In the 90s, Nintendo, Sega, and Sony held elaborate competitions that defined an era of eSports, with regional city qualifiers awarding a trip to a spectacular main event. A generation of gamers rose to the challenge, hoping to prove themselves as the best in the world! While the 1990 Nintendo World Championships is the best-known competition, Sega’s 1994 “Rock the Rock” in many ways surpassed it! As a winning competitor in both contests and many others, I’m excited to share a unique perspective behind the scenes of Sega’s peak event of all time!

Regional qualifiers were held around the world at Hard Rock Cafés and Sega arcade venues. Unlike the 1990 NWC, this “world championship” actually had international participants,

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