The X Games is a sporting event which focuses on Action Sports such as motocross, skateboard, BMX, snowboarding and slopestyle skiing. The X Games are arranged and controlled by the American sports cable television network ESPN. The event is held twice per year – the Summer X Games in August and the Winter X Games in January/February. The first X Games were held in the summer of 1995 in Rhode Island. Beginning in 2013, the X Games were expanded to six events per calendar year for at least the next three years.
Attendance at the X Games has varied over the years. The first X Games in 1995 were attended by approximately 198 thousand people. The highest total attendance so far was reached at the fifth edition of the event in 1999 when almost 270 thousand people attended the event. The most recent Winter X Games in Aspen in 2013 were attended by almost 115 thousand people.