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A brief guide to the (surprisingly long) history of esports

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Though esports may seem like a recent phenomenon, organized video game competitions actually date back to at least 1972, when players of a space combat game called Spacewar gathered on Stanford’s campus to face off at what organizers called the “International Olympics.”

Since then, the esports industry has shifted through several different iterations before hitting its current boom.

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