In addition to my freelance work, I’ve covered the esports beat at both GameTyrant and Upcomer; I’m currently a regular contributor at the former, and I was a freelance staff news writer for the latter between February and June 2019. I've listed my work with GameTyrant here—or you can check out my byline on the site. As a general news writer at Upcomer, I wrote too many pieces to list, but a full rundown of my articles is available on my author page. I occasionally write news for Esportz Network as well; I’ve listed my work with them here.


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The financial opportunities of pro gaming

In September 2019, I talked to Super Smash Bros. professionals at three levels—elite, journeyman, and hometown hero—to write a comprehensive breakdown of the financial opportunities available to Smash competitors for Policygenius.

I’ve also covered the logistical and cultural issues preventing many Super Smash Bros. major events from turning a significant profit. This article was part of ESPN's lead-in to Genesis 5. 


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Women of G Fuel

In August 2019, I masterminded WOMEN OF G FUEL, an interview series shining a spotlight on the accomplishments and careers of some of the female streamers on G Fuel’s sponsorship team. I kicked off the series by interviewing ONE_shot_GURL.


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#MPGR Summer 2019

In July 2019, I wrote blurbs for the Melee Panda Global Rankings describing the accomplishments of Leffen, Swedish Delight, KJH, Michael, and Magi during the first half of the year.


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Smash Ultimate Summit

In March 2019, I interviewed Ezra “Samsora” Morris to preview the first Smash Ultimate Summit, then wrote a brief recap of the event after it finished.


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Frostbite 2019

In February 2019, I covered Frostbite 2019 for ESPN, writing a comprehensive preview and recap of the event.


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#MPGR2018

In January 2019, I wrote blurbs for the Melee Panda Global Rankings describing the accomplishments of 2saint, Crush and Armada over the past year. As Crush and Armada retired in 2018, my blurbs were a send-off for these players describing their careers and legacies as a whole.


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Genesis 6

In January 2019, I covered Genesis 6 for ESPN Esports, writing a comprehensive preview breaking down each Melee “god’s” prospects in the event’s Smash Ultimate tournament. My wrap-up of the event included recaps of both Melee and Ultimate—all in under 700 words.


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Smash Ultimate rulesets

In January 2019, I talked to a trio of Smash Ultimate tournament organizers to learn how they tackled the unique challenge of creating a ruleset for a brand-new Smash title. Read the article here!


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Smashin’ the Closet

In January 2019, I profiled Sasha “Magi” Sullivan, the first trans or female player to qualify for Melee’s top 100.


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Don’t Park On The Grass 2018

In December 2018, I covered Don’t Park On The Grass 2018 for ESPN. In order to provide a balanced preview of the first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate major, I interviewed top players from both Smash 4 and Melee to get their thoughts on the game. After the tournament, I wrote a recap of its Smash Ultimate and Melee brackets.


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Smash Summit 7

In November 2018, I interviewed Hungrybox in order to write a wrap-up of his 2018 season as part of ESPN’s lead-in to Smash Summit 7. After his successful title run, I wrote ESPN’s recap of the event.


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Canada Cup 2018

In October 2018, I worked with ESPN Esports to cover Duck’s astounding 3-0 upset over Hungrybox and the rest of the action at Canada Cup 2018, a premier Toronto fighting game event.


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Clutch Gaming vs. Bilibili Gaming

In October 2018, I reported on the first-ever Riot Games-sanctioned international friendly between members of the North American League Championship Series and the Tencent League of Legends Pro League: an exhibition match between Clutch Gaming and Bilibili Gaming.


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The Big House 8

In October 2018, I wrote a preview and a recap of The Big House 8 for ESPN Esports.


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A new challenger approaches: The rise of Zain

In early August 2018, I pitched a profile of up-and-coming Melee player Zain Naghmi to ESPN Esports. A few weeks later, he won his first major title. I released my profile shortly afterwards, interviewing Zain on multiple occasions in order to learn about his career, goals, and mindset.


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Shine 2018

In August 2018, I traveled to Boston for Shine 2018, writing comprehensive coverage of the event for ESPN Esports. I wrote a preview of the tournament providing information about its top seeds and a recap of the event detailing Zain "Zain" Naghmi's historic victory over Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma in grand finals.


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Super Smash Con 2018

In August 2018, I covered Super Smash Con 2018 for ESPN Esports, talking to the tournament organizers in order to write a comprehensive preview. At the tournament's end, I wrote a brief recap of the event for ESPN.


