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A video gaming leauge? Why not?
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 21:31
New video-game league seeks mass appeal
By Daniel Terdiman
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: June 13, 2007, 6:45 AM PDT
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--To Kat Hunter, it was a no-brainer to make Vanessa Arteaga the very first draft pick for a new pro video-game league.

"Vanessa is a guaranteed win," said Hunter, general manager of San Francisco's team in the new Championship Gaming Series league. Hunter made the first selection in the inaugural player draft, which took place Tuesday night at the Playboy Mansion here.

Six teams comprise the Championship Gaming Series (CGS), which will kick off later this year: the San Francisco OPTX, the Los Angeles Complexity, the Chicago Chimera, the Dallas Venom, the Carolina Core, and 3DNY from New York.

Each team has a general manager and 10 players. Five will play Counter-Strike: Source; two--one male and one female--will play Dead or Alive 4; two on Project Gotham Racing 3; and one on FIFA '07.

The league is backed by satellite television company DirecTV, as well as the U.K.'s BSkyB and Asia's Star networks. According to DirecTV's vice president and general manager, Steven Roberts, the three partners are investing "tens of millions of dollars" over four years in the league.

"We started (the league) about a year ago with the idea of creating what is the next sport," Roberts said after the draft Tuesday night... More

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