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Pro gaming: An FAQ

Patrick Hruby takes us inside the world of professional video gamers -- including the long hours of "work," the groupies and, yes, the big paychecks.

Updated: October 8, 2007, 11:23 AM ET
By Patrick Hruby | Page 2

Play video games for a living? I think I can do this.

Great. Start practicing.

Practice? We're talking about practice?

Yep. Three to four hours a day, 30-40 hours a week. Double that in the two weeks leading up to a major tournament.

Hmmm. I'm worried about my thumbs.

You should be. Pro gamer Dan "OGRE1" Ryan sometimes applies super glue to his fingertips to create artificial calluses, the better to prevent blisters. One of his former teammates used to soak his hands ...

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