Walter “The Ref” Day, founder of Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa has worked his entire life to make competitive gaming a professional sport. The globally recognized “father of competitive gaming” held the first Video Game World Championships 30 years ago this past January.

In an interview earlier this year with Complex, Day isn't holding onto the arcade past. Seeing how gaming has evolved over the past 30 years he sees it as good for the gamer:

“eSports is the natural evolution of competitive gaming. Now that the growing power of the online infrastructure supports high-level bandwidth, that facilitates the creation of a worldwide spectator sport. There is no reason why sponsors, advertisers, players and professional teams can't flourish. Major League Gaming (MLG) is a prime example of eSports being successful.”