What is a Gank? The History of Online Gaming's Most Brutal Ambushes

by Colten Gowan, Diego Bernal Gomez, Miles Hackett, Daniel Rosen Mar 4 2019

Ganking is the act of ruining someone’s day by grouping up with at least one other player to ambush and kill them.

If you’ve watched or played any competitive MOBA in the last 10 years, then you’ll be very familiar with this concept.

But you might be surprised to hear that ganking actually didn’t start in MOBAs at all. In fact, it didn’t even start in video games.

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