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European telecom firms pin hopes on ‘Esports’ video game gladiators

MADRID: Marcos Ochoa has just landed the dream job for many young Europeans: he is being paid to play video games. The 27-year-old Spaniard, whose internet nickname is "Aeroz", is a rising star of the Esports, or video games competitions that are played online or even in sports arenas. With championships watched by crowds of fans similar to traditional events like the NBA basketball finals or soccer World Cup, telecom firms see Esports as a way to lure younger clients and brand themselves as digital companies rather than…