ESL and YouTube: Healthy Competition or Bad Business?

When it comes to watching esports competitions online, many people turn to Amazon’s popular streaming platform, Twitch. It's the largest streaming service among Western audiences, with 9.7 million daily active users. For many in the esports industry, livestreamed video...
Communication tools like Slack, Discord, and Twitch Desktop offer gamers a variety of different ways to communicate with one another.

Communication Tools for Gamers: Discord, Slack, and Twitch

Over the past decade, we've seen the rise and fall of many new social media platforms and communication apps. I'm old enough to remember when Facebook came and I remember how quickly people jumped ship from MySpace. Skype replaced MSN Messenger...
many games played at Olympic Cards and Comics on International Tabletop Day.

International Tabletop Day: A Celebration of Community

You'd think tabletop gaming was a dying art in the age of Candy Crush and Overwatch, but you couldn't be more wrong. Olympia is more than just the oft-forgotten capital of Washington. It's also home to a thriving and growing community...
Esports Burnout - Watching Dota

Esports Burnout and the Dreaded Work-Life Balance

The "work-life" balance is often discussed in professional circles. When I was interviewing for my day job, both employers made a point to bring it up with me during the interview. There are good reasons for this--it's important to...

Day[9] and Purge Launch Educational Dota Stream Series

Beloved esports personalities Day and Purge have teamed up for a new Twitch series: Day Learns Dota. Purge is perhaps most widely known for his introductory guide "Welcome to Dota, You Suck!" It's a modern esports classic--almost every new...

Streamline Preview: Streamer and Community Focused Gaming

In Streamline, players are not only dealing with their competitors, they're also dealing with their Twitch audience as they influence the pace of the game using integrated Twitch tools. Getting flashbacks to Twitch Plays Pokémon? We are too. The game was clearly...