Everything Old Is New Again
Bethesda Softworks shipped its re-imagining of id Software's demons-from Mars shooter Doom earlier this month to rave reviews, and now the company's bringing back the original eSport with Quake Champions. The arena-based shooter ushered in an age of professional video gaming, which — pre-Internet and pre-livestreaming — focused on bring-your-own PC competitions inside large hotel ballrooms. Now id is using its latest game engine technology to upgrade that fast-paced, first-person shooter combat for today's global audience, introducing brand new warriors of varying play styles. Over a billion people are familiar with eSports today, according to research firm Newzoo, and Bethesda hopes to tap into that excitement with its own program aimed at gamers of all skill levels.