Giant stadiums, teenage millionaires, super-fans and addiction: welcome to the world of eSports.
Today, there are more people in the world who play the online multiplayer battle game League of Legends than there are people who live in France. We wanted to see how humanity got to this point, so VICE host Matt Shea flew to South Korea, a country where competitive gaming – also known as eSports – can either make you rich and famous or land you in rehab.
In Part One, we touch down in Seoul, where the city's gaming cafés, stadiums and arenas are buzzing with anticipation for the biggest eSports match ever held in Korea. At the League of Legends world semi-finals, Matt falls in love with famous cosplay team the Spiral Cats, but he's crestfallen when they ditch him for an American eSports superstar.
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