Space Invaders Championship (1980)

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Source: http://www.megalextoria.com/wordpress/index.php/2017/04/18/atari-space-invaders-tournament-1980/

Space Invaders was one of the first true blockbuster video games after Pong. In Japan, where the game was developed by Taito in 1978, it even caused a shortage of 100-yen pieces (the coin used in arcade machines there). The game was no less popular in the U.S. so of course there was a port for the popular Video Computer System (Atari 2600). It became the first killer app for a video game console and was responsible for quadrupling Atari 2600 sales.

In 1980, the year that Space Invaders was released for the Atari 2600, a tournament was held to determine the best Space Invaders player. Four people were picked from four regional competitions to compete in the final in New York. A total of 10,000 people participated from all of the regions combined. It wasn't the first video game competition but the Space Invaders Championship was the first such event on a large scale and is the predecessor of today's eSports.


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Yeah, that coulda been me. But of course there was also the Space Invaders console game in the waiting area at Pizza Hut. ; -)

Also reminds me of When Women Stopped Coding.

I had Space Invaders for my 2600 but it was never really one of my favorites. But I didn't have my Atari until Christmas 1983 so there were so many more games available by then.

I think Space Invaders was probably my first game besides Combat. It was definitely my favorite until Missile Command came out. I must've gotten the 2600 for Christmas in '79 or '80.