E418: Battlefy brings the brackets for eSports

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“I’m a pro gamer.” That’s just what you say to justify all that time spent playing League of Legends, when your mom or partner asks, right? Not so says Battlefy’s Jason Xu. Think: South Korean stars with their posters plastered around Seoul. Sold out in-person tournaments at LA’s Staples Center, where the Lakers and Kings play. Tens of millions of worldwide television viewers. And this isn’t just for Korean audiences. Leagues are sprouting up around the U.S. as well. Enter Xu’s company Battlefy, a platform that helps players organize tournaments of many styles.

Don’t miss this dip into a world you may not know much about, with all the hallmarks of traditional sports: live announcers, sponsors, workout routines (!) and big prizes.

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