In the world of gaming, PUBG, Dota 2 and Call of Duty have legions of dedicated fans around the globe. A sizable number of them will gather for DreamHack, the world’s largest LAN party, over three days starting Friday, December 21.

The history of gaming is full of fun trivia that even hardcore players might not know. Here are 12 that will delight both gamers and curious laypersons.

PUBG

1. PlayerUnknown is actually known

PlayerUnknown is actually Brendan Greene, the lead designer and director of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). It’s believed that he wanted to create a character on the server and thus changed his default nickname to ‘player unknown’. He liked how it sounded so he decided to keep it.

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Brendan Greene

2. PUBG broke an all-time record

In 2017, PUBG overtook Dota 2 with the most number of concurrent players – more than 800,000 – on the gaming platform Steam.

3.  2D replay

An alpha-tested version of PUBG had a 2D replay feature which authorised users to find out where everyone was dispersed.

4. PUBG started off as a mod of another game

As crazy as that sounds, the world’s most dominant game started off as a modified version of Day Z, which was a modified version of Arma II.

DOTA 2

1. No one really knows who created the game

The creative genius responsible for developing one of the world’s biggest gaming sensations is a person who goes by the name of IceFrog. There’s very little information available about his real identity online. He began developing the game in 2005.

2. The creator of Dota 2 isolated himself from the world

One day in 2009, IceFrog uploaded pictures of cats on the Playdota forums. Little did he know the pictures would ruffle a lot of feathers. Fans of DOTA 2 criticized him for wasting his time instead of updating the game. The criticism had an impact and IceFrog soon isolated himself from the world, remaining mildly active on his Weibo account in China.

3. Dota 2 began as a fan-made mod of WarCraft 3

Most players already know that. However, what most players may not know is that the game was inspired by the ‘Aeon of Strife’ map in StarCraft, making the map the parent of this popular gaming genre.

4. The prize money

The International is the largest DOTA 2 tournament. Every edition of The International has surpassed its predecessor in terms of prize money. The International 8 boasted of a total prize pool of $25,532,177, making it the highest paying tournament in e-sport history. The team that won took home $11,234,158.

CALL OF DUTY

1. Over 250 million copies sold

Ever since the COD franchise began in 2003, the series has sold over 250 million copies worldwide, which puts it on par with other bestselling games like GTA and The Sims.

2. COD footage has been used as propaganda

The graphics of COD games are so realistic that in 2012, a North Korean agency used footage from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III in a strange propaganda video about an attack on New York City, which was also the premise of the game.

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3. The game takes care of actual war veterans

Gaming company Activision started a group called C.O.D.E. (Call Of Duty Endowment) in 2009 to do its part for war veterans since the game wouldn’t exist if not for actual soldiers. They have managed to help over 20,000 veterans find jobs.

4. Longest gaming marathon on COD lasted 135 hours

Okan Kaya set a Guinness World Record in 2012 while playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for 135 consecutive hours. The Guinness Book of World Records permitted Okan Kaya a ten-minute break every hour. He stacked up his breaks and managed to have enough break time to take a nap during the marathon.

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Gamer Okan Kaya

If you’re a gamer, you have a chance to play games such as PUBG, FIFA and Counter Strike tournaments at the DreamHack 2018.

Depending on the kind of gaming indulgence one is looking for, tickets for gamers come in three denominations: Legendary Gamers priced at Rs 14,999, Super Epic Gamers priced at Rs 4,999 and Epic Gamer priced at Rs 2,999 per person.

Even if you’re not a gamer, you can be participate in the cosplay festival, watch stand-up comedy shows and attend the EDM concert that are all part of the event.