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Who's Game?

Those bleeps and bloops on the laptop next to you aren't work being done.

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This story appears in the August 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Look closely at fellow travelers' laptop computers. More often than not, you won't see spreadsheets or e-mail programs-but rather, video games. Although there aren't any formal statistics on how many corporate gamers there are, sales figures and other anecdotal evidence suggest a recent surge in gaming activity.

"Computer games aren't just for kids anymore," says Jim Charne, president and executive director of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, an organization for game developers in Los Angeles. "I see business travelers playing more amusement games."

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