U.S. National Video Game Team

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U.S. National Video Game Team
FoundedJuly 1983; 37 years ago (1983-07)

The U.S. National Video Game Team (USNVGT) was founded in July, 1983 in Ottumwa, Iowa, United States by Walter Day and Jim Riley as part of the Electronic Circus tour, with Steve Sanders as the first captain. After the Circus folded, Day re-established the team with himself as the captain, taking the team on a bus tour. The team challenged the players of arcades across the country and attempted to challenge other countries through visits to foreign embassies. In the years that followed the team ran numerous competitive contests.

In 1986, the USNVGT continued on without Day under Jeff Peters and Steve Harris with Donn Nauert as team captain.[1] The team extended their reach to include publishing the Top Score Newsletter and Electronic Game Player Magazine a short time later.[2] Nauert appeared in television commercials for the Atari 7800[3] and served as the referee for Incredible Sunday on That's Incredible!, a three-game competition on the Nintendo Entertainment System that served as a precursor to the Nintendo World Championships 1990.[1][4]

Walter Day and his Business Partner from the early 1980s
Mark Hoff outside the original Twin Galaxies arcade location in Ottumwa, Iowa in 2014


The U.S. National Video Game Team founded many publications in the 1980s. The first was the Top Score Newsletter, which was followed by the four-issue Electronic Game Player Magazine. In 1989, the Electronic Game Player Magazine format was improved and relaunched as Electronic Gaming Monthly. The USNVGT name appeared in the title of the magazine for the first several issues and within the magazine until 1995.[5]


  1. ^ a b Patterson, Patrick Scott (June 25, 2015). "ICONS: Donn Nauert is one of the fathers of eSports competition". SyFy. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "ICONS: Jeff Peters has left his mark on multiple aspects of gaming culture - Part 2". Syfy. May 8, 2015.
  3. ^ Owen Good (13 Apr 2012), There was Once a U.S. National Video Game Team, and This Guy Was Its Captain, Kotaku, retrieved 7 Aug 2013
  4. ^ Greenland, Drew (January 1983). "Twin Galaxies - Ch. 04 - LIFE Magazine". LIFE Magazine. Archived from the original on 2016-08-06. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "ICONS: Part 2 of a feature on Jeff Peters - G4@Syfygames". www.syfygames.com.