Video Gamers Pay Big to Hear Enemies Better

Professional video-game players compete during at the e-Sports Stadium in Seoul, South Korea Photograph by Jean Chung/Bloomberg

Kyle Elam has been a professional video gamer since 2006, competing against thousands in multiplayer versions of the bestseller Halo for purses ranging from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. Apart from practicing 20 to 30 hours a week, Elam says his secret weapon is a $269 headset from Turtle Beach engineered to transmit the game’s sounds better than TV speakers or standard headphones. “With $100,000 on the line, the last thing you want to happen is an enemy opponent walking up behind you for the last frag of the game,” he says.

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