The Biggest December 2022 Video Game Releases

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, GOOD PEOPLE! As we’ve now reached the final month of the year, a final batch of dope games is set to release and make some viable stocking stuffers. December is coming through with one of the most terrifying horror games of the year, a Marvel Comics take on the strategy RPG trappings of XCOM, and the much-anticipated return of Need for Speed. Besides all the amazing gifts we’ve previously recommended for the gamers in your life, here is a lineup of the biggest December 2022 video game releases.

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December 2022 Video Game Releases

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‘Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song Remastered’ – December 1 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

One of Square Enix’s lesser-known JRPG releases is the SNES’ Romancing SaGa, which surprisingly got a PS2 remake in 2005. Now that game is making yet another return in remastered form with all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from games of its ilk. Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song Remastered will arrive with improved visuals, a new playable party member named Aldora, a collection of even more recruitable characters, and quality-of-life improvements that make playing it way less of a chore. The game’s original free scenario storyline system remains intact and gives first-time players a fun way toward experiencing the story of one of eight unique protagonists.

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‘The Callisto Protocol’ – December 2 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

For fans of Dead Space, this spiritual successor has all the markings of the next great video game sci-fi thriller. Glen Schofield, who is actually the creator and executive producer behind that Necromorph-filled franchise, is one of the directors behind this new outer space horror romp. What lies at the heart of The Callisto Protocol is one man’s fight for survival while trapped within a prison colony set up on Jupiter’s moon Callisto. That hellish mission puts the main character (named Jason Lee) against hideous terrors that are capable of ripping him apart in the most gruesome ways. You’ll need to bludgeon and blast those alien threats to bloody bits as you try to escape the Black Iron prison and get to the bottom of the warden’s role in everything at hand.

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‘Marvel’s Midnight Suns’ – December 2 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC – Steam)

Marvel Comics meets XCOM? Yep, it’s totally a real thing! And it’s arriving in the form of this tactical strategy RPG full of iconic and underrated superhero banding together to fight an otherworldly evil. You’ll need to lead them all with your custom warrior known simply as “The Hunter,” who is actually the offspring of the game’s main protagonist known as Lilith, Mother of Demons. Marvel’s Midnight Suns feature a combat system governed by collectible cards, proper battlefield spacing, and the usage of powerful abilities from Marvel’s best. The game’s relationship-building mechanics and upgradable hub (“The Abbey”) also provide players with more to do once all the Hydra army busting wraps up.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Marvel’s Midnight Suns.

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‘Need for Speed Unbound’ – December 2 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC – Steam)

Anyone who’s played any of the Need for Speed: Underground games knows just how much of an amazing racing gameplay formula that sub-series is known for. Need for Speed Unbound looks to be a welcome return to form for the series that goes all-in on the street racing subculture. What sticks out the most here is the game’s cel-shading and graffiti art style, which affords it a dope visual palette all its own. The fictional city of Lakeshore City will be your playground here as you engage in some hype street racing where big bets can be made, new rides can be acquired, and your reputation (which marks the return of the “Heat” system) grows over time. Since Criterion Games (the development studio behind the Burnout series) is working on this one, our hopes are very high for this new NFS being awesome.

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‘Hello Neighbor 2’ – December 6 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

The original Hello Neighbor caught everyone’s attention as it played upon that one fear of being followed by an unrelenting neighbor whose house you happen to be trapped in. The long-awaited sequel makes the return of that creep pursuer with newly improved AI behaviors that change up over time to keep you guessing all the while. Hello Neighbor 2 expands upon the house-exploring formula of the original with a whole town to explore, multiple characters to steer clear of, and a whole new mystery to uncover within the seemingly harmless locale of Raven Brooks. This one’s coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one for Cloud, Console, and PC.

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‘Samurai Maiden’ – December 8 (PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

D3 Publisher’s games embrace the best parts of Otaku culture – we’re talkin’ rampaging kaiju’s, sword-wielding zombie killers, and even costumed martial-arts heroes/heroines. Their next release goes the sword-wielding route once again. But this time, the young lady going on a trek here is a modern-day hero who’s been taken back to the Sengoku period to defeat undead minions. With her katana in hand and a whole host of ladies armed with their own weaponry, Samurai Maiden’s main protagonist should have everything she needs to defeat the Demon Lord of the Sengoku period. This is one of those December 2022 video game releases that cater to fans of melee-focused action/adventure games.

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‘Choo-Choo Charles’ – December 9 (PC – Steam)

Choo-Choo Charles looks to be one of those end-of-year game releases that could become the next big horror game everyone wants to stream. Based on the simple concept of this game, it’s easy to see why. This single-player experience challenges you to navigate a huge island on an old train, upgrade it as much as possible, summon a demonic spider train, and take the fight to it with your powered-up train right alongside you. Find those scraps, turn your train into a formidable opponent for Choo-Choo Charles, and shoot it right to where it came from with your devastating machine gun!

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‘Dragon Quest Treasures’ – December 9 (Nintendo Switch)

Any of you guys and gals reading this list play Dragon Quest XI? Then you obviously know who Erik is. He makes his return here in chibi-sized form in a fun spinoff adventure that brings his sister Mia to the forefront. Their dual adventure comes in the form of this Nintendo Switch exclusive called Dragon Quest Treasures, which is a spirited treasure-hunting romp that lets you call on the aid of assorted Dragon Quest monsters. It’s on you to find plenty of loot, fend off encroaching monsters, and peruse through each and every hidden corner of the vast locale of Draconia.

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‘Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion’ – December 13 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

Square Enix’s dedication to remaking Final Fantasy VII and dedicating new projects to the game continues! One of the more shocking releases coming from that nostalgia-fueled effort is a complete remaster of the PSP spinoff game that focuses on the prequel exploits of Zack Fair. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion brings the former handheld exclusive to current-gen consoles with a stronger visual presentation, gameplay changes that make combat scenarios way more enjoyable, and crispier-looking cutscenes. Now you’ll get to revisit Zack’s pre-FF VII adventures and see his interactions with the likes of Sephiroth and more.

