In it’s early days, video game tournaments were literally you and your friends, huddled around the NES and tube television in your mom’s basement, fighting over who gets next. As gaming tech progressed, in-game multiplayer became the thing of every hangout with your buds. Then, the internet progressed and games started having an online multiplayer component, then competitions became a global affair. But it was all still pretty bush-league, amateur stuff. Then someone thought it’d be cool to get a room full of players together to fight it out in real time. Then shit got real.
Originating in South Korea in the 2000, esports and video game tournaments have grown to exponential levels, and have turned into spectacles where some serious money is earned and life-long grudges formed. To date, there have been thousands of competitions across RPG, strategy and FPS games, with almost half a billion dollars of prize money handed out.