Spain’s Campus Party: from Quake Tournaments to a Cultural Phenomenon

Campus Party is an annual week-long, 24-hour-a-day technology festival and LAN party in Spain. Thousands of hackers, developers, gamers and geeks equipped with personal computers camp out in tents on-site for the conference and hackathon.

It was founded in 1997 as a gaming and demoscene event, with Quake tournaments. In 1998, Skuda was crowned the Quake champion of Spain. Skuda was awarded a boxed copy of Quake II signed by John Carmack and all the game’s creators at id Software.

The first 3 years, the gathering was held in Málaga, Spain, and then in 2000 moved to The City of Arts and Sciences, in Valencia, Spain. Campus Party has since been run in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, the US, Germany and Italy.

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