LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Some of the best gamers of the world faced off against Las Vegas gamers during the Triple Crown Royale on Saturday at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor hotel-casino.
Nick Overton, also known as "Marksman," is one of the professional gamers who took part in Saturday's special event.
This many be a bit shocking, but gaming can be very lucrative.
"The biggest guys out there, they will make six figures very, very easily, and then they're going to go on to the seven figure range either in tournament earnings or on their YouTube," said Overton.
Mitesh Patel is with the tech retailer Newegg. They partnered with Hyper-X to run the Triple Crown Royale competition to both grow the industry and allow Vegas gamers to get in on top-tier competition.
"Really, it's about access for the amateur players. Not only the equipment, the products, but the experience of playing on a stage like the ones the professionals play on," said Patel.
Patel says that e-sports is special and accessible. If you can grab a controller, you can compete and maybe win. He believes that it may become bigger than major league sports one day.
Overton says gamers shouldn't expect to make millions immediately and should have a backup plan. Overton went to college and that's his safety net.