If you're good enough, today's landscape allows those who have mastered certain video games to pursue a full-time career as "professionals" - with many of the top gamers making millions of dollars thanks to championship purses and endorsement deals which have created a $700 million USD a year industry.
In the further quest to marry digital ingenuity with sport, the founders of the Drone Racing League are hoping that they've created the next big thing akin to something similar to the world of Nascar.
Today, the Drone Racing League announced its inaugural racing season which will include custom-built drones that can go up to speeds of 80 m.p.h. and six diversified racing environments like Miami Dolphins stadium, an abandoned mall in Los Angeles and subway tunnels.
"It's like a real-life video game -- you're wearing goggles, holding a controller but you are in the middle of a real thing," DRL CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski said. "It's an e-sport brought to life."