Esports: Inside the relentless training of professional gaming stars

Esports: Inside the relentless training of professional gaming stars

Professional, competitive video game playing—the phenomenon known as esports—has seen double digit growth for much of the past decade. With a massive following, many say it will soon become an official Olympic event. Throughout the U.S., high schools are launching competitive gaming clubs, and even some colleges are offering scholarships to top players.

It’s a dream come true for professional esports players—traveling the world and paid salaries to play video games full time for a living.

But as money continues to pour into the industry, the pressure on these young pros—many still in their teens—is leading to early burnout from high stress, repetitive stress injuries, and grueling practice schedules.

In this episode of CBSN Originals, we follow pro esports players Doublelift (League of Legends) and Space (Overwatch) as they compete for glory, get an inside look at what it takes to be pro, and explore the risks many are taking to stay at the top.

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  1. TenZG on January 7, 2023 at 2:34 am


  2. ansichart on January 7, 2023 at 2:34 am

    Disappointed that the Starcraft series was not mentioned.
    1) It’s the longest running esport game, starting in 1998.
    2) It’s ranked #1 in popularity for the RTS genre.
    3) It is often considered the most difficult (highest theoretical skill cap) eSport game in the world with its wide variety of skills required like APM, multitasking, reaction time, precision, game awareness.

  3. Gee Status on January 7, 2023 at 2:34 am

    Gaming🎮Is Time Consuming⏳
    Even Tho I’m Not Complaining😎

  4. Robertus Vito Wijayanto on January 7, 2023 at 2:34 am

    next content YouTube channel CBS News create video history of Esport in the past to future, please

  5. Zeus on January 7, 2023 at 2:36 am

    hi mom!

  6. CHECK MY CHANNEL BANNER FOR FREE IPHONE 14 on January 7, 2023 at 2:36 am

    Let’s take a moment to appreciate how much time and effort he puts into his content for us. Love the videos!

  7. Tech Girl on January 7, 2023 at 2:37 am

    I respect those who are in the Esports industry, it is not an easy job.

  8. Classic Rc Heli on January 7, 2023 at 2:39 am

    seems like it just becomes like any other job

  9. Suraj Mishra on January 7, 2023 at 2:40 am

    Just love watching this type of documentary’s ❤️

  10. H.P lovecraft N-4 on January 7, 2023 at 2:41 am

    i’m keep saying in your face baby boomer including millennium up people do not understand that technology including new things

  11. Ana Silva on January 7, 2023 at 2:41 am

    What’s the game called??

  12. Reeses on January 7, 2023 at 2:42 am

    This has to be a joke😭😹

  13. FNS flo. Wenner on January 7, 2023 at 2:42 am

    Literally this is the best insight into the esport industry than ever before., it provides a new perspective of a subject in dispute.

  14. Belar on January 7, 2023 at 2:43 am

    although i think parents should support they’re kid. 9/10 kids who wanna be a "pro/streamer" are god awful

  15. SOD on January 7, 2023 at 2:45 am

    12:37 guy was so uncomfortable, get the camera

  16. ehab ibrahim on January 7, 2023 at 2:47 am

    what a soulless sport !

  17. Pi on January 7, 2023 at 2:48 am

    The dad heard $$$$$$

  18. Paulo Losi on January 7, 2023 at 2:48 am


  19. Lucky on January 7, 2023 at 2:48 am

    bro said if he was "mentally and physically ready" for 6-7 hours when most gamers game for like 10+

  20. JDragon272 on January 7, 2023 at 2:49 am

    I originally did wish to play Competitively in Gaming — but I believe I’m Not Built for Competitive Play.

    I originally wanted to try it at “Pokémon”, but quit doing that, for every plan I had — it backfired against me drastically, I didn’t last long. — Now again, with “Splatoon 2”, I figured this game would be my Second Chance to shine… again… nope.

    I’m just gonna enter into an “Acceptance Phase”, and say: “I Tried”, and just let everyone do as they please in Competitive Gaming. Players can Lose their Ranks or Positions, while Top Dogs can stay Top Dogs — it’s their problem now and no longer my problem.

  21. yajyay on January 7, 2023 at 2:49 am

    those two supportive parents are something soo many others would die for

  22. Makra Benede on January 7, 2023 at 2:49 am

    Respect to parents who support their child’s passion and dreams, and the gamers who work so hard to achieve their dreams in e-Sports, amidst misconceptions, discriminations and prejudice. Also I hope esport will get more popular and that people understand how hard it is to be great at it because of the big competition.

  23. COD Gamer on January 7, 2023 at 2:50 am

    0:25 so this is where that started🤔

  24. Chess X on January 7, 2023 at 2:50 am

    It is now clear that at its core any upbringing boils down to goading one’s child to make money. What you do for that is irrelevant.