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MPGR Summer 2018

I wrote ten of the fifty blurbs used in the official Super Smash Bros. Melee top-50 world rankings released in late July 2018, including blurbs for Overtriforce, Captain Faceroll, Bladewise, MikeHaze, Trif, Syrox, ARMY, Ryan Ford, Westballz, and aMSa. In addition to my writing work on these rankings, I edited an additional six blurbs for other contributing writers.


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CEO 2018

In June 2018, I covered Melee at Community Effort Orlando 2018 for ESPN Esports, interviewing top player Justin "Wizzrobe" Hallett to get his thoughts during the lead-up to the event and recapping the event the day that it finished.


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Game Changer

In June 2018, I extensively researched trends in the Melee scene and talked to tournament organizers and community leaders in order to write a thinkpiece for HTC Esports about the way that netplay has changed and will change the structure of the scene.


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Smash'N'Splash 4

In May 2018, I previewed Smash'N'Splash 4 for ESPN Esports.


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Combo Breaker 2018

In May 2018, I covered the Melee bracket at fighting game community major Combo Breaker 2018 for ESPN Esports, writing a comprehensive preview and recap of the event.


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Smash Summit 6

In May 2018, I covered Smash Summit 6 for ESPN Esports, spending hours interviewing top players in order to provide as comprehensive a report as possible in both my preview and recap of the invitational event.

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Full Bloom 4

In March 2018, I covered Super Smash Bros. Melee major Full Bloom 4 for ESPN Esports, writing a preview and recap of the event. For the preview, I interviewed several of the tournament organizers in order to get their take on the factors that led to the growth and success of Indiana's biggest grassroots tournament series.


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The Melee Games

In February 2018, I worked with HTC Esports to publish From Game Over to Global Exposure: An Oral History of The Melee Games. To complete this project—a comprehensive history of the past, present, and future of the world's first collegiate Smash league—I interviewed a number of the individuals involved in its development, including the league's founder, its current directors, and a high-level competitor. 


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GENESIS 5

I covered Plup's historic victory at GENESIS 5 for ESPN Esports.


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GENESIS 5

I wrote about the ominous decrease in Melee's major attendance as part of ESPN's lead-in to GENESIS 5 in January 2018.


SSBMRank 2017

In late 2017, I wrote and edited blurbs for the 2017 year-end top 100 Melee rankings. I wrote eleven of the 100 blurbs that Red Bull eSports published, including those of Leffen, La Luna, Lucky, Crush, ChuDat, Colbol, Amsah, Prince Abu, Abate, Junebug, and Drunksloth.


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The rise of Crush

In December 2017, I profiled Jack "Crush" Hoyt, one of Melee's rising stars, for ESPN Esports. The article was very well-received, reaching the top of both major Smash subreddits and garnering over one hundred retweets (and over a thousand likes) on ESPN Esports' official Twitter post.


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The Quest for Control

In November 2017, I teamed up with HTC Esports to write The Quest for Control, a longform piece exploring the relationship between the Smash scene's obsession with its controllers, the controller-related issues facing the community at the time, and the future of the competitive scene.

 


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Why Your Main Sucks: Jigglypuff

This is only tangentially esports-related, but in November 2017, I wrote a Super Smash-themed humor piece for Bad Melee, a humor blog popular within the Smash community. The piece quickly reached the top of both r/smashbros and r/ssbm and was very well-received by the community, with the exception of a few individuals who didn't realize it was satire.

 


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Smash Summit 5

In November 2017, I covered Smash Summit 5 for ESPN, writing a preview and recap of the event. In order to write a comprehensive preview, I interviewed several top players, including Hungrybox, Crush, and MikeHaze.


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The Big House 7

In October 2017, I covered Plup's historic upset over Armada at The Big House 7 for ESPN. ESPN Esports later included my coverage in a rundown of contenders for their 2017 Moment of the Year award.


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GameTyrant Expo

In September 2017, I wrote ESPN's recap coverage of GameTyrant Expo. The piece stayed on top of r/smashbros for well over 24 hours and received over 50 retweets on ESPN Esports' official account.


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Shine 2018

In August 2017 I travelled to Shine to write an article for ESPN Esports. At the event, I interviewed some of the individuals involved in the tournament's seeding and wrote a breakdown of the Melee major tournament seeding process


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SSBMRank Summer 2017

I wrote blurbs describing the accomplishments of three top-50 Melee players for Red Bull eSports' summer rankings feature. These players were Armada, Captain Smuckers, and Mafia; however, due to an editing error that has not yet been corrected, I haven't included Mafia's blurb in this portfolio. I'm happy to provide the original, unedited manuscript of that blurb by request.