If Cannon's team wins the Call of Duty tournament, each player will pocket about $12,500 in prize money. With such a great opportunity to expand his bank account and, perhaps more importantly, make a case for himself as one of the world's top gamers, Cannon says he has had Providence marked on his calendar for a long time.
But not everyone can be a professional gamer, of course. The MLG hosts more than 750,000 amateur matches each month and hundreds of thousands of gaming enthusiasts have followed the live stream to watch the pros compete. Joshua Jachimczyk, a 19-year-old Johnson & Wales student who lives in Providence, is among them.
The national championship will be Jachimczyk's first live tournament experience and he expects to attend as many events as he can. He knows becoming a pro is a long shot, but if the league continues to grow, maybe he can pick up a gig promoting gaming when he graduates.
"I can't wait," he says. "I really think the sky is the limit for the MLG."
Jachimczyk plans to volunteer for the MLG in exchange for free admission. And it's not just the gaming he'll take in.
"Free Dr Pepper and Doritos for every tournament," he says.
Every gamer's dream.
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