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What Do Esports Players Do After They're Done With Esports?

The trajectory of a professional gamer’s life plays out much like a tournament. A slow ascent in the beginning, a major breakthrough to the big time, and finally an explosion of success, a culmination of what they’ve been building toward for so long. It’s this success that drives pros: the few, glorious moments at the…

These Gamers With Disabilities Are Tournament Heroes

“I believe that you shouldn’t pick a nickname yourself — people should give you a nickname,” Dutch Street Fighter V player Sven van de Wege told me recently. When Sven entered his first tournament in Madrid last April, his screen name, which many players use to show off wild pseudonyms, was simply “Sven.”

Are Esports Really Sports?

For the millions of players and fans worldwide, there’s no question: Esports require training, endurance, mental focus, and, yes, physical precision that absolutely qualify them as a form of sports.

The Seven Hardest-to-Master Video Games of All Time

Why do we keep coming back to games that make us want to throw our controllers across the room? A hard video game is a measurable challenge. We play, we die, we play again. We practice, we memorize levels, and we find ourselves getting better. What we’re really doing is fine-tuning and honing our precision until we’ve…

Meet the CS:GO Team That Kicks Ass, Takes Names, and Is All-Female Meet the CS:GO Team That Kicks Ass, Takes Names, and Is All-Female

The world of esports is perceived as a boy’s club, so women in competitive gaming already face an uphill battle. But superior gameplay is superior gameplay, and precision skills are not the exclusive province of any gender.

Win a Trip to the Compete Showdown With Your Tale of Game-Move Mastery Win a Trip to the Compete Showdown With Your Tale of Game-Move Mastery

New Kotaku/Deadspin esports collabo Compete, in partnership with Gillette, is hosting the first-ever Compete Showdown on May 13. Attendees will get to test their skills against a Street Fighter V pro player, and you’re invited — if, that is, you have a great tale of precision to share with us.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Shot-Caller? Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Shot-Caller?

In traditional sports, leadership roles are well-defined — the quarterback sets the play, and the team listens up. In competitive gaming, the need is just as strong for someone who can make choices under pressure, who can quickly size up an opponent’s weakness and leverage his team’s strong points against them: a…

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