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‘High on Life’ – December 13 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

The name Justin Roiland should pique the interest of fans that adore Rick and Morty. Squanch Games, a development/publishing studio started by him and Tanya Watson, have a new game coming out that’s sure to deliver moments of twisted humor and wild gunfights with talking guns. That trippy title is called High on Life, which features a mind-bending storyline centered on a bounty hunter fighting to save humanity from aliens that only use them as drugs. Taking that extraterrestrial foe down means you’ll need to shoot them down with guns that chat with you as you go to work. Those guns feature the voice talents of JB Smoove, Justin Roiland, and more. High on Life is surely the weirdest selection in this collection of December 2022 video game releases. This one’s also coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one for Cloud, Console, and PC.

Console Ports

‘Eastward’ – December 1 (Xbox One)

‘Inscryption’ – December 1 (Nintendo Switch)

‘The Outbound Ghost’ – December 1 (Nintendo Switch)

‘Shirone: The Dragon Girl’ – December 1 (PS4)

‘Hindsight’ – December 6 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One)

‘Shredders’ – December 6 (PS5)

‘Sky: Children of Light’ – December 6 (PS4)

‘The Rumble Fish Original Arcade’ – December 8 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

‘The Rumble Fish 2’ – December 8 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

‘Cyber Hook’ – December 9 (PS4)

‘Jitsu Squad’ – December 9 (PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch)

‘Neon White’ – December 13 (PS5, PS4)

‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition’ – December 14 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S)

‘Azure Striker Gunvolt 3’ – December 15 (PS5, PS4)

‘GRIME’ – December 15 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One)

‘Wave Break’ – December 21 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)

‘Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth’ – December 22 (PS5, PS4)

Popular Culture

The 26 Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time, Ranked

Being exposed to anime means you’ve also been exposed to some of the most dominant characters in all of media. If you’ve gotten sucked into the many action-focused anime series that populate the genre, then you already have a ton of names on the tip of your tongue for the list focused on the most powerful anime character. There are just so many options to choose from whenever you get the courage to answer this tough question – there are superpowers aliens, master psychokineses users, ninjitsu-powered individuals, overpowered pirates, etc. to choose from. The 26 anime icons we’ve placed onto this list are all viable picks when it’s time to crown one of them as the most unstoppable anime character there ever was and ever will be.

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26. Kenshiro
‘Fist of the North Star’
Toei Animation

“Omae wa mō shinde iru.” That translates to “You are already dead.” And whenever Kenshiro uttered that remarkable phrase, you already knew his latest victim was about to explode into bloody bits. The First of the North Star is defined by the furious fisticuffs and nasty footwork of this post-apocalyptic hero. As the master of the ancient art of assassination called Hokuto Shinken, Kenshiro went full Bruce Lee on a multitude of weak and super-strong rivals (Shin, for instance). Kenshiro’s the type of guy that’d hold his own against the other anime martial artists on this list. – Elton Jones

25. Muzan Kibutsuji
‘Demon Slayer’
Aniplex of America

Tanjiro’s whole reason for joining the Demon Slayer Corps is that he wants to end this man. It’s certainly not going to be an easy mission to see through to a successful end – Muzan Kibutsuji’s immense blood-focused energy, his status as the “King of the Demons,” and his menacing stature paint him as Demon Slayer’s terrifying final boss. When he managed to disappear into the crowd so quickly after turning an innocent bystander into a demon, it became clear that Kibutsuji is nothing to play with. – Elton Jones

24. Straw Hat Luffy
‘One Piece’
Toei Animation

Straw Hat Luffy isn’t even one of the top five strongest characters in One Piece. That said, he had to get a spot on this list because of his untapped potential. The show is still going on, so by the end, who knows? If this was a list of the anime characters with the most heart, he’d be right at the top. He’s certainly gotten exceptionally stronger throughout the run of the anime and has taken down some foes much stronger than him on paper. For all that and being the future King of the Pirates, he’s gotta be on the list. – Charlie Kolbrener

23. All Might
‘My Hero Academia’

All Might’s glory days may be far behind him, but no one will forget the heroic exploits of the former #1 hero in the world. From his young days right up until his final clash with his greatest rival All for One. As the eighth recipient of the One For All Quirk, All Might pulled off some inspiring feats of strength and superheroism that made him appear to be damn near unstoppable. His fists do immeasurable damage via special moves such as the cleverly named New Hampshire Smash, Oklahoma Smash, and United States of Smash. – Elton Jones

22. Tanjiro Kamado
‘Demon Slayer’
Aniplex of America

Tanjiro Kamado went from a weak and timid forest dweller to one of the most fearsome members of the Demon Slayer Corps. The tumultuous event that led to him and his sister embarking on a journey of revenge has turned Kamado into a highly-effective sword wielder. Since picking up his signature weapon, Kamado has showcased some staggering feats of skill – his enemies have been on the receiving end of his decapitating Water Form attacks and have paid the ultimate price for it. It’s going to be fun to see where Kamado’s power level goes by the time he reaches the end of his journey. – Elton Jones

21. Kaido
‘One Piece’
Toei Animation

Beastmaster Kaido has to find his place on this list simply because he’s one of the only ultra-powerful One Piece characters that we’ve actually witnessed. He is an immensely powerful Haki user with an incredible Devil Fruit power and enormous stature and prowess as one of the Four Emperors. Rocks D. Xebec has been becoming a growing part of the lore in recent chapters and episodes, but when it comes to characters we’ve actually seen in combat, Kaido has to be the strongest. Nonetheless, compared to some of the planet-demolishing characters on this list, even the strongest One Piece characters pale in comparison. – Charlie Kolbrener

20. Yusuke Urameshi
‘YuYu Hakusho’

Yusuke Urameshi not only has some of the best drip we’ve seen in an anime, but he also has access to spiritual capabilities that kept him alive during some death-defying scraps. This famed Spirit Detective blows the opposition away with his Spirit Gun, does even more ranged damage with his Spirit Shotgun, and can rip them apart as efficiently as possible via his Mazoku Form transformation. By the time YuYu Hakusho finally came to an end, Yusuke emerged as a true force to be reckoned with. – Elton Jones

