C3 Gaming was born out of a series of events that began in a carport in Echo Park, Los Angeles in 2009. It started as a group of friends getting together to enjoy the competitive nature of a fighting game tournament, delicious carne asada, DJs playing live music, artists creating their masterpieces and the power of community. This group of gamers would grow into a group then known as UGTL in the Fighting Game Community (FGC). UGTL would grow from hosting events at a house into moving their events into warehouse spaces and then finally into an event venue. It was during these events that, co-founder of UGTL, Bryan Marquez, would have his passion ignited for event organization. He realized that there was something bigger starting to form from his love to compete in gaming and his ability to bring people together. UGTL winded down in 2012, but that did not mean an end to what set in motion.