You should have continued reading.
I did (later), and it was still globally in the US stuff. Talking about how the internet changed gaming and whatnot, when I was clearly referring to the state of the gaming market in Brazil and maybe other 3rd world countries. From here, I can tell you, online gaming didn't become popular until very recently. During the PS3/X360 days, everyone had the 360 because of easier piracy, and online gaming was still a very niche thing. It only started becoming bigger well into this decade with the rise of free-to-play eSports games (because spoiler, they're free), and then the market finally began to establish itself now in the PS4 days... which makes sense, because it's during the PS4 days that most PS2 kids are now adults with jobs.
I'm not saying gaming wouldn't have ever become a bigger thing here if it wasn't for piracy, no. What's happened over the last decade is a global trend and there's no denying that. But I do think it wouldn't be as popular as it is today.