We're going waaaay back (1980). One of the first national game tournaments ever was held in 1980, and was for the classic game 'Space Invaders'. If you don't recall, Space Invaders was a game with pixel-style graphics, were you played as a small ship trying to shoot the aliens that were coming towards you. The championship was not only one of the first gaming tournaments ever, but was a huge victory for women at the time, as Rebecca Heineman was the winner and the first national gaming tournament champion ever. Historically speaking, this event truly marked a new period in gaming history as the world of game tournaments began to form.