Video gamers compete as X Games athletes for second year in a row

Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo, 23, is one of the more stationary athletes at this year’s X Games, the annual ESPN-sponsored extreme sports competition, which kicks off Thursday in Austin. While there will be everything from skateboarders, to BMX bikers, to off-road truckers at the three-day event, DiCostanzo will be playing “Call of Duty” with eLevate, his electronic sports (eSports) team. This is only the second year that eSports has had a presence at the competition, and players like DiCostanzo and his teammates are working hard to quiet the skeptics who question whether they are athletes.

“Hopefully in ten years, it (eSports) is really up there — a huge fan base,” DiCostanzo, who is an undergraduate at Long Island University, told

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