Professional video gaming has emerged as a booming industry since the early 2000s. According to E-Sports statistics, professional video gamers have won over 125 million dollars in tournament prize money since 1998 and over 12 million dollars this year alone. Others have found high-paying careers in video game livestreaming and organizing tournaments.
Connor Hall is a former professional video gamer from St. Louis. He said that even as a kid he dreamt of playing video games as a profession. His dream came true in high school, and Hall said he enjoyed every minute of it.