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Is This Sport? Video Game 'Athletes' Train For Victory As E-Sports Booms

Video game competitions can attract millions of spectators online. A Swiss "cyber athlete" shares his story as the booming industry sets its sights on real-world credibility.

Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez at  ESL One Cologne 2014
Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez at ESL One Cologne 2014
Dejan Nikolic

GENEVA — They call themselves Flash, Moon, Admiral Bulldog or even Ferrari_430, and they can bring in annual earnings of more than $500,000. The young professionals of electronic sports (or e-Sports), who stay online for more than 10 hours a day, can be compared with famous athletes, as millions of people watch their exploits.

Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez is one of Switzerland's best e-Sports athletes. He ranks in the top 5 for the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), which calls for multi-player strategy and team coordination, and includes killing your adversary and adapting to changes of virtual background.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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