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Christian Pearson

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What is Cosplay? A Tale of Passionate Fans, Peanut Butter and...Sewage?!
For as long as fandom has existed, people have found creative ways to celebrate whatever it is they’re passionate about – whether it’s through off-the-wall fan-fiction, incredible fan...
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What is The Economy? And Why is Valve Paying You to Lose?
When you play CS:GO, there’s a lot to pay attention to. Things like sound cues, team comms, utility usage. What strats are your opponents running? Who’s going to what bombsite? Did anyone...
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What is a Lootbox? The Story Behind Gaming's Most Dangerous and Delightful Addiction
Whether you like it or not – when you buy a loot box, you’re gambling. Sure, it seems like you’re just harmlessly spending a few bucks on random skins. But what you’re actually doing is...
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Melee Is Not At Evo. But That Doesn't Mean It's Dead
Contrary to popular belief, Melee is not dead. Being at EVO is the most important thing in fighting games, at least from the outside looking in. And in any other franchise, a newer,...
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What is Tilt? The Gentle Art of Not Losing Your Sh*t in Esports
Tilt is the scourge of competitors everywhere and it affects everyone. From the hopeless bottom-dwellers of bronze-tier, all the way up to the apex predators of the esports world: no one...
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The Worst CS:GO Tournament Ever
One LAN has lived in infamy as the worst event, ever. It was the Fyre Festival of gaming, with missing computers, confiscated passports, and of course, not a cent of prize money paid out....
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What is a Gamertag? The Strange Evolution of Gamers' Chosen Identities
In real life, you don’t get to choose your own name. Sure, once you’re an adult you can legally change it, but by then, you’ve already spent a large chunk of your existence already being...
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What is Teemo? The Bizarre Conception of League's Annoying Mascot
No matter what game you play, there’s something you hate playing against. Most of the time it’s something cheesy, or broken. But sometimes, you hate something not because it’s good, but...
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What is All Your Base? How One Bad Gaming Translation Spawned the Meme Generation
In today’s rapidly moving internet age, memes explode into existence and then die almost as quickly. However, there is a meme that emerged before platforms like Reddit, Imgur and Twitter...
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What is Waluigi? Why the Smash Community Embraced Nintendo's Most Hated Reject
Super Smash Bros. is probably the craziest gaming crossover in the world. It’s the only arena where Mario can fight Sonic, Cloud, Pikachu, Pac-Man and Mega Man at the same time. And with...
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What is Gaben? How one of gaming's greatest minds became one of its greatest memes
Gabe Newell is the co-founder and CEO of Valve – the developer and publisher behind universally acclaimed titles like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 and Left4Dead. But...
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What Faze Clan at DreamHack Malmö can teach us about superteams
Superteams are as exciting as they are volatile. When you put some of the game’s greatest players on one roster, on paper they should be a dominant team. But that’s not always how things...
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theScore esports Awards 2018
Welcome to theScore esports Awards 2018. It's been a hell of a year in esports, and we've got nominees in four categories for you: Player, Roster and Rookie of The Year, plus Breakthrough...
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How 2018 changed esports: The year that made franchising dreams a reality
If 2017 was the year when the esports industry started to dream about how great franchising might be, 2018 was the year when that dream became a reality.And while it’s definitely too...
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What is GG? The Evolution of the Sportsmanship and the Salt
You see it after a game — often regardless of outcome.You see it during a game, when someone feeds. And sometimes you see it purely as a form of disrespect. GG stands for “good game” – an...
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What is RNG? Gamers' Love-Hate Relationship with Luck in Esports
We talk a lot about player skill in esports, and for good reason: most of your favourite games give stars plenty of opportunity to show their supremacy. But games usually also include a...
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What is Solo Queue? The rise of competitive online matchmaking
As many of us know, the path to the big money contracts, the bright lights of the stage and the bro hugs in endless confetti showers is paved by thousands of hours spent in front of a...
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Esports Animated: The Hilarious Adventures of Young NiKo, as Told by Janko "YNk" Paunović
Former CS:GO pro and analyst turned coach Janko "YNk" Paunović reminisces about the old Counter-Strike 1.6 days playing and partying with superstar FaZe Clan player NiKo, talks about why...
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What is Boosting? The Twisted Motivations Behind Cheating the Elo Ladder
There are a few types of people who play competitive games online. You’ve got your everyday, run-of-the-mill, law-abiding citizens. You’ve got your smurfs. And you’ve got the boosted...