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25 Pictures From The History Of Video Games

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, 16, become the first winner of the Fortnite World Cup and recipient of $3 million in cash prizes. Here's a look back at how video games have evolved from Pong to a billion-dollar esports industry.

Posted on August 1, 2019, at 11:51 a.m. ET

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Liverpool FC and England footballer Steve Heighway and a woman play Pong on the Videomaster game console Sept. 26, 1977.

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The Video Battle Centre, a video arcade on the corner of Rupert and Brewer streets in London's Soho neighborhood, circa 1979.

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Musician Steve Strange plays an arcade game at Club Hell in London in 1980.

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A group of teens play a game on a Commodore computer at a store in Nuremberg, Germany, on May 8, 1984.

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Schoolgirls in Paris play a Game Boy in 1991.

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A man plays Tetris on the Nintendo Entertainment System in New York in 1990.

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Boys looking at the new 16-bit NES on display at a Toys 'R' Us store in 1991.

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Sen. Joe Lieberman holds a video game gun controller during a joint hearing of the Senate Government Affairs and Judiciary committees in Washington, DC, on Dec. 9, 1993, to discuss violent-theme video games.

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Peter Parles, a product development coordinator for Viacom New Media, plays the new MTV Beavis and Butt-Head video game at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago on June 23, 1994.

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The "Nintendo Super Tour '93" video game championship at the toy fair in Villepinte, France.

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A boy plays Sonic the Hedgehog on a Sega game system in Paris on Feb. 22, 1993.

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Workers in North Bend, Washington, unload boxes of Nintendo's new 64-bit video game system on Oct. 24, 1996.

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Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Herb Kohl watch a video game during a news conference in Washington, DC, where they discussed a survey on video game ratings, on Dec. 5, 1996.

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Gamers test out the game Ape Escape at the Sony exhibit booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on May 13, 1999.

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Dwayne Johnson speaks with Bill Gates after Gates unveiled the new Xbox video game console at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 6, 2001.

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A woman shops for video games at a Best Buy store in Marin City, California, on Nov. 26, 2002.

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Players compete on titles such as Counter Strike, Black Hawk Down, WarCraft, and Medal of Honor across a LAN network during a gaming summit in Osnabrueck, Germany, on May 3, 2003.

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The next-generation Xbox 360 is on display during the Tokyo Game Show 2005 on Sept. 16, 2005, in Chiba, Japan.

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Margarete Roeder is instructed by volunteer Markus Deindl on how to play Nintendo Wii bowling at the Malhaelden seniors home in Pforzheim, Germany, on Aug. 4, 2008.

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President Barack Obama purchases Just Dance 3 for the Wii while shopping at a Best Buy in Alexandria, Virginia, on Dec. 21, 2011.

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Players test out the PlayStation VR accessories during the T-Mobile Warsaw Games Week on Oct. 13, 2016, in Warsaw.

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People play Pokémon Go on their smartphones in Yokohama, Japan, on Aug. 9, 2017.

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A player competes during Wargaming Fest in Moscow on Dec. 23, 2017.

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Richard Tyler Blevins (onscreen), aka Ninja, speaks to the crowd at the start of the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals on July 27 in New York City.

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Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, 16, celebrates after winning the Fortnite World Cup solo final on July 28 in New York City.


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