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"They did that?" 5 Esports Facts You Probably Didn't Know

We're listing down some trivia from the competitive gaming industry scene.

Which facts will blow your mind? Here are some esports facts you probably didn't know.

[1] The first recorded esports tournament was in 1972.

Recording esports matches began 47 years ago, with the game Spacewar.

Photo taken from We Are The Mutants (wearethemutants.com)

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Spacewar is a two-player space combat game built in 1962. Ten years later, the game would give birth to the first recorded esports tournament called the Intergalactic Spacewar Olympics, held in October 19, 1972. The champions get a one-year subscription to pop culture magazine, Rolling Stone.

[2] Victor “Lil Poison” De Leon III holds the Guiness World Record as the youngest professional gamer.

According to popular listing Guinness World Records, Victor de Leon started his gaming days when he was two years old, playing NBA 2K. De Leon's professional career began when he turned four, playing the sci-fi FPS game Halo.

Photo taken from Guinness World Records

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“Lil Poison” was 7 years old in 2004 when he when he signed an exclusive deal with the organizers of Major League Gaming. Victor De Leon is now 20 years old and streams regularly on Twitch.

[3] The highest earning female pro esports player is Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn.

Whoever said esports is just a world made for men, clearly hasn't met Scarlett yet.

Hailing from the land of the maple leaf, Sasha Hostyn began her esports career in 2011 in real-time strategy game Starcraft II.

Photo taken from broadsport.net

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To date she has earned a total of $296,161.43 from 167 professional tournaments.

[4] Silver Snipers are the world’s oldest esports gaming team.

Age is just a number for the competitive seniors at Silver Snipers, first professional senior CS:GO team in the world.

Photo from Szabi Ernst

These cool peeps are from Stockholm, Sweden, who have a passion for playing the FPS game Counter-Strike. The average age of these players? 67.

[5] Dota 2 is the esports game with the most prize money since 2011.

Valve's popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Dota 2 is by far the game giving away the most sums of cash since 2011.

Photo taken from OG's Twitter account (@OGesports)

From 1061 tournaments including Asia Championships, Majors, WESG, ESL, and the highly-anticipated The International (TI), the game has given away a total prize money of $174,267,037.22. The recently-held The International 2018 (TI8) gave out a prize money of $25,532,177.00 to champions OG through the loyal players' crowd-funding.


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MN | Tin

Casual among all casuals. A Summoner by heart. When she’s not doing anything, Tin daydreams about the bustling streets of Shibuya, the little town of Omorimachi, and everything in between.

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