At the World Series of Video Games, PC and Xbox games are treated with the same respect as soccer or basketball.
Enthusiasts set up a session of "CounterStrike" with 1,160 simultaneous players hosted on a single server.
Upsets reigned at the Australian finals of the World Cyber Games (WCG) held on the Gold Coast this weekend, with two major favourites pipped in Counter Strike 1.6 and Warcraft 3.
Swedish team NIP took the top prize of $50,000 over the weekend at the world championships of the Cyberathlete Professional League, the leading promoter in the nascent field of professional gaming. NIP beat U.S. team Xtreme3 in the shooting game "Half Life: Counter Strike," according to the league. Other major winners at the Dallas event included league champion Jonathan "Fatality" Wendel, who received a new Ford Focus for placing first in "Aliens vs. Predator 2."