  25. Xiang Feng on January 7, 2023 at 2:53 am

    I came here because of the novel that I read about e-sport and now I deeply fallen in love with e-sport so I’m a new fan here hahaha😂

  26. Phong Thanh Luu der hurensohn on January 7, 2023 at 2:54 am

    E-sports is moneys

  27. TheRealGamestaParadisee on January 7, 2023 at 2:55 am

    Wish I had this type of support when I was young now I’m 25 arguing with my wife about me streaming and trying to follow my dreams it’s such a stressful thing

  28. Tzuyu HypeTrain on January 7, 2023 at 2:55 am

    Some sports are played with Physical, fitness and so on. And some sports are played using your brain, creativity.

  29. Max Erber on January 7, 2023 at 2:58 am

    Showing how competititve League is and generally talking about League mad this documentary so much fun to watch. Gonna play a game of LOL now 2 😛

  30. Last Orion on January 7, 2023 at 2:58 am

    Crazy, because back then I was a TOP 500 Overwatch player. Due to an injury on my elbow, I lost my natural ability of fluid movements. Before that I played for a lot prize money as a high schooler getting anywhere between $150-500 per tournament. Tallying up my earnings it ended up being 9,275 USD in less than 8 months. It may not seem like a lot compared to what players make now as professionals, but for a higher schooler who played over 75+ tournaments I can say it took a toll and it wasn’t even "pro." I wanted to hit pro and go higher when I graduated high school due to that injury it crippled me not only physically… more mentally. You could see yourself get worse, worse, and worse as time goes by. The burnout is super serious which is why I support Esports whenever I can. Later, this year my college will have a team as well so I’m hoping to see tryouts. Very good article! Please do more!

  31. Leon 778 on January 7, 2023 at 3:00 am

    It is really unbelievable how much money there is in such e-sports events. A game suddenly turns teenagers into millionaires. It’s really unbelievable to see how advanced e-sports are at the moment. The emotions and the fans are exactly the same in esports as in real sports, which surprised me a lot

  32. bilibilibi on January 7, 2023 at 3:00 am

    Esport gamer be like:

    I cant shoot coach i caaaant! I juat caant!

    Coach: thats ok son… let me tell i about a time i shot soembody


  33. Random stupid things 2070 on January 7, 2023 at 3:00 am

    Gamers do physical work and meditate and for eye blink more it help a lot

  34. Th1swayD3ath Gaming on January 7, 2023 at 3:01 am

    8 hrs lol..bro try 12 hrs and 5 each day on weekday.. pathetic

  35. Kristavo Drake on January 7, 2023 at 3:06 am

    My Hello’s 🎉

  36. Dolphin Leary on January 7, 2023 at 3:06 am

    it’s probably just the ADICADE CONTROLLER with the super nintendo buttons shrunk together forwarding text messages going thru to your tag team partner 👀😐🙄🤔🤞 totally not the retro arcade tron game is it??…cool video THANKS

  37. Said Mohammed on January 7, 2023 at 3:06 am

    E-sport will destroy our next generation both health and education. The impact of e sports is already visible in our parks and sports centres. There are fewer youths come to play outside as they addicted to these online games. For the sake of few pounds for the treasury they just ruin our kids future by allowing every fortnight launching new games. It’s a crime not to ban online games.

  38. Wiz Cobain on January 7, 2023 at 3:07 am

    1:48 Whatchu mean by that my boy?….

  39. nightcore onetrick on January 7, 2023 at 3:12 am


  40. Repair Studio on January 7, 2023 at 3:14 am

    13:09 the young Bill Gates. 😜🤣

  41. JadeFNM on January 7, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Tough grass omg.

  42. Sterets Jaaj on January 7, 2023 at 3:18 am


  43. Ram On Fire on January 7, 2023 at 3:20 am

    i swear, i wish my parents would appreciate the fact than iam obsessed with gaming back in the days. no one stood by my side while i playing a esport game and may notice some talent or smtn.

  44. Jarrell Abram on January 7, 2023 at 3:21 am

    “They think we’re just nerds” you are 😂😂 but so are they ! They just hide it !! Same cool guys making fun of you play cod and 2k 4-8 hours a day mics yelling game slang and all

  45. Nikhil Nayak on January 7, 2023 at 3:24 am

    @10:22 What did he say ??

  46. Matthew mussett on January 7, 2023 at 3:25 am

    Gaming is the best!

  47. Lyto Magbato on January 7, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Talking about ESports but no single clip or word about DOTA. Yeah

  48. Baja Blaster on January 7, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Lmao my parents always said nobody could make money off of games, let alone 6 figure salary’s

  49. Random stupid things 2070 on January 7, 2023 at 3:32 am

    Every it people spend more hours who talk about that

  50. SHADOW GAMING on January 7, 2023 at 3:32 am

    i play 18 to 20 hrs…everyday for almost 8/10 yrs..i guess i need to go back to past..i guess i m more than AI.😂

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