Popularity of video game tournaments What is the reason for the sudden surge in media coverage? By Fernando Davila

Video games have always been the target of angry parents and media alike for being the cause of many problems with today's generation such as violence, aggressive behavior and other acts that aren't tolerated in today's society.

However, in the past decade or so, the video game industry has seen some dramatic changes in terms of how its treated by the mainstream media and the ever-growing tournaments and expos dedicated to it. One game in particular, "Counter Strike: Global Offensive" (CS:GO for short) seems to one of the more popular choices for these tournaments.

Ryan Dunkel, who attends Sheridan College at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, has been involved with CS:GO tournaments in the past and is still maintains a presence in the well known "sport". "I've been playing CS:GO for a while now, all the way since high school I think, usually I would play it after school when I had little homework and talk to my teammates."

An example of the sheer amount of people attending the ESL One Cologne 2015 CS:GO Tournament, thousands of people gather to watch a select few play on giant screens.

He also went on to mention, "Last year before I started my semester at Brock I got an offer from some guys in Saudi Arabia, they were having a tournament there for CS:GO where the prize money would be $200,000." But with his studies approaching and his parents having already paid for his courses, Dunkel had no choice but to decline the offer.

"Yeah it sucks that i had to turn it down," Ryan said, "they even said my hotel would be paid for, but I had my studies to think about, I couldn't just go halfway around the world and ignore my education."

The game itself has risen to new heights over the past few years, with many countries such as Russia feverishly hooked on it and making their mark on the online world, it appears the game itself has a vast audience in most of Europe, captivating countries such as France, Poland.

That's not to say it's not popular in North America; as millions of young men and women participate in the online matches on a daily basis to either play with their friends or even just simply watch as a spectator.

In this picture is Ryan Dunkel sitting with me for the interview regarding the status of CS:GO

Another piece of information that Dunkel shared was his hope for the more video game styled tournaments to endure well into the future and branch out into different game franchises. "I love that Counter Strike is getting a lot of recognition in Russia and other countries, but I really hope that other game franchises can take off well like Street Fighter," he claims that if video game tournaments are to remain then they have to accept other genres as well in order to have a sense of variety, but mentioned that games that actually have that competitive flair are only needed.

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