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The Gaming Industry
in Dallas-Fort Worth

What's new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth gaming and esports news — leading off with some history to get you started

Gaming Industry in Dalla-Fort Worth

North Texas has played a major role in the gaming industry for more than two decades. Here’s a curated list of our esports and gaming news — leading off with a bit of history to get you started. 

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History of Innovation:
The Gaming Industry in Dallas-Fort Worth

North Texas has stayed on top of the gaming industry through regeneration, according to writer Sarah Bennett. And, at its core, the Dallas area’s role in the world of gaming starts with one man: John Carmack, the legendary developer who co-founded id Software.

“Not many people know how much happens in Dallas. I start listing off titles. Most people are like, ‘That’s crazy.’
Myke Sanders, 2016 co-chair of the Dallas International Game Developers Association


Doom, a first-person shooter developed by id Software, was a groundbreaking game when it was released in 1993. [Photo: Michael Samples.]

Story of a Legendary Dallas Game Studio

Dallas became a hub of the early PC gaming movement in the 1990s, with studios like Id Software (Doom) and 3D Realms (Duke Nukem) …

Gaming Goldrush:
Is Frisco Poised to Become an Esports Capital?

Dallas-Fort Worth pillars in esports talk about the industry’s rise — and how North Texas fits into the mix — at LaunchPad City.

Texas Rangers Co-owner Helps OpTic Esports Team Expand

OpTic Gaming is expanding its reach in the esports world by teaming up with Texas Rangers co-owner and Summer Energy CEO Neil Leibman … 

Interactive timeline: History of Gaming in Dallas-Fort Worth


Interactive Timeline:
Gaming in Dallas-Fort Worth

North Texas has played a major role in the gaming industry for more than two decades.

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Esports Teams OpTic, EnVyUs Reportedly Relocating to Dallas

Competitive gaming is becoming big business with major teams drawing large fanbases. Could Dallas become an esports hub?

UNT Hits ‘Play’ for Esports Enthusiasts With The Nest

The Nest — in which the university invested $200,000 — is open to any student or faculty member who wants to hone their gaming skills. 

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