Watch the Detroit Renegades Prepare For the Rivalcade Rumble

The Detroit Renegades are a pro Overwatch team that lives and plays together in a house in Rochester, Michigan. We visited their home to watch them train and compete in the Rivalcade Rumble, as they strive to claim their first tournament victory together. The chemistry these guys have is infectious, and in this video,…

What's The Most Intense Fan Ritual You've Encountered?

There’s the “I refuse to shave my playoff beard” kind of fan, and then there’s the “I write my team’s name on a piece of paper and put it into a toad’s mouth” kind of fan — often soccer fans. To each their own. Soccer in particular, though, seems to engender some of the most bizarre “soccerstitions.” So what’s the…

Meet the Renegades, Six Pros Who Live Together and Play Overwatch

As esports become a bigger and bigger deal, one phenomenon that’s growing in popularity is the “team house.” Having a bunch of players live, game, and hang out together 24/7 (or close to it) is economical, but more importantly, it fosters the collaboration, precision, and team cohesion necessary to prevail in any…

A Porsche Scout (And Le Mans Champ) On How He Spots Racing Talent

Racing driver, talent scout, and Porsche Motorsport coach Sascha Maassen had been traveling for six weeks straight when I reached him via Skype. He was speaking from the Red Bull Ring in Austria, fresh off a flight from Japan where he had been at Fuji Speedway attending Round 3 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. In…

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…

An Audience With The King of Kong: Billy Mitchell 10 Years Later

It’s been a decade since the documentary The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters portrayed the feud between Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell as they vied for the title of worldwide Donkey Kong champion. The film enraptured audiences whether they loved games or not: the story was as universal and compelling as David and…

Beyond the Basement: How the Industry Gets Esports Pros Camera-Ready

Anyone who still clings to old stereotypes about professional gamers might be shocked by how polished the industry — and the pros themselves — look today. Pro gamers aren’t basement-dwelling nerds. They’re incredibly cool under pressure, they’re impeccably well-groomed, they give confident interviews, and they engage…