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Online gaming spikes during coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 10:55 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 01:55:08-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Gaming and esports have increased their popularity during the current times we stay at home during the current coronavirus pandemic.

The influx of non-professional players has created a couple of changes for professional gamers.

Travis Cochran is an esports team manager and spends hours playing. He recently experienced first-hand the bigger online crowds.

"We have seen the number has skyrocket is platforms like Steam. Also, other platforms like Battle.net has had their servers over flooded. For those who work in the esports industry, it has been quite frustrating to see it overflooded to play and test out the game," Cochran said.

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Even having a good internet service and gaming set up, he said he experienced delays.

However, Cochran understands why people are turning towards online gaming and even encourages it because it is an excellent way to socialize with others.

And while he is still competing in online tournaments, Cochran even has advice for those looking to create extra money.

"If you're a streamer, this is the time to capitalize on your career taking off," he said.

Also, having the right equipment is essential to have a good gaming experience, so it is important to have a good internet connection and enough screens and consoles.