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Somewhere between solo game playing in your living room and group tournaments at a jam-packed hall lies the world of the online tourney. For someplace to visit while still in your slippers, check out the OGL.

Somewhere between solo game playing in your living room and group tournaments at a jam-packed hall lies the world of the online tourney. It’s a dreamy existence, really, if you think about it–you can connect with your fellow game gurus and still wear your pajamas and get periodic pizza deliveries. What’s not to like? For a place to shuffle toward in your slippers, look no further than The Online Gaming League.

Founded in 1997, the OGL is a gaming community site founded and maintained by a staff of volunteer gamers, and it’s grown into quite the meeting place. More than half a million gamers have stopped in and hung out since it first went online, and the founders say it’s growing at a phenomenal rate.

One strength that gives it bragging rights is its detailed organization, which is not exactly the norm with some online tournament sites. The OGL provides a way for an individual gamer to sign up, make a clan or a team, join a gaming ladder, and invite players in simple steps that get you from surfing to playing quickly.

The OGL prides itself most on the game-obsessed admins that are charged with watching over individual games as well as recruiting other admins. These uber-gamers clock in countless hours to help clans, keep competitions running smoothly, and generally make life happy for the site’s players. When Admins become savvy enough to take on more work, they become League Officials that are in charge of an entire game or set of games.

Anyone who’s worked in a cubicle knows that organizational hierarchy isn’t always fun, but with online tournaments, it’s nice to see some leadership–especially when it pays off in a kickin’ tourney site.

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