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Who benefits? Ember and public player salaries

This is going to be the start of a new series called “Who Benefits.” At its core, the series looks at marketing and PR decisions in eSports in a critical way in order to attempt to decipher choices and why they’re made. The origin of the name comes from a panel in DC Comics’ Identity […]

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The real winners of The Summit 4: Team OG

Like many Dota fans, I had the chance to watch The Summit 4 this past week. The Summit, produced by studio Beyond the Summit, tends to be a bit of a gift to the community in the sense that it’s a casual environment for pros to compete with eachother while interacting with the audience through […]

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Opinion

On the (possibly grim) future of Overwatch

Blizzard’s FPS title Overwatch is probably one of the most hyped titles this year due to a couple different factors: Vibrant characters give personalities for players to gravitate towards MOBA-like mechanics mean that there are cool things for players to do besides aim and shoot well People saw the success that first movers on Hearthstone […]

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50 women in esports: a brief list

Sparked by a debate that happened yesterday about female representation and role models in esports/gaming, I decided to compile a list of women in the industry that I enjoy following on Twitter. I’ve included a little blurb about what they do and a follow button beneath all of them. I encourage you to follow them […]

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Personal

Thanks, Marcus: a Dyrus obituary

Some of you know that eSports is something I came into by accident; it was never supposed to be a career, but more a hobby. Marcus helped pull me in. I started playing League of Legends casually in 2010, a little bit before Season 1. Garen has just been released, putting my start date around […]

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Opinion

Dota Reborn is out! Here’s things I like so far

I recently had the chance to play around with the Dota 2 Reborn beta after it launched earlier this week. Obviously, being a beta, there’s a bunch of stuff that needs to be improved — things like connectivity issues during custom games, spectating and Hero MMR are all kind of struggling. However, I thought I’d […]

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Opinion

Dota Reborn: Three things I’m excited about

A couple days ago Dota 2 fans were treated to the launch of Reborn, a web page devoted to the updating of… a lot of things. The first part focused on the out-of-game experience, which includes the client and the way we can watch matches from within it. This is really important, as it serves […]

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Journalism

Games in Motion: Dignitas vs Cloud 9 HyperX

Up until this week, I was noting a very worrying trend for LCS matches; I was getting bored. Games lacked a certain competition that usually glues me to the screen; while players can do some wonderful plays in one-sided stomps, I’m a lot more engaged when I’m on the edge of my seat, knowing that […]

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Chasing Champions – An eSports Travelogue

Hell is being trapped in a window seat on a fifteen hour flight to Korea with a full bladder and the Canadian need to be polite. My legs crumple into the seat in front of me, two sleeping Korean men prevents me from the freedom of the aisle. The last five days had been hectic: […]