Depends on what you describe as a eSports
btw its Esports, not eSports.....
league came out in 09 tho
Like the 90's with Quake, saying esports didn't exist until 2011 is like saying basketball didn't exist until 1946 when it was created in the late 1800s.
RL has good points to make but not all of them are good, just biased moronic opinions
The term is pretty loose but I think that Netflix documentary mini-series about games and gaming packs up the early beginning of e-sports pretty well. There already was audiences, stages, win prizes and medals in the late 80's for the fighting game competitors already.
If Richard Lewis says something then its wrong
i would think like 2000s with quake and cs
we had tourneys of space invader, pac man and other games way before that the 90's..
the answer goes to what you perceive as esports - some define it as any form of organized competition involving videogames - and this, makes the old arcade tourneys as valid esports;
others, define it as multiplayer based, so this brings us late 80's
i'm researching now, i'll come back if i find something interesting
wasn't there some tetris championship way back when nes was new? Depends on what you count as esports
Late 90s with Quake is probably the first iteration of "esports" as we are semi-familiar with it. Fatality being one of the first esports 'stars' if not the first.
However they were doing Doom tournaments back in the day. No sponsorship or anything though.
League of Legends is probably the first franchised thing. So from that perspective I guess it's correct.
Also people have been going for high scores on arcade cabinents since forever and the 90s also had fighting game tournaments. It's kind of a matter of what you consider esports. If getting a high score on a local arcade cabinent is esports then you can take it back to the 80s.
That is just sleaky, you know full well that richard Lewis never said that, he said the opposite, yet you create a fake narrative to harm his image.
That did not happen or he made a joke cuz he was in esports waaaaay before that.
esport in cs started around 20 years ago, right around the time the retail version of CS was released.
may be there is a video about the history of clanbase (mostly EU) and cpl (mostly NA) somewhere that explains the origins in detail. not sure if there was another cs league before that. certainly for other games like starcraft, quake, etc.
late 90's with quake I'd say, there were the odd tournaments for other games before that but with Quake is when it started to have a ciruit with a variety of tournaments through the year and somewhat meaningful prizepools, even if no salaries.
For me, it became an e-sport when it became something professional and regulated by any organ. If wikipedia is correct then it would be 2000 when KESPA was founded.
I think what he meant by that was not that riot invented esports but esports as we know it today was molded heavily with what riot did and no doubt brought esports more mainstream even if the game and company are unbearable.
The first pro guy i personally know was fatal1ty (quake pro). Then i also started to hear about cs 1.6 pros like spawn f0rest get_right neo etc. Skgaming.com used to be a place to share cs 1.6 frag movies
Smash bros , 1.6 , Quake , Starcraft , Dota are LoL dads
FPS started with quake and CS so around 1999.
I'm sure there was gaming tournaments for, street fighter, mario kart etc earlier than that but not on the level of quake and CS.
in the 90s probably but around 2010 for the modern era
Wasn't Halo very popular between like 10-15 years ago?
somewhere in the 60s in a university
the game was "pong"
clanbase and unreal tournament was my game 2003 so i suppose he is kinda lost in his info.