A world-wide-wave of video game popularity is sweeping Atlanta. It is an eGame tournament, an upstart sport growing faster than you can log on!

Todd Harris and his partner created two of the top 20 video games: Smite and Paladins.

Their new venture takes those games, puts teams face-to-face competing against each other, and bundles it all to audiences from an Alpharetta studio called Skillshot.

E-sport fans love face-to-face competitions, viewed by international webcasts. In the control room, directors choose camera angles and brackets for the team winners. The playing rooms smell of tension. When teams of five, plus a coach, warm up, the talk sounds a little like English. But when the competition begins, a new language emerges.

Skillshot is growing with help from Backed by ATL, a program the Chamber of Commerce began to nurture home-based companies. Backed by ATL is finding sponsors, and Skillshot is offering a rare audience -- hard to reach consumers with a passion for a new sport.

"Takes a lot of money to put these together," says Harris. "One of our needs is sponsorship, just like the NFL and NBA."

The Skillshot want-ads offer crazy job titles and salaries averaging &75,000 a year.

For making games? You bet.

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