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You know the Celtics – now meet the CLTX , who represent Boston in the NBA 2K video game league.

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WEBVTT ANTHONY: IS GAMES HAD A COLOR IN BOSTON, IT WOULD BE CELTIC GREEN. THE C’S ARE EXCITING AND THE SEXY PIC TO WIN THE EAST THIS YEAR. WHEN IT COMES TO CELTIC PRIDE ON THE DIGITAL SCENE, THERE ARE NEW GUYS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. >> CLTX GAMING IS THE 2K FRANCHISE OPERATED BY THE BOSTON CELTICS. ANTHONY: NBA IS A POPULAR BASKETBALL VIDEOGAME. LAST YEAR THEY JOINED FORCES WITH THE NBA TO LAUNCH A PROFESSIONAL YOU SPORTS LEAGUE — PROFESSIONAL E-SPORTS LEAGUE. 17 TEAMS DRAFTED PLAYERS IN THE BEST 102 NBA 2K PLAYERS IN THE WORLD. THOSE TEAMS PLAY EACH OTHER IN VIDEO GAMES IN FRONT OF A WILD AND — IN FRONT OF A LIVE AUDIENCE EACH WEEK DURING THE SEASON. THIS IS OUR TEAM. GOT IT? ALL THE COOL MUSIC — ROLE THE COOL MUSIC. >> WE ARE OPERATING FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A STARTUP. ANTHONY: CELTICS OPERATIONS MANAGER MICHAEL JUAN. >> AS PEOPLE FOUND THEIR IDENTITIES WITHIN THE LEAGUE, IT STARTED TO FEEL A LOT MORE LIKE AN NBA GAME. ANTHONY: IT IS THE PLAYERS AND THEIR PERSONALITIES BACKLIT WITH FANS. >> HE IS VERY POLITE AND WELL SPOKEN. THE LIGHTS WENT ON AND HE GOT A BREAKAWAY DUNK AND IMMEDIATELY SLAMS HIS FIST ON THE CHAIR. YOU CAN’T GUARD ME! ANTHONY: BOTH HIM AND ANOTHER FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK OUR BACK TO ANCHOR THE CLTX IN THE EXPANDED LEAGUE THIS YEAR. THEY HAVE THEIR EYES ON THE PRIZE. >> WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP AND CREATING A BROTHERHOOD. >> SOMEDAY THERE ARE GOING TO BE KIDS GETTING READY FOR THE TAKEI LEAGUE DRAFT. THEY ARE GOING TO LOOK BACK AND SAY WE ARE THE GUYS WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE. ANTHONY: THE CELTICS ARE NOT THE ONLY PROSIT — THE ONLY PROSIT INVESTING IN YOU SPORTS. THIS IS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE EU SPORTS OVERWATCH LEAGUE. >> LIVE SPORTS VIEWERSHIP HAS BEEN DECLINING. THIS IS THE NEXT WAVE OF POTENTIAL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FANS. ANTHONY: KEVIN MITCHELL HAS WATCHED E-SPORTS EVOLVE AND SEES IT HAS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY. >> E-SPORTS IS LAS VEGAS WHEN IT WAS A DESERT. ANTHONY: HE IS BUILDING THE CASINOS. DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR NATIONAL AMUSEMENTS THEATERS, HE SAYS THESE MAY BE YOUR FUTURE E-SPORTS ARENAS AND THESE GAMERS, THE FUTURE E-SPORTS CEO’S. MITCHELL IS INVOLVED THERE, TOO, AS AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR FOR EAST TOWARDS — FOR E-SPORTS AT EMERSON COLLEGE. >> ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FINDING PEOPLE TO WORK IN THESE INDUSTRIES. USE — EMERSON COLLEGE IS THE FIRST INSTITUTIONS IN THE U.S. TO COMMIT TO AN ACADEMIC PROGRAM. ANTHONY: JUST AS SPORTS TEAMS AND COLLEGES ARE CHANGING THE DEFINITION OF WHAT QUALIFIES AS A SPORT. >> 85 COLLEGES IN THE U.S. ARE PROVIDING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR E-SPORTS. ANTHONY: PETER LANG GETS AN UP CLOSE VIEW OF THE E-SPORTS WORLD AT HIS BOSTON CAFÉ. >> THE NEGATIVE STEREOTYPE OF GAMERS IS THE PERSON SITTING IN A DARK ROOM PLAYING BY THEMSELVES. THIS GIVES PEOPLE A CHANCE TO PLAY TOGETHER. I HAVE GOT THE COUCHES, ALL THE OLD SCHOOL GAMES. THERE IS A COMMUNAL FEEL. ANTHONY: ADD TO THAT A GREAT LOCATION, STEPS FROM BU, STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT, AND DELICIOUS SANDWICHES. WHY NOT TAKE THE GAMING OUT OF THE DORM AND MEET A FRIEND? >> I HAVE NEVER COME HERE BY MYSELF. ANTHONY: BALANCE PATCH POSTS E-SPORTS TOURNAMENTS MULTIPLE TIMES A WEEK. TONIGHT, THE ANNOUNCER GIVING THEM THE ESPN WORTHY ANALYSIS TO THE GAME SUPER SMASH MELEE. THOUGH HE IS A REGULAR ANNOUNCER, TONIGHT IS JUST THE WARM-UP FOR BOSTON’S BIGGEST E-SPORTS EVENT, WHERE PROFESSIONAL GAMERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND BEYOND COME TO SHINE. >> I RUN BIG BLUE E-SPORTS. WELCOME DESIGN 2018. ANTHONY: IN ITS THIRD YEAR, SHINE IS MORE THAN A TOURNAMENT, IT IS A SPECTACLE. DON’T LET THE SEA OF RETRO MONITORS FOOL YOU — IT IS STATE-OF-THE-ART. WE GET A PEEK BACKSTAGE, WHERE FEATURED MATCHES ARE ANALYZED AND SENT OUT TO THE WORLD. >> OUR BROADCASTS HAVE DONE VERY WELL ON TWITCH.TV. WE ARE EXPECTING ANOTHER HALF A MILLION UNIQUE VIEWERS. ANTHONY: THOUGH ALL THIS MAY LOOK IMPRESSIVE, HE SAYS BOSTON IS STILL A BIT BEHIND IN THE E-SPORTS SEEN. >> THERE ARE EVENTS ALL OVER THE WORLD A SELLOUT O

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