19. Izuku Midoriya
‘My Hero Academia’

The prospect of just how uber-powerful Izuku Midoriya could be by the end of My Hero Academia is so hype! In his current state, the current wielder of the One for All Quirk has grown into a fine young superhero. And thanks to an abundance of school training and life-or-death situations that have pushed him to his limit, young Midoriya has figured out new ways to fully tap into this super moveset. The immense power that he put on display at his 100% form against Kai Chisaki’s full form shows just how badass Midoriya can be. – Elton Jones

18. Shanks
‘One Piece’
Toei Animation

Similar to Gold D. Roger, we have to rely on hearsay a lot when it comes to Shanks. The recent film One Piece: Red provides a little more information about the enigmatic character, but if we’re sticking strictly to the anime, he’s still shrouded in a lot of mystery. We mostly know that he possesses some of the most powerful Haki in One Piece, is one of the Four Emperors, and boasts a $4 billion berry bounty. He—like Gold D. Roger—does not possess a Devil Fruit ability, making his strength all the more impressive. – Charlie Kolbrener

17. Gon Freecss
‘Hunter x Hunter’

Spoiler warning: Gon is a pretty special case on this list. By the end of the show, he no longer possesses the ability to use Nen, making him a pretty weak character. That said, at his peak, when he manages to imbue himself with all of the power he would ever possess in order to defeat Neferpitou, he becomes—for a brief moment—potentially the strongest character in all of Hunter x Hunter. There’s a moment where Pitou seems fearful that he could even defeat Meruem in such a state. For that, he’s got to nab a spot on this list. – Charlie Kolbrener

16. Enki
‘Yu Yu Hakusho’

We honestly don’t know a ton about Enki. That said, Yu Yu Hakusho’s final arc gets rushed and cut pretty short, with Yusuke abruptly waking up to find out that Enki has won the Demon World Tournament. And with our knowledge of the other participants in the tourney (most notably, Yomi), it is clear that he is an unimaginable force to be reckoned with. Yomi was able to defeat an Upper S class Yusuke in his Mazukou Form (if you recall, Toguro is deemed B-class at the end of the Dark Tournament Arc), meaning that Enki’s power must be truly inconceivable. – Charlie Kolbrener

15. Light Yagami
‘Death Note’

Including Light Yagami on the list is sort of cheating. He, without the Death Note, is by no means “powerful.” That said, armed with the show’s eponymous book, he is essentially able to kill or manipulate anyone at his whim. So although he doesn’t possess the power to defeat any of the other members of this list in a true duel, his power is pretty boundless when it comes to the rules set up by the Death Note. – Charlie Kolbrener

14. Gol D. Roger
‘One Piece’
Toei Animation

Because of the expansive nature of the One Piece universe, a lot of the characters that we know to be the most powerful are actually those we’ve seen the least. So we’re left to trust the lore and the descriptions left by the contemporary characters who knew them. When it comes to raw power, Gol D. Roger was certainly an unmatched combatant, but his “power” grows even more in light of the fact that he spurred the Great Pirate Era. Thus, he can be credited with catalyzing the power of a myriad of other earth-shattering characters across the Grand Line. Although we may have seen some pretty incredibly powerful characters in the show’s 1,000-episode run, Gol D. Roger is probably still the most powerful character, both physically and culturally. – Charlie Kolbrener

13. Chairman Netero
‘Hunter x Hunter’

Until the Chimera Ant arc, Chairman Netero was firmly cemented as the strongest character in the Hunter x Hunter universe (excluding anyone on the Dark Continent). His incredible work ethic and training made him the strongest Nen-user on the planet, but even his power paled in comparison to Meruem. He boasts the coolest Nen ability of any character in the entire show—and potentially one of the coolest powers in all anime writ large. – Charlie Kolbrener

12. Naruto Uzumaki

As is the case with a lot of Shonen anime, often our beloved protagonist is one of the strongest characters in the lore. The Hero of the Hidden Leaf’s ability to create gigantic Chakra creatures often means he can punch a bit above his weight class. So while Kaguya may be the definitive most powerful character in the universe, Naruto’s confidence and techniques (which develop throughout the show) make him a force to be reckoned with. – Charlie Kolbrener

11. Tetsuo Shima
Streamline Pictures

The destructive power that Tetsuo Shima holds within his average frame was put on display in the most fascinating fashion in the genre-defining anime film, Akira. His psychic abilities led to untold levels of carnage that had an entire military, the Espers, and his own friend Shotaro Kaneda trying everything to stop him. When Shima loses full control over his powers at the end of Akira, it’s hard to imagine him losing to some of the other characters on this list. – Elton Jones

10. Kaguya Otsutsuki

Kaguya Otsutsuki is one of those classic Shonen anime characters whose power is fully boundless. It’s the kind of character that Saitama and One Punch Man was created in response to. A member of the all-powerful Ōtsutsuki clan and the first wielder of chakra on earth, it’s sort of just accepted knowledge now that Kaguya is the most powerful character in the Narutoverse. – Charlie Kolbrener

9. Yhwach
TV Tokyo / Hulu

Yhwach is another classic “you can’t believe how strong this dude is” type of character. The son of the Soul King, Yhwach boasts a pretty wide range of unique abilities, including the ability to impart pieces of his soul to other living beings. I won’t lie, I have yet to finish Bleach. But when I asked my friends who have watched it who the most powerful character was, I received a scoff, and then: “Yhwach.” – Charlie Kolbrener

8. Gojo
‘Jujutsu Kaisen’

Jujutsu Kaisen is still just getting started, but they’ve managed to do a pretty good job demonstrating just how powerful Gojo is in a short amount of time. We’ve yet to see him face any foe that can even make him sweat, so we barely know the true extent of his power. He’s also one of the sauciest dudes in all of anime, so we might be putting him a little too high on this list for the cool factor alone. – Charlie Kolbrener

