1973 in video gaming
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- March 19 – Kagemasa Kozuki establishes Konami Industry Co., Ltd. Formerly the owner of a jukebox repair/rental business in Osaka, Japan, Kozuki launches Konami to manufacture amusement machines for video arcades.
- May – Hudson Soft Ltd. is established in Sapporo, Japan for the purpose of marketing telecommunications devices and art photographs.
- The Computer Space game make appearances in the films Soylent Green and Sleeper.
- Mazewar is developed for the Imlac PDS-1 computer. Mazewar is perhaps the first First Person Shooter and one of the earliest examples of a network game.
- Empire versions I, II and III are developed for the PLATO system by John Daleske. Possibly the first team game ever, the first fifty-player game ever, and numerous other innovations.
- Silas Warner takes over PLATO Empire version I and renames it Civilization.
- Lemonade Stand is developed for the first time.
 Notable releases
- Midway Manufacturing Co. licenses Pong from Atari to produce Winner, their first video game arcade game.
- Atari releases Gotcha, the first commercial maze game, to video arcades.
- Atari releases PONG Doubles to video arcades. A variation on the wildly successful PONG, PONG Doubles is the first video arcade game to include four player gameplay.
- Williams Electronics releases Paddle Ball, an unlicensed duplicate of Pong, as their first arcade game.
- BASIC Computer Games was first published. It included 101 games written in BASIC.
- Thomas, Donald A. Jr (2005). "-1973-". ICWhen.com. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2006.
- "Corporate Info / Corporate History". Konami. Archived from the original on 10 February 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2006.
- "Corporate Info. / History". Hudson. Archived from the original on 24 November 2005. Retrieved 15 February 2006.
- "WINNER from Midway" (PDF). Arcadedocs.com. 1973. Retrieved 15 February 2006.[dead link]
- Winters, David. "Atari PONG –The first steps–". PONG-Story. Archived from the original on 13 February 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2006.
- Kurtz, Bill (1997). Slot Machines and Coin-Op Games. New Jersey: Chartwell Books. p. 125. ISBN 978-1-55521-731-0.