Presentation Title

The History of Video Games and the Rise of eSports

Location

Guzman 104, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-17-2019 3:20 PM

Department

History

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Jordan Lieser, PhD

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Since their inception in the 1950s, video games have come a long way; with that advancement came more popularity, a growing demand, and an evolving culture. The first person shooter (FPS) video games genre and the competitive scene that was born out of it is an ideal case study to analyze this change over time. To understand how FPS games became so popular, one must examine their history: specifically, their development, impacts the games have had on society, and economic trajectories. Similar to traditional professional sports, video games experienced a cultural shift around their lucrative profit margins and unfolding professionalization of gamers as entertainers/athletes. Professional gaming started in the 1980s, where 10,000 participants competed in the Space Invaders Championship. Since then, video games evolved from being a casual past time to a full career for some gamers. The resulting professional gaming community has attracted the attention wealthy businessman, including a disproportionate number of iconic sports names, including the New York Yankees, Golden State Warriors, Magic Johnson, and Robert Kraft, who have all bought into eSports.

All of this is possible due to advancement in computing and graphics which allows game developers to increase the amount of content and quality of their games. Without advancement in these areas, gamers start to lose interest, which means no economic and societal growth. For example, games released in the early 2000s such as Counter Strike, World of Warcraft, and Halo have utilized online features to allow players to compete with whoever they want from the comfort of home, making it easier than ever for gamers to hone their skills against others. Today, constant updates and new titles are now the norm for successful video game companies; marking this particular industry and accompanying culture as a microcosm for global society at large.



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The History of Video Games and the Rise of eSports

Guzman 104, Dominican University of California

Since their inception in the 1950s, video games have come a long way; with that advancement came more popularity, a growing demand, and an evolving culture. The first person shooter (FPS) video games genre and the competitive scene that was born out of it is an ideal case study to analyze this change over time. To understand how FPS games became so popular, one must examine their history: specifically, their development, impacts the games have had on society, and economic trajectories. Similar to traditional professional sports, video games experienced a cultural shift around their lucrative profit margins and unfolding professionalization of gamers as entertainers/athletes. Professional gaming started in the 1980s, where 10,000 participants competed in the Space Invaders Championship. Since then, video games evolved from being a casual past time to a full career for some gamers. The resulting professional gaming community has attracted the attention wealthy businessman, including a disproportionate number of iconic sports names, including the New York Yankees, Golden State Warriors, Magic Johnson, and Robert Kraft, who have all bought into eSports.

All of this is possible due to advancement in computing and graphics which allows game developers to increase the amount of content and quality of their games. Without advancement in these areas, gamers start to lose interest, which means no economic and societal growth. For example, games released in the early 2000s such as Counter Strike, World of Warcraft, and Halo have utilized online features to allow players to compete with whoever they want from the comfort of home, making it easier than ever for gamers to hone their skills against others. Today, constant updates and new titles are now the norm for successful video game companies; marking this particular industry and accompanying culture as a microcosm for global society at large.