7. Meruem
‘Hunter x Hunter’

Meruem is the most powerful character in Hunter x Hunter. And while a lot of HxH characters rank lower on this list because of how seemingly low their power scaling seems compared to Dragon Ball and other worlds, Meruem earns this ranking because of how untapped his power is by the conclusion of the show. By the conclusion of the Chimera Ant arc, he isn’t even a few months old yet and has yet to develop a Nen ability, but he’s already unthinkably powerful, only able to be defeated by something as seemingly mundane as vicious radiation poisoning. If he had spent years training like Meruem, he very well could have become a planet-destroying power fit for the pages of Dragon Ball. – Charlie Kolbrener

6. Beerus
‘Dragon Ball Super’
Bandai Namco Entertainment

Goku couldn’t even defeat this dude by the time Battle of the Gods came to a close. Even with his new Super Saiyan God form pushing him past his limits, Goku still couldn’t definitively finish off the famed God of Destruction known as Beerus. This fearsome feline gets a nod on this list of picks for the most powerful anime character since no one can seemingly defeat someone who’s capable of destroying planets in a split second. – Elton Jones

5. Shigeo Kageyama
‘Mob Psycho 100’

Tapping into one’s latent psychokinetic powers is the best method toward becoming one of the scariest beings on Earth. In the case of Shigeo Kageyama, he’s just scratching the surface of his power and is already known for defeating his foes with relative ease. All the proof you need of Shigo’s frightening esper abilities is via his epic battle with Hanazawa Teruki. As Mob Psycho 100 keeps rolling along, we’re all gonna be treated to even more devastating displays of power from this superpowered Esper. – Elton Jones

4. Whis
‘Dragon Ball Super’
Bandai Namco Entertainment

Anyone that’s formidable enough to train both Goku and Vegeta without catching a landing blow from either Saiyan warrior has to be considered among the candidates for the most powerful anime character. Beerus even gets the fear of god put into him whenever Whis make some sort of idle threat toward him! His unassuming appearance led many to believe Whis was nothing more than a lowly handler for the God of Destruction. But once avid Dragon Ball Super viewers saw how easily he knocked Beerus out and how he didn’t even break a sweat during a sparring session with Goku, they were convinced of Whis’ shockingly high power level. – Elton Jones

3. Vegeta
‘Dragon Ball Z’
Bandai Namco Entertainment

It’s hard being a Vegeta fan – for as many triumphs the so-called “Prince of All Saiyans” has experienced, he’s also been dealt some devastating losses. Even still, he’s always managed to keep up with his rival Go…well, Kakaraot. Vegeta’s power is scary as hell in action – he’s consistently upgraded himself to insane levels of Super Saiyandom. He can definitely get the nod as someone who could be labeled as the most powerful anime character due to his amazing abilities (that Final Flash of his has always been mean!) and penchant for fighting to his very last breath. – Elton Jones

2. Goku
‘Dragon Ball’
Toei Animation

Goku’s Saiyan strength has ascended to the point where he’s going toe to toe with his universe’s God of Destruction and sparring with its Guide Angel Attendant. Ever since he made his grand debut in the original Dragon Ball, Goku has mastered Master Roshi’s Turtle School teachings, tapped into the Kaio-ken technique, gone crazy as a Super Saiyan with multiple forms, and even upgraded to the ultimate level with his Ultra Instinct formation. It’s easy to bring up Goku as the most powerful anime character since he’s defeated so many friends and foes with the strongest abilities possible (that Dragon Fist of his is especially deadly!). – Elton Jones

1. Saitama
‘One Punch Man’
Viz Media

Whenever people argue about power scaling and Saitama, they miss the point. The very logic of One Punch Man is simple: he can defeat any enemy in one punch. There is no amount of strength another character could possess to defeat him; there is no list of accolades or enemies befallen that comprise a prerequisite to his defeat. It’s a running gag in the show. They will present an otherworldly being with a resumé that rivals Goku or any other galaxy-crushing level threat. The episode builds up the villain’s immense power with a history of battles, their incredible abilities, and their unquenchable bloodlust. Then, with the strength it takes for an adult to defeat a gnat, Saitama—glistening from his daily 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 air squats, and a 10-km run—defeats the titan in a single punch.

He is the most powerful anime character of all time simply because that is the very premise of the show. – Charlie Kolbrener

Popular Culture

The 30 Best Fighting Movies of All Time

An unrivaled adrenaline rush is derived from watching a hyperactive, action-packed sequence take place on the big screen. And there’s a particular brand of high-octane brutality that comes from watching movies full of brutal hand-to-hand combat mixed in with sick kicks and the clashing of steel on steel. The best fighting movies encapsulate the type of action that makes you shadowbox and walk with a new sense of intensity after you watch one of them in the theatre. Allow us to recommend you all 30 highly entertaining films that put the most famous and inspiring action movie stars on display. We’re going to cover a wide gamut of the best fighting movies here, folks – we’re talking martial arts flicks, boxing films, a cinematic sci-fi pioneer, and more. So without further ado, let’s get into some big-screen action!

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Best Fighting Movies
Miramax Films

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1. ‘Enter the Dragon’

We’d have to be sentenced to solitary confinement if we made a list of the best fighting movies and did not mention the legend that is Bruce Lee. The iconic founder of Jeet Kune Do made waves as a cinematic GOAT as he starred in a wealth of films that defined the martial-arts movie genre. One of his best posthumous onscreen performances is Enter the Dragon, which is an amazing film where Lee brawls with the best during a sinister karate tournament. Lee’s underground prison infiltration scene sees him put in work on a bunch of hapless victims and deliver one of the best action sequences of all time.

