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10 Things You Didn't Know About Professional Gaming

A team competes during a Counter-Strike match on the first day of competitions at the CPL Winter Championship Finals.

A team competes during a Counter-Strike match on the first day of competitions at the CPL Winter Championship Finals.

Armed with headsets, a keyboard and mouse, five-man teams face off against one another in Counter-Strike matchs.

Armed with headsets, a keyboard and mouse, five-man teams face off against one another in Counter-Strike matchs.

Yes, there are female professional gamers.

Yes, there are female professional gamers.

Each day at the CPL event will feature dozens of Quake and Counter-Strike matches.

Each day at the CPL event will feature dozens of Quake and Counter-Strike matches.

A pro gamers gets ready to cut up the competition in Counter-Strike

A pro gamers gets ready to cut up the competition in Counter-Strike

It may look calm, but matches are usually punctuated with lots of intense gameplay, yelling and screaming as players frantically communicate with one another during combat.

It may look calm, but matches are usually punctuated with lots of intense gameplay, yelling and screaming as players frantically communicate with one another during combat.

There are a handful of female Counter-Strike teams such as this one at the CPL event.

There are a handful of female Counter-Strike teams such as this one at the CPL event.

In other areas of the CPL event, there are gamers playing against one another for fun in such games.

In other areas of the CPL event, there are gamers playing against one another for fun in such games.

The first day of Counter-Strike competition featured some truly head-spinning action and intense games.

You’ll find plenty of sponsorships at CPL events and other pro gaming tournaments. These PCs, for example, are sponsored by Howie’s Game Shack and Monster energy drinks.

You’ll find plenty of sponsorships at CPL events and other pro gaming tournaments. These PCs, for example, are sponsored by Howie’s Game Shack and Monster energy drinks.

Gamers at the CPL Winter Championship can play in pro competitions, amateur competitions or simply for fun.

Gamers at the CPL Winter Championship can play in pro competitions, amateur competitions or simply for fun.