Game Changer: Fascinating Facts About Esports

Sports | 3/30/20

Traditionally, sports enthusiasts tend to be into a variety of different sports such as basketball, baseball, football, tennis, soccer or anything in between. For many people under 35, though, esports is tops.

The idea of being able to play video games for a living, and also make a huge amount of money doing so, is a dream for many. It hasn’t always been that way. At one point, the games were played for magazine subscriptions. Today, they are played for millions. Read on for a history of and facts about esports.

The First Video Game Tournament Was Held In 1972

First video game tournament
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Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images

If you ask several people what the first video game ever was, you will probably get a number of different answers. Some will likely say “Pong,” which was popularized on the Atari system. Others might say “Pac-Man,” which was so popular that a song called “Pac-Man Fever” was released in 1981.

But video games and game tournaments go all the way back to the early 1970s. In 1972, Stanford University students competed against each other in the game “Spacewar.” The prize was a subscription to Rolling Stone magazine.