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2. ‘Bloodsport’

Jean-Claude Van Damme was in his bag as the U.S. soldier who battles his way through the toughest foes imaginable during a high-stakes martial arts competition. Bloodsport is MMA before it even had a name – Damme and his fellow Kumite competitors use a variety of martial arts disciplines, which comes through in the form of exciting matchups that make this film such a fun watch. The final battle that takes place here between Damme and Bolo Yeung will always be a highlight-worthy encounter.

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3. ‘Rocky’

Chances are you, your fam, your friends, and anyone that’s a Philly native have seen this movie hundreds of times already. Even still, it bears mentioning how much of a triumph this Sylvester Stallone-fronted film is and always will be. The very first Rocky is all about coming from underneath, never giving up, and shocking the world with one’s undying passion & tenacity. You can’t help but root for Stallone here as he does everything in his power to overcome his rival in Appolo Creed. That Rocky theme song will always get us ready to run in the cold, boy!

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4. ‘Raging Bull’

This biographical film follows the boxing exploits of Jake LaMotta, which were amazingly detailed in the 1970 memoir Raging Bull: My Story. And in cinematic form, Robert De Niro embodies the indomitable spirit of the real-life pugilist during his in-ring clashes with the likes of Jimmy Reeves and the great Sugar Ray Robinson. De Niro’s acting here is top notch and his in-ring acumen comes through wonderfully during his epic defeat of Sugar Ray.

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5. ‘Gladiator’

“ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?” How can you not get goosebumps every time you hear that epic proclamation? If you don’t know where it comes from, just know it’s delivered by Russell Crowe’s Maximus, who fights for dear life throughout the entirety of Gladiator. You’ll get the ultimate adrenaline rush as you watch Maximus fight alongside his fellow warriors in the ultimate coliseum clash and watch as he clashes with an undefeated champion while tigers rampage close by.

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6. ‘The Way Of The Dragon’

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris goes down in The Way of the Dragon – that’s all the reason you need to watch this film from start to finish. Some of the other reasons you need to add this to your best fighting movies watchlist include Lee’s 2v1 battle and all the nasty work he put in with nunchaku in hand. Lee’s masterful fight choreography is all here and accounted for, folks.

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7. ‘House of Flying Daggers’

House of Flying Daggers is one of those beautifully shot action films that make you pause and appreciate the cinematic excellence taking place in front of you. Once the fighting begins, you’ll quickly realize why this film is still talked about with great passion and respect. The Robin Hood vibes are strong here, so you’ll definitely cheer on the main protagonists of this movie. The bamboo forest fight scene is simply awe-inspiring.

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8. ‘Police Story’

There’s a long line of Hollywood stars that are considered Kung Fu film royalty. We’ve already spoken about Bruce Lee and now it’s about time we dedicate a few spots on this list to the incredible Jackie Chan. Chan’s claim to fame is his outlandish stunts, which he’s known for performing in real without a stunt double to rely on. Police Story showcases those insane skills of his in a bus chase sequence that makes you understand just how awesome Chan has been and always will be. And the fight in the mall is just…*chef’s kiss*

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9. ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’

Everyone and their grandmother had to have seen this movie in theaters when it dropped in the year 2000. If you still haven’t watched it yet, you owe it to yourself to see what all the hype is about. Luminaries of the big-screen martial arts genre such as Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-fat, and Zhang Ziyi come to blows in this movie that’s all about vicious swordplay and other weapons being implemented into some wild displays of fighting action. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is simply goated.

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10. ‘Fight Club’

Fight Club is as gritty and gruesome as it gets. Edward Norton, Bradd Pitt, and Jared Leto are just a few of the big names that pop up in this film that’s all about an underground combat club that provides some sort of excitement in the lives of men living boring lives. The epic twist that goes down at the end of this film is pretty mindblowing – thankfully, the basement brawls that take place before that huge revelation are worth sitting through.

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11. ‘Nobody’

Fathers across the world totally vibed with this film. Bob Odenkirk plays the non-assuming, everyday guy known as Hutch Mansell, who reverts back to a more violent part of his life to take revenge on the individuals that robbed him and his family. Nobody shows how a mild-mannered man can lose his composure and turn into a killing machine when someone wrongs his loved ones. The bus fight scene and Mansell’s final crusade against the mob stand out as the most memorable scenes in this explosive piece of action cinema.

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12. ‘Once Upon a Time in China’

There’s Bruce Lee. There’s Jackie Chan. And then…there’s Jet Li. His martial arts movie run goes hand in hand with some of the most legit picks for the best fighting movies. One of the greatest Li movie performances we have to highlight here is his starring role in the first installment of this amazing series. Once Upon a Time in China shines the spotlight on a Chinese folk hero that rises up to protect his country from foreign invaders and protect Aunt Yee from certain harm. Li’s ass-kicking expertise comes through in full during a sequence where he and his foe battle atop sets of ladders.

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13. ‘The Matrix’

The Wachowskis changed the world of cinema and action movies as a whole when they dropped this mind-bending epic. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss don their finest leather jackets and all-black drip as they fight against an army of cloned secret agents that seek to destroy them within their true reality. The slow-mo gunfights are equally on par with the martial arts spectacles that erupt at certain parts of this classic film. When Reeve’s Neo battles Mr. Smith in the train station, greatness ensues in The Matrix.

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14. ‘The Legend of Drunken Master’

Yep, it’s time to have a chat about Chan’s legendary status once again! And this time, we feel like it’s the appropriate time to talk about his time spent onscreen whuppin’ ass with his Drunken Boxing. The Legend of Drunken Master sees Chan put his skills to the ultimate test in a bid to keep some evil foreigners from stealing priceless Chinese artifacts. The final fight scene between Chan and fellow martial arts movie great Ken Lo is GOAT-tier fighting movie material.

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15. ‘Million Dollar Baby’

“I don’t train girls,” says Clint Eastwood’s character to Hilary Swank’s character…at first. But once that rule is broken and Morgan Freeman’s character chooses to assist Swank’s character to ascend to boxing preeminence, we truly get to witness a film on par with Rocky. Million Dollar Baby is another one of those films focused on the rough and tumble come-up of a boxer that wants to be more than just a nine-to-fiver. Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald’s in-ring clashes will get you out of your seat, we’re sure of it.

