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Opinion

Square-off: Riot Games and Valve Software’s community management

Riot Games’ League of Legends and Valve Software’s Dota 2 are two of the foremost titles in the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) market, and are fundamentally different in audience and scope. League of Legends has successfully gained a larger audience by being easier to pick up with a more friendly aesthetic. It rewards a […]

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Opinion

On Miitomo – Nintendo’s quirky social network

Over the last couple days I’ve started to get into Miitomo, which is Nintendo’s first attempt at a mobile app. In wanting to get into that market, Nintendo both have to admit that their handheld line of consoles isn’t getting them everything they want, and they also have to make something cool without driving people […]

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Tutorial

Prepping for an event: Twitter, gear and damage control

In the past I’ve written posts for gaming/esports/nerd professionals who might be travelling to places like conventions, tournaments or expos. I think preparation for these events is a large part of being successful at them, and sometimes you can get blindsided by things you don’t expect. So in an effort to make things better, here’s […]

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Tutorial

How to pitch an esports/gaming publication without embarrassing yourself

A major part of finding success and growth as a creator is being able to pitch your product to someone who’s willing to pay for it. This means not only having a good way to communicate what you do, but also knowing what information is the most relevant. I’ve worked in journalism for ten years, […]

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Opinion

Rocket League: Unifying esports through shared context

When I found out that Rocket League was going to be allowing cross-play between Xbox One, the Playstation 4 and PC, I initially just chalked it up to the game being relatively good at it already and adding one more platform to its portfolio. However, the more I thought about it, the game has evolved […]

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Journalism

Who Benefits: Riot Games acquires Radiant Entertainment

Last week, Radiant Entertainment announced that they would be acquired by Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends. Radiant, so far known for the civilization construction game Stonehearth (which I backed on Kickstarter) and their fighting game Rising Thunder, will be joining the company to develop a new game for Riot. Rising Thunder‘s alpha […]

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Opinion

Visiting Stardew Valley

How often do you play a number of games in the same genre, and wish that there was a way to combine the best features of them into one title? How often do you sit down and think “man, I’d love the way the shotgun sounds from Game X, but I like the reloading animation […]

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Personal

#LetsTalk 2016 – My depression, and how it hurts me

So today’s Bell’s annual #LetsTalk day, which is a promotion to get people talking about depression and mental health. Every time people tweet with the hashtag, Bell makes a donation to Canadian mental health programs. Basically it’s a giant PR move that a lot of people just happen to believe in; the company’s shitty practices […]

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Opinion

SeeBotsChat: So two robots walk into a bar…

So if you’ve been on Twitch Twitter™ today you’ll probably have heard about seebotschat, a channel that has two voice-activated assistants (Google Home models) that are programmed to talk to each other. Both have tweaks made to their code in order to give them a separate personality; the one on the left is named “Vladimir” […]

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Journalism

Who benefits? ESPN, TSM, and the great eSports gold rush

Disclosure: I worked at theScore eSports from Jan 2015 to Nov 2015. I worked with Rod Breslau and Tyler Erzberger during my time there, and edited their work. Darin Kwilinski edited my work while I worked at Azubu from April to June 2014. All three now work at ESPN. ESPN, the largest sports media company […]