Its installation spread to other institutions making it the first known video game to be played at multiple computer locations. Ten years later at Stanford University, a selected list of the best Spacewar!
The combination of the competitive elements of gaming with a fan base laid the groundwork for what has become one of the most popular activities watched and played around the world.
The Global Games Market report forecasts that 2.
Online streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube have served to launch esports into the stratosphere. But is it really a sport?
Three things have to happen for a game to become a sport. There has to be competition, tournaments and spectators.
The rise of esports has all that and more. Major spectator events in the form of streamed competitions with organized leagues, professional players that can be viewed anywhere, and live events in major offline sports venues.
Adding to the credibility of esports last month was the awarding of an ESPY for best esports moment. SonicFox is a black, openly gay furry who also happens to be one of the best fighting game players in the world.
He is a combination of some of the least represented demographics of players in the sport today. At 21 years of age, he has already won 52 tournaments.
Also taking note of the growing popularity of esports is the LGBT sports community. For the first time in the history of the Gay Games, esports and dodgeball were among the sports to be included in the final sports list.
The host cities of the Gay Games follow a mandated list of core sports and can then add sports that are popular in their regions. Both esports and dodgeball are wildly popular in Hong Kong.
Sin City is the largest annual LGBT sporting event in the world and draws more than 7, athletes participating in 24 sports.
Stepping in on short notice to coordinate the addition of esports were Garrett Pattiani and Russ White.
Attendees from the other Sin City sports were invited to attend as spectators and experience virtual reality VR demonstrations. For the third game of the tournament, Pattiani and White added a VR element by introducing the competitors to Ping!