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Even in the minor leagues, video game team is living the dream

Even in the minor leagues, video game team is living the dream

After taking a red-eye out of Georgia to check on his employees, Ethan Smith arrives in the late morning at the house on a quiet street in Santa Monica. He stops in the foyer and laughs at the state of the place. It looks like a frat house. Day-old breakfast sits in a pan on the stove. Spillage from fast-food cups forms sticky rings on the coffee table. Blinds cast the living room in darkness. It's almost noon, and his employees are still asleep. "I wanna get mad. I really do, but this is just the typical gamer lifestyle," says Smith, co-owner of the Team Fusion video gaming team. "They're smart guys and players, but they just can't figure out where the...

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