1 million That's how much was spent on video-game hardware in January, up 17 percent from a year earlier. (Microsoft's new Xbox One outsold Sony in December.) The industry is monitoring demand for the new consoles to see whether they boost sales or if gamers have shifted permanently to smartphones and tablets. console market, said its Play Station 4 sold twice the number of its nearest rival.
The event featured dozens of cameras, about what the NBA uses for a typical playoff game.
Video game analyst Billy Pidgeon of IDC said the multidisciplinary teams are a twist on pro gaming, but he doubts that the league will build enough viewership to sustain itself.
Local game enthusiasts got a glimpse last year of what the CGS will look like.
In preparation for the league, organizers mounted an invitational tournament in a plane hangar on Treasure Island in July, featuring 60 top gamers.
The event, televised on Direc TV, featured elaborate glowing sets, announcers and advanced spectator technology, allowing viewers to watch the action from within the game.
Viewers will also have the option of tuning in on the Internet, via the video game Web site IGN.com, which will stream video of the matches.What makes this unique is that this will be the first time a US pro gaming match will be covered much like a NFL game or NASCAR race.The companies are betting that the video gaming can follow the lead of professional poker and make a splash on television.It all starts this Friday, which wil be the first of three test tournaments before they get going next year..(CHRISTINA KOCI HERNANDEZ/THE CHRONICLE) *James Clifford (cq) and Manny Rodriguez (cq) Mandatory Credit For Photographer and San Francisco Chronicle/No-Sales-Mags Out less(Forefront) James Clifford (cq)22, from New Jersey and (background) Manny Rodriguez (cq)),21, from Texas, perform trial runs in the players lounge.Direc TV and IGN, a gaming website, are teaming up and putting ...The payroll for the league will exceed million, with players earning at least ,000 for the season.