Brian Sandoval

Panel looks to pro video gaming to boost Nevada economy

As a professional, Johnathan Wendel's days focused on staying at the top of his game — that included eight hours of practice, running to stay in top shape and avoiding taboo performance-enhancing drugs.

But he's not your typical athlete. He's billed as the world's first full-time professional video gamer, goes by the screen name "Fatal1ty" and has made hundreds of thousands of dollars in what has become a spectator "esport."

Gov. Brian Sandoval and the other members of the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee met Friday to hear from people like Wendel and discuss how the explosively popular professional video game industry could bring more money and...