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Christian Pearson

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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...
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Esports Animated: The time n0thing pranked autimatic, put his finger in stunna's burger and more
Semi-retired superstar professional CS:GO player, streamer, analyst and caster Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert has been around the CS scene a long time.And after more than a decade at the top,...
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Deadpool vs The Super Smash Bros. Universe: Animated Clash of Characters
Deadpool — even movie Deadpool — is insanely powerful. With enhanced strength, the skills of an international mercenary and a healing factor that renders him nearly invincible, who could...
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Iron Man VS Samus: Animated Clash of Characters
Iron Man vs Samus — which power-suited hero reigns supreme? We decided to find out by pitting Marvel Comics' own billionaire genius superhero against the intergalactic bounty hunter and...
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Hanzo VS Ashe: Animated Clash of Characters
Hanzo vs. Ashe: the ultimate archer showdown. Our second episode of Animated Clash of Characters features two of esports' most recognizable characters.After duking it out last time to...
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Genji VS Yasuo: Animated Clash of Characters
Genji vs Yasuo. Ninja vs Samurai. Cyborg vs Wind Warrior. Two esports champions battle to death in the inaugural episode of Animated Clash of Characters.With Yasuo getting his fair share...