Esports is now the fastest growing sport in the world. But how did gaming go from the private and personal, to the worldwide competitive sport status? 1972 – Game tournaments were common among friends, but the first recorded public video game competition was held at Stanford University, US, and featured the game Spacewar! (1962). The call for the tournament read:“The first ‘Intergalactic spacewar Olympics’ will be held here, Wednesday 19 October, 2000 hours.