The Virtual Games: W5
Catalogue Number: CTV787
Subject: Consumer Studies, Current Events, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Social Media
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2019
Running Time: 20
It’s a league made up of 20 teams from as far away as New York, Paris and Shanghai. They compete head to head, 6-on-6, in a game where the objective is to move a payload object from one place on a map to another, while trying to stay alive and beat the other team. It may look and sound like a professional athletic league - but this is an eSports competition. While only 450 watch the games live, tens of millions are streaming it live around the world. It’s a growing part of a multi-billion dollar eSports competitive universe. One of the rising stars on the stage is Lucas Meissner from Barrie, Ontario. He’s better known to his fans as "NotE."
Meissner now trains in a massive L.A. mansion with his other Uprising teammates. They spend at least 4 to 10 hours a day running set plays, drills and tactics. When they aren’t training, they are taken care of by the team. They have a personal chef who cooks all their meals, and they have access to a masseuse and even a sports psychologist. On top of it all, Overwatch players earn a minimum salary of US$50,000 a year, and any prize money won in competitions.
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