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16. ‘Iron Monkey’

Whenever the convo turns to the best fighting movies, we’re quite certain that any film starring Donnie Yen will come up during someone’s passionate speech about his performances. We adore that man, which is why we had to show some love for his Robin Hood-inspired classic Iron Monkey. Yen stars as the beloved hero that fights for the poor and downtrodden against a corrupt government. Do yourself and look up “Iron Monkey Pole Fight” on YouTube to have your mind completely blown!

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17. ‘Kung Fu Hustle’

Kung Fu Hustle is equal parts hilarious and hype when it comes to its display of badass hand-to-hand combat. The film’s simple premise of a housing complex community having to defend themselves against an infamous gang leads to some outlandish interactions and fight scenes that are truly over the top thanks to some wild special effects. Stephen Chow and Yuen Qiu’s characters in this film lead to some gut-bustlingly funny scenes and dope action sequences.

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18. ‘Southpaw’

Alright, let’s get back to these fire boxing movies! Next up is Southpaw, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a former boxing champion that hits rock bottom. In a bid to become great once again and restore his former glory as a competitor and family man, Jake’s character (Billy Hope) trains with Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker). In the process, we witness Hope climbing the championship boxing ladder once again. Hope’s climactic match with Miguel Escobar goes so damn hard, trust us on that one!

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19. ‘Kill Bill: Volume 1’

One of the best fighting movies we’ve ever seen also happens to have one of the best revenge stories we’ve ever become engrossed in. Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 1 is all about Uma Thurman’s role as “The Bride,” who takes it upon herself to eliminate all the members of her former assassin clan that wronged her on her wedding day. A ton of blood is spilled and limbs are cut clean off during this gory movie full of exciting swordplay from an incredibly fearsome Thurman in all her action-movie glory.

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20. ‘The Karate Kid’ (1984)

“Man who catch fly with chopstick, accomplish anything.” That super inspirational quotable comes from this 80s martial arts movie classic. The Karate Kid will inspire anyone that watches it to rise up against their bullies as it focuses on a young Daniel LaRusso (played by Ralph Macchio) training with a karate master in order to defeat his foes, who just so happen to be trainees of the Cobra Kai Dojo. The final tournament battle between LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka) still slaps to this very day!

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21. ‘Fist of Legend’

First off, we gotta give a round of applause to Li’s drip in this movie. The man was suited up to perfection and still beating the absolute breaks off of everyone that tried to best him. Fist of Legend has so much for it – its story sucks you in, Li’s character of Chen Zhen is so easy to root for, and the fight choreography is God-tier. The dojo battles are worth the price of admission, but we really get a kick out of the fight that erupted between Zhen and Fumio Funakoshi (played by the legend known as Yasuaki Kurata). Fist of Legend will forever be held up as one of the best fighting movies.

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22. ‘Fist of Fury’

Lee plays the ultimate pacifist turned enforcer when he’s forced to take out the bloodthirsty drug ring that controls his factory and harms his family. Fist of Fury is definitely what you’d expect if you haven’t seen it but know what the great Lee is all about – highly satisfying fight scenes that still entertain due to the nonstop martial arts expertise Lee shows to the world here. The way Lee bodies an entire dojo full of students is next-level, plus his final battle with Robert Baker always gets a replay out of us.

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23. ‘Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior’

When this movie dropped in 2004, Tony Jaa hit the martial arts cinema scene as its most promising young star. And thanks to all the amazing feats of Muay Thai Jaa pulled off on the big screen, everyone who watched Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior emerged as a smash hit. The simple premise of a sacred statue head getting taken from a village leads to Jaa landing the nastiest strikes we’ve ever seen during his search for that object in the big city. All those underground fight club scenes show just how much of a killer Jaa can be.

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24. ‘The Raid: Redemption’

The Indonesian-born actors Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian are the two sole reasons why you need to seek out this film. The Raid: Redemption should be on everyone’s best fighting movies playlist thanks to the sick fight choreography that puts the martial art of Pencak Silat in the spotlight. After the cover of a SWAT team invading an apartment complex ruled by drug lords is blown, Uwais’ character must rise up to see his team’s missions through. Uwais’ dissection of all the machete thugs he runs into in the hallway is insane!

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25. ‘Rumble in the Bronx’

When this movie dropped in the States, a lot of folks finally started to recognize Jackie Chan as a mainstream star. As the Hong Kong policeman known as Keung, Chan embarks on a crusade against local street gangs that chose to terrorize a local Bronx store that belongs to a young woman. Chan ends up becoming the savior of the people residing in the famed New York borough – the vicious beatdowns Chan hands out during the supermarket sequence will have you in awe! Rumble in the Bronx is a bonafide martial arts movie classic.

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26. ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

The fate of the multiverse hangs in the balance. And the only person who can bring balance to it all is a random laundromat owner played by the incomparable Michelle Yeoh. Everything Everywhere All at Once is such a trippy ride that features great bouts of action and a whole lot of hilarious moments strewn throughout it. All the different versions of Yeoh’s character are so dope to watch in action – watching the main universe iteration of Yeoh get into a keyboard battle with Andy Le’s character is a prime example of how wild this movie can be.

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27. ‘Ip Man’

Donnie Yen pops back up here in a biopic martial arts movie series that follows the exploits of Bruce Lee’s teacher/mentor, Ip Man. This acclaimed figure is the world-renowned grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. Yen does a sublime job as the ultimate martial arts mastermind in this film that beats back all challenges with relative ease. The first Ip Man has to be considered one of the best fighting movies of all time simply based on the scene where Ip Man defeats 10 Black Belts likes it nothing!

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28. ‘Warrior’

Warrior is a movie that’s all about family. Tommy (Tom Hardy) and Brendan (Joel Edgerton) are brothers who end up fighting their way into the same MMA tournament. And as you watch them notch hard-fought victories along the way, you’ll get exhilarated by the inevitable fight between the two siblings. Warrior ends up making this list of the best fighting movies thanks to how real-to-life its MMA fights look. When Tommy takes on Mad Dog in the gym, you’ll see why we hold this movie up as one of the GOATs.

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29. ‘The Fighter’

The Fighter is all about redemption. It stars Mark Wahlberg, who plays a fledgling boxer that just can’t seem to get a win even though he works hard to be the best thanks to his trainer’s (played by Christian Bale) advice. Eventually, Wahlberg’s inspirational boxer makes his way back from all his losses and finds a way to reunite with the family that got him into the sport in the first place. All the well-shot boxing sequences featured in this film are unforgettable alongside the top-notch acting of everyone involved. It’s worth noting that The Fighter follows the real-life exploits of boxer Micky Ward.

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30. ‘Cinderella Man’

And for the final pick on our list of the best fighting movies of all time, we have to mention this biographical film about James J. Braddock. Russell Crowe steps into the role of that sentimental character and shows the trials and tribulations that come with his career. You’ll find yourself absorbed in everything Braddock goes through as he’s forced to confront the spirit-breaking events that come with the Great Depression and his suffering a broken hand. And when it comes time to fight, Crowe looks great in the ring against all of his opponents (especially Corn Griffin!). Cinderella Man is required viewing.

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The 15 Best Metaverse Games

The term “Metaverse” has become more of a constant area of discussion now that the burgeoning Web3 movement has taken hold. And at the heart of that movement is a collection of games that embody the best parts of what the metaverse has to offer. The best metaverse games tend to offer an online multiplayer experience with a constantly evolving universe and even a game of that ilk that also offers play-to-earn mechanics within a world governed by NFTs. Here are 15 worthwhile interactive experiences that will bring you right into the ever-changing metaverse.

RELATED: What is the Metaverse? A Beginners Guide

What Are Metaverse Games?
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Today’s gaming sphere has been a major part of the metaverse due to the presence of virtual experiences that offer connected digital worlds full of player avatars performing any number of actions. And those actions usually revolve around owning NFTs in the form of assorted items such as plots of land, participating in massive events that bring the game’s vast community together, and more. Metaverse games embody those aforementioned characteristics while also mashing up elements of virtual reality, cryptocurrencies, and a bevy of other interactive activities.

What Do You Need to Play Metaverse Games?
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Like most modern-day video games, you’ll need a video game console, PC, or mobile device to play the likes of Fortnite and Minecraft. And of course, you’ll need a stable internet connection to be able to explore the living worlds the best metaverse games are contained within. A few of the games on this list also employ the usage of virtual-reality devices, so copping one of the models developed and released by Valve, Sony, HTC, and HP is a worthy investment. And for the play-to-earn games full of cryptocurrencies or digital money, getting yourself a blockchain wallet is a must.

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1. ‘Fortnite’

Epic Games’ blockbuster battle-royale game has become a mainstream force on the tip of everyone’s tongues whenever video games enter the conversation. To see how far Fortnite has come since its 2017 debut is fascinating – it started out as a tower defense-shooter and survival game, then it threw in a battle royale mode that pushed its popularity to mammoth proportions. The Fortnite we know today is the epitome of a metaverse game – players get to choose from a wide gamut of avatars that are lifted from other games, movies, TV shows, comic books, cartoons, and so much more. And besides all the running, gunning, and building these game entails, Fortnite has been known to throw in universe altring events and even put on concerts that feature some of the most prominent musical artists. Any game that lets you pit Goku against John Wick in an assault rifle battle defines just how wild the metaverse can be in its current state.

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2. ‘Minecraft’

Minecraft is another genre-defining experience known far and wide by gamers and non-gamers alike. And as one of the best metaverse games, its primary focus is on allowing players to explore, fight, and create within a world spread across a nearly limitless array of 3D spaces. Minecraft is constantly changing in some manner thanks to the efforts of the players themselves – the jaw-dropping architectural marvels they construct are constant proof of that sentiment. And just like Fortnite, there’s a wealth of customizable avatars that reflect the likeness of popular characters that are pop culture icons. Minecraft’s explorable worlds are full of creativity and unique ways to interact with them all.

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3. ‘Roblox’

Roblox is more than just a game – it’s an online game platform and game-creation tool that’s attracted so much attention from young impressionable minds. What’s so fascinating about it is the fact that kids who have no idea about what developing games truly entails are getting their first bit of training in that field just by creating simple games of their own through Roblox. We’ve chosen to place it on this list of the best metaverse games due to it offering a healthy online community with several methods of interacting with each other through immersive spaces. Roblox’s world is regularly filled with millions of young players getting their first taste of everything that makes up the metaverse.

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4. ‘Axie Infinity’

Axie Infinity is certainly the most recognizable and widely played online multiplayer game that employs the implementation of NFTs. The gameplay on offer here is similar to that of Nintendo/The Pokémon Company’s blockbuster Pocket Monster collecting franchise. Players go out of their way to build up an army of digital pets known as “Axies,” which double as the game’s collectible NFTs that can be minted by whoever’s earned them. The metaverse vibes are very strong here as players also have the ability to purchase plots of land and homes that their Axies can inhabit. Axie Infinity’s NFT-fueled economy, play-to-earn gameplay focus, and an online community full of freshman players & experienced “scholars” point to its strong classification as a metaverse game.

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5. ‘Illuvium’

Illuvium is a trendsetter within the metaverse gaming space – it holds the distinction of being known as the self-proclaimed “world’s first IBG (Interoperable Blockchain Game).” In simple gaming terms that are easier to wrap your head around, it’s an “open-world exploration, NFT creature collector and autobattler game” that caters to fans of RPGs. Players maneuver through Illuvium’s huge explorable world while capturing “Illuvials,” which can be used for battles within the game’s PvP battle arena. The other actions this game entails are playing to earn crypto in ILV tokens, trading on a thriving virtual marketplace with other players, acquiring land, and more.

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6. ‘Decentraland’

Back in 2020, Decentraland came to fruition as a virtual world where players have the ability to create, explore, and trade as much as they please. The MANA cryptocurrency is primarily relied upon to make everything move in this game’s expansive 3D plane of existence – that digital currency can be put towards customizing one’s avatar, purchasing a long line of wearable items, and even copping some land. You can get on your landowner vibes by renting out your space or whatever other locales that happen to lay upon it. It’s pretty wild how players can use their land to put on all types of events, such as concerts and digital art auctions, and even earn some money in the process. If that part of the game excites you, be sure to set up a MetaMask ASAP! As the “first fully decentralized world,” Decentraland is a treat for curious onlookers looking to get sucked into one of the best metaverse games.

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7. ‘Somnium Space’

Remember how we mentioned that some metaverse games immerse you even more into its digital expanses via VR headsets? Now we’re set to speak on one of the best ones out there right now – Somnium Space. While there is a traditional play mode to hop into, it’s best if you get the most out of this game via VR. Every part of this game’s world is created by its thriving community, plus all those in-game assets are representative of players’ true ownership of such goods via the Ethereum and Solana blockchains. Somnium Space will definitely trip you out – being able to dive into all types of movie theaters, parks, schools, and more from a first-person VR viewpoint is mindblowing.

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8. ‘The Sandbox’

What was originally a mobile-only experience eventually evolved into a PC game that’s a blockchain-based 3D open-world game. The Sandbox’s name should give you a clue about what it has to offer. Players create their own blocky avatars, who then go on to create a litany of things through the blockchain and smart contracts. The game’s marketplace allows you to sell off your many creations, plus you can let your creative instincts run wild as The Sandbox lets you create your very own interactive experiences. Getting your hands on some digital estates and perusing through other players’ wonderfully crafted locales is where most of the joy comes from within The Sandbox.

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9. ‘My Neighbor Alice’

My Neighbor Alice is the perfect metaverse game for anyone that’s poured countless hours into games such as Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley, and Farmville. You’ll be thrown into a cheerful world that’s home to your very own virtual farming plots and islands, plus you’ll be tasked with selling off the goods produced by your healthy livestock. The presence of NFTs comes into play in the form of sellable houses, animals, house items, etc. that can be sold through the game’s own marketplace and any other participating blockchains. My Neighbor Alice is the type of metaverse game suited towards gamers that enjoy a calm farming/building simulator.

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10. ‘Bloktopia’

Taking a deep dive into Bloktopia will introduce you to a world full of expanse and wonder. The cyberpunk vibes are very strong here as the game’s central location is filled with neon colors and “made up of 21 levels to pay recognition to 21 million Bitcoin.” Holding “Blok” tokens within Bloktopia’s world gives you the right to be classified as a “Bloktopian.” As for what your digital duties are, you’ll get the chance to play all sorts of custom games, build networks, activate advertising campaigns via “Adblok,” etc. in a bid to earn yourself real-world revenue. Bloktopia is known as “the home of crypto,” which is certainly a lofty self-description. Based on everything it has in place, it looks as if that statement rings true.

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11. ‘Alien Worlds’

The inhabitants of Earth have now found a way to explore deep space – by traveling through a wormhole that takes them to “exoPlanets.” The mysterious planets on the other end of that form of interplanetary transport harbor “Trilium” (the official in-game currency), which can be mined, used to vote in Planetary elections, and put towards increasing a planet’s reward pool. The space-themed metaverse at the heart of this game is massive and features NFTs in the form of land, minions, weapons, etc., that match up well with Alien Worlds’ traditional gameplay mechanics.

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12. ‘Splinterlands’

The metaverse at the core of Splinterlands revolves around a community of players fighting for glory during a highly addictive collectible card game. Over 500 collectible cards with 64+ abilities in tow can be obtained here, which also double as NFTs. You’ll get to participate in some hard-fought battles with your deck of battle-hardened cards, trade them with the rest of the game’s community, and earn cryptocurrency credits just for winning as much as possible.

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13. ‘Star Atlas’

Another one of the best metaverse games on this list also happens to take place in the stars above. Star Atlas is themed around extensive space exploration, fighting for territories, and making careful political moves that can either benefit you or hamper your progress. What’s in place here is a hardcore strategy experience that gives its players true ownership over their assets, such as spaceships, various structures, vast resources, and more. Star Atlas’s metaverse endears itself well to fans of Star Wars and Star Trek.

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14. ‘Gods Unchained’

If Splinterlands caters to your collectible card game tendencies, then you might also want to take a deep dive into this next pick, Gods Unchained’s gameplay should become a favorite of Magic The Gathering: Arena fanatics (which makes all the sense in the world since this game is led by the former game director of Magic, Chris Clay). The play-to-earn portion of this game comes in the form of sellable cards (which are NFTs) that can be bartered with other players over the Ethereum L2 blockchain.

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15. ‘DeFi Kingdoms’

The pixelated goodness of DeFi Kingdoms definitely takes us back to the 16-bit golden era of 16-bit RPGs. The crucial collectible that players can get their hands on while playing is the “Jewel” power token, which is used for gas on the DFK Chain. “Crystal” tokens can also be obtained and swapped with other players, which also plays into the game’s healthy blockchain community. You’ll also get a kick out of this game as you collect battle-ready Hero NFTs, go on epic quests, get friendly with pet NFTs, and fight hard during card game duels. Currently, DeFi Kingdoms is playable on Katyn, which is a metaverse-focused blockchain network.

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17 Celebrities Who Have Invested in Esports

Who would have ever envisioned a world in which the biggest celebrities in the world choose to pour their finances into the betterment of esports? We now reside in that reality and are reaping the benefits of those worthy investments – thanks to the financial support of recognizable faces you recognize from every facet of media, pro gaming as a whole has grown immensely. There’s a long list of celebrities who have invested in esports by throwing their big bucks behind popular organizations/teams and burgeoning pro gaming platforms. Now here’s a collection of 17 celebrities that are recognized for their huge esports ventures.

RELATED: