Cinema Becomes War Zone for 'Call of Duty' ESports Fans

On a bright Sunday afternoon in central London, in a low-lit converted wing of a shopping-mall cinema, hundreds of fans cheer as two teams of 20-somethings riddle each other with bullets during a big-screen game for a $25,000 reward. The game is "Call of Duty", a hugely popular first-person shooter that demands hair-trigger "twitch" reflexes, teamwork and hours of daily training to beat the best in the fast-growing world of competitive gaming tournaments. So-called "eSports" are set to generate almost $500 million a year in revenues globally by 2017, according to research firm Newzoo.



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