Tony Hawk, Person, Business.

A picture of a halfpipe branded with “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD”

It is so easy to dissociate the various incarnations of Tony Hawk that it’s become a recurring bit. He runs into someone at a restaurant or in an airport who knows what “Tony Hawk” is in theory but has trouble accepting that it’s something that the…


Maru wins the Global StarCraft II League Super Tournament

In 2010, when Cho Seong-ju made his professional broadcast debut there were people in the studio watching. It wasn’t notable then but the camera operators were also not wearing masks. In the time since, many StarCraft II events have dispensed with…


A picture of a crumbling industry and the people left doing their best to navigate an unworkable landscape

On November 7th, Spectrum News Hudson Valley posted a human interest interview about one of Sports Illustrated’s newer freelance correspondents. I am not typing out their name here for two reasons: in…


It’s just business.

Liz Carmouche is no longer under contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Her job description for the company was “cage fighting against other professional athletes,” but it’s awkward to say that she was “fired” or “laid off” from it, exactly. The UFC has done considerable lobbying, labor…


It’s time to stop thinking about video games as singularities.

It’s not all that important whether Leonardo da Vinci coined the phrase “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” The idea has been expressed by countless other creators too, but regardless, it’s widely believed there are at least two versions of…


The amazon is burning now. To be fair, things were not great before the usual annihilating tendencies of capitalism merged with Jair Bolsonaro’s monstrous authoritarianism to light the rain forest on fire, but the flames have not improved things. This is not to single out Brazil or an individual blaze…


The magic of Outer Wilds — and it is magic — doesn’t come from unprecedented building blocks. The pieces it is constructed from are full of familiar parallels and influences; it’s like The Arrival, or like Groundhog Day, or like 2001, or like a variety of other recognizable touchstones. It’s…


As I write this, the horrible dystopian thing that is being discussed today in video game circles is an article by Drew Harwell in the Washington Post. The story details Activision Blizzard’s use of the pregnancy tracking app Ovia on its employees, the human beings responsible for turning the business…


Rachael Ostovich and Greg Hardy in the UFC.

[CW: Domestic violence, references to other sports-related crimes and allegations]

Since signing a 1.5 billion dollar deal to air their fights on ESPN platforms, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been working to solidify the lineup for their premiere ESPN+ event. …


If you are reading this you are probably aware of Conor McGregor. If not, it is not for lack of effort on the UFC’s part. McGregor is the biggest star in mixed martial arts and the UFC’s most lucrative draw by a huge margin. …

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