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Top 20 Gaming Influencers

Posted by Daniel Robetson on

1. PewDiePie (Remains #1 as of January 2018) Felix Kjellberg, better known as Pewdiepie, is a gaming YouTuber popular for his Let's Play videos, many of which focus on horror-themed games (Silent Hill, Dead Island), Minecraft, and a myriad of flash games. Recently, the Swedish internet sensation has leveraged his fame to develop the YouTube Red series "Scare Pewdiepie," which places the YouTuber "inside" the terrifying games he plays, and launched his own MCN, Revelmode. The first YouTube star toexceed 10 billion video views, Pewdiepie commands the attention of over 46 million followers (dubbed the "Bro Army") and, according to the Washington Post, his popularity has led to an "Oprah Effect" wherein games...

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What are esports players competing for?

Posted by Hakan Koc on

Resistance is futile: eSports is massive ... and growing THERE'S A FORMULA for stories like this one: Open with a stadium full of screaming fans. Zoom in on the contestants, sweating from the intensity of the competition. Then comes the incredulous reveal: This isn't basketball or boxing or even billiards. It's eSports-and the "athletes" are headset-wearing, energy-drink-guzzling gamers. But enough of all that! More than 20 years after the first video game tournaments, top eSports tournaments now draw audiences that rival the biggest traditional sporting events; popular midweek live streams routinely attract more than 100,000 online viewers. Coke and Nissan...

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What sort of games can be an esport?

Posted by Hakan Koc on

The games themselves can come in a wide variety of formats, although there's two main variants nowadays: first-person shooters, 'MOBAs'. First-person shooter is self-explanatory, while MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena.  That's the first bit of jargon you'll need to know for esports. Generally, MOBAs are all about two teams playing as heroes with unique abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. The goal is to kill the opponents to gain an advantage and destroy their base on the opposite site of the map. By killing oppponents, they gain gold and experience, which can be used to improve the character. League of Legends...

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