Some people may not realize that esports has a storied history. Dating back to 1972, the first esports competition was held at Stanford University at an event called Spacewar, and it was there that the esports name was coined. Since then, its climb in popularity had been extremely slow. That is, of course, until recently as esports has skyrocketed so much so that even major news and broadcast outlets have created specific divisions in order to cover this phenomenon.

This is where Blizzard comes in. They’ve led this battle with innovation, passion, and unbelievable quality. One look at any major Blizzard-run esport event and we can easily see why they are a paragon in the industry. And right alongside Blizzard is a savvy, passionate, and extremely hard-working team known as Tespa. Launched in Texas, they’ve since been taken under Blizzard’s wing in order to help bolster and develop a robust collegiate esports organization that is growing at an incredible rate. The following is a one-hour documentary about Blizzard, Tespa, and esports, and we can’t recommend watching it enough.

If that doesn’t give you what Blizzard loves to call nerd-chills, then we’re not sure anything will. All of the electric moments, the pure desire to succeed, and the absolutely passion to win cannot be ignored. GUNNAR Optiks is beyond proud to be partners with Tespa and Blizzard, and we can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2017!

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