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The world of eSports — or professional, competitive video gaming — has taken off, and Houston is home to two top teams.

Clutch Gaming Player
A player from Clutch Gaming, one of Houston’s professional, competitive video game teams.

Since 1998 and the release of Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed, real-time strategy video game StarCraft, the world of eSports — or professional, competitive video gaming — has grown immensely.

Like any other sport, eSports involves skilled gamers competing with each other for major accolades and prizes — often in packed auditoriums or arenas. This is full-time, professional work for these gamers, and, for newer games like Overwatch or League of Legends, the competitors consist of teams playing against each other.

And now, Houston is home to several teams of its own. One such League of Legends team started in November of 2017 called Clutch Gaming, which is owned by the Houston Rockets.

Having recently reached 4th place in the spring competition of the North America League of Legends Championship Series, they are now in the midst of their summer season with a 1-1 record, coming out victorious against competitors Cloud9 in their first match and losing to the team Echo Fox in their second.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks with Sebastian Park, vice president of eSports for the Houston Rockets, about the team and its first year as a franchise.

Clutch Gaming Team
Members of Clutch Gaming, one of Houston’s professional, competitive video game teams.

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