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One of Counter-Strike’s Leading Analysts Wants You to Know Alex Jones Rules

Duncan "Thorin" Shields has a long history of racist jokes, among other things. But next month's big tournament in New York, he'll be on stage, talking about Counter-Strike.
Patrick Klepek
8.16.18
esports

​A Sliver of the Future: How Virtual Reality Pushes Esports' Boundaries

Is the newest wave of spectator sports already facing a huge evolution in how it's consumed?
B. David Zarley
2.13.17
esports

Rocket League Could Be eSports' Next Big Sensation

We've seen MOBAs, fighters and first-person shooters. Rocket League is something entirely different.
Matt Porter
5.10.16
Gaming

'Rainbow Six Siege' Scandal Shows Cheating Still Undermines eSports

Everyone thinks this player cheated, but did he?
Leif Johnson
4.24.16
Gaming

eSports Commentator Lauren Scott Talks Fame and the Rise of Competitive Gaming

Part of ESL's line-up of commentary talent, Scott risked a lot to make it in eSports—but now she's seeing it all pay off.
Mike Diver
3.8.16
Stuff

Being a Teenager is Hard Enough Without Having to Learn English as a Second Language

For immigrants who come to America as children and teenagers, adapting to a new language can make middle and high school feel like hell.
Chin Lu
2.22.16
lit up

Adderall Didn’t Make Me Better at 'Counter-Strike'

Performance enhancing drugs can keep you up, but they’re not going to magically make you better at video games.
Emanuel Maiberg
11.29.15
Gaming

eSports Union Demands More Money and Private Bathrooms Separate from Fans

A letter outlining demands is the first big step towards unionization.
Emanuel Maiberg
10.5.15
Germany

'Counter-Strike' Just Had Its Biggest eSports Event and Nobody Was on Adderall

This was the first ESL event with drug testing.
Emanuel Maiberg
8.25.15
News

If eSports Drug Tests Include Weed, It Must Make You Better at Games, Right?

The largest eSports organization in the world is randomly testing for weed as a performance enhancing drug.
Emanuel Maiberg
8.13.15
VICE vs Video games

eSports Has to Grow Up, and Drug-Testing Its Players Is an Important Step

As the ESL and Gfinity declare they're testing for performance-enhancing drugs, eSports is coming into line with more traditional athletic competitions.
Jake Tucker
8.3.15
Sports

Watching eSports Is About to Get Way More Intimate

An easier way to watch an eSports pro's POV.
Emanuel Maiberg
7.30.15
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