A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine, worried that her little brother played too many video games, asked if there was a way to make money while gaming. When I told her about e-sports, she returned quite the guffaw at the concept.
I suggested she tell her brother about it, and she refused, saying that she didn't want to lose him forever to the virtual world. Money aside, if I'd told her just how much fame he could amass as a pro gamer, maybe she would have had a different reaction.
To wit, at a worldwide gaming tournament in New York Saturday, Robert "ProdigyX" Paz set the official Guinness world record for "Highest Aggregate Score in all 84 Songs of Rock Band 2."
Paz--a 22 year-old pro gamer from the Bronx who already owns four other world gaming records and took second place in SciFi Channel's Ultimate Gamer show--played his ion drums for over six consecutive hours, earning more than 10.5 million points. The achievement will be chronicled in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamer's Edition.
In addition to Rock Band 2, gamers competed in several other popular games at the two-day event, including, Virtua Fighter 5, Starcraft: Brood War, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Gears of War 2, Hero: World Tour, FIFA? 09, and CounterStrike 1.6.
The WCG 2009 grand final will be held November 11th to 15th in Chengdu, China.