Dan Velez

At New York Tech, eSports are way more than a game

By GREGORY ZELLER // A long time ago, on a campus far, far away, “Spacewar!” changed everything. In October 1972, Stanford University hosted an “intergalactic Olympics” featuring the groundbreaking space-combat videogame (take a Java-fueled trip down memory lane), developed a decade earlier by American computer scientist Stephen Russell. The contest, with a year’s subscription to Rolling Stone magazine up for grabs, stands as the first known videogame competition. Smash that hyperspace button and flash forward…