In the summer of 2026 ZeeEye Gamers’ Guild launched Arcane Hunters Battle Royale (AHBR), a highly immersive and competitive video game that redefined professional e-sports forever. AHBR was powered by TESS, a revolutionary gaming console that allowed players and spectators alike to join games by entering into a dream. AHBR was the first game in history to achieve 1 billion simultaneous active users. Its rapid growth and acceptance ushered forth a new age of professional streaming and gaming celebrities for anyone that excelled at AHBR.
The medical and scientific communities became wary of TESS since it unnaturally excited the body's nerve cells in unknown ways. However governments failed slow adoption due to the virality of the gaming experience. Conspiracy theorists began to speculate that TESS was being used for something other than playing video games since its core technology was DARPA funded.
Kai, a southern California gamer, joined the closed alpha for the next version of AHBR. Due to a fortunate incident, he ended up with the opportunity to move onto the closed beta. In an effort to increase his stream's subscriber count and turn his unremarkable professional streaming career into a successful one, he joined BETA. However, it became much more than he had ever expect.
Join Kai in a video game, sci-fi, fantasy and anime cliche rich story that includes reincarnation. Will Kai discover the truth about BETA? Will he get home? What is so special about DanceRush Stardom anyways? Come find the answers to these questions and more in an adventure filled story about friends, technology, engineering and the love of video games.
This story is an entry for The Adventum Contest 2020.
1) Town/Kingdom/Empire Building
2) Reincarnated as an X
3) Combination of Magic and Technology
Editorial Attribution: Hwody
Art Attribution Note: I did draw the book cover art myself except for metal brushed background image from Adrian Joniec, released as "Free for commercial use" on Pixabay. --wawanaoki