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Best Kiwis in the eSports world cashing in on their skills across the Tasman

Some of New Zealand's best eSports gamers have turned it into a career and crossed the Tasman to cash in on the big money to be made in the business.

TVNZ1's Seven Sharp went along to game day in Sydney where five gamers in the TM team headed to a specialist broadcast facility to do battle in the Oceania pro league.

The video game was League of Legends and for the five gamers, their coach and manager it's a full-time job with a global following.

"We've got five players who each have a different role in the game, kind of like different positions in basketball or rugby or American football or whatever," the team's Kiwi coach Jonny Weatherly explained.

The team has a distinctly trans-Tasman feel, including Omar from New Plymouth who was midway though a software engineering degree when he got the call up to the house the eSports team lives and trains in.

"Now it's becoming a thing that if you do dedicate a lot of time to it and take it seriously you can get somewhere with it," he said.

The TM team's owner, another Kiwi, John McRae, has seen eSports rise to be worth more than $1 billion worldwide, with the top gamers in the world earning more than $1 million a year.

"There's around 300,000 people plus playing League of Legends in Oceania. Globally there's 110-million people playing the game every month," he said.

Traditional sports teams are taking note.

"Globally there's eSports teams being run by Manchester City, Philadelphia 76ers. I'm aware of a number of teams out of New Zealand looking at eSports team ownership," Mr McRae said.

TVNZ's Australia Correspondent Kimberlee Downs went along to game day. Source: Seven Sharp