Brief History Of Esports

So today, I’m going to the University of Irvine. Now Justine, why are you going there? Are you going back to school? I’m definitely not going back to school, but I’m going to check out their eSports arena. Now eSports is a thing, can you guys believe that? That eSports, people playing competitive video games is a thing, that’s a career path? Of course you believe it, because you’re living it. You see it everyday, there’s a chance you know somebody, a friend of yours, who’s playing competitively. You probably watch people who play competitive video games. You might actually be one of those people who are competing competitively and I think it is beautiful, it really is and I’m not saying this being sarcastic because the first time that I didn’t think eSports was a thing was 17 years ago. I did the math and I’m, oh gosh. That’s probably longer than some of you have been alive.

But I was in high school and we would go to LAN parties, mostly because the internet really wasn’t that good back then, so being able to play multiplayer games that was the only way to do it. You had to bring computers to one person’s house or go to a cybercafe where they had really good internet to be able to play multiplayer games and back then I was playing Unreal Tournament, Quake 3. I was never really that into Counter-Strike. Now, I didn’t play Counter-Strike, but one of our friends did. His name was Casey and I will never forget one weekend Casey was not at our LAN party and I was so confused because Casey was always there. He was actually competing competitively in a Counter-Strike tournament and I could not believe it. I was like, so there’s a bigger LAN party so there’s not just eight or ten of us all in a room, there’s 100s of people competing? It was probably like trying to explain to your parents now that eSports is a thing. But then, it wasn’t a thing, I mean it was, but not to the level that it is today.

I mean , more people are watching League of Legends tournaments than real, traditional sports and I’m putting that in quotes because I believe that eSports and playing video games is just as competitive as playing actual real sports and people don’t understand that and that is something that I think is just so crazy because when you’re watching super intense games, now I come from most of a Call of Duty background. I’ve hosted a bunch of the Call of Duty in the past and it is so much fun even for people who don’t understand what’s going on. If you have incredible commentators, people who are really trying to pull that game together, to make it understandable for everyone, it is so much fun to watch. I’m going off on a tangent and I’m late because I gotta go, I gotta get on the road. I am going to the University of Irvine today, which is why this whole conversation even started.