a top Korean college, to admit two students based on their successes in e-sports.