Video game athletes battling it out in California

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm •  Published: June 21, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The nation's video game athletes have gathered in Southern California to battle aliens and bad guys for cash and glory.

More than 1,000 eSports players are taking part in the Major League Gaming Championships in Anaheim, which began Friday and run through Sunday, the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1nUF0qa ) reported.

The contestants don special headphones and face off in soundproof booths in games such as "StarCraft II," ''Call of Duty: Ghosts" and "Super Smash Bros. Melee." Their battle chatter is broadcast live and announcers provide the play-by-play.

They're playing for $150,000 in prize money. Some have practiced up to 12 hours a day.

Matthew Fink, 25, of Minneapolis was competing in the "StarCraft II" open bracket. Born without a spleen, he lost his legs and forearms to infection at an early age.

Because of the amputations, he is slower than some when using the computer mouse and keyboard but said the game's emphasis on strategy helps even the playing field.

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