Here are the four kinds of video games where players go pro

I was a junior in high school when Barack Obama was elected president. But there are plenty of things that make me feel old: if we’re being real here, eSports was on that list for a long time.

I had tons of questions. Are “pro gamers” even a thing? Why would anyone get paid to play video games? Wouldn’t watching a match be like being the fifth kid on a four-controller couch?

But, like it or not, the future is coming. Here’s what you need to know to be a part of it.

Multiplayer online battle arenas are the team sports of pro gaming

Real-time strategy games that require insane speed and mental effort

First-person shooters are always on the edge of breaking through

Microsoft
A screenshot from 'Halo 5: Guardians.'

Fighting games have a large, loyal following

Capcom
A still from 'Street Fighter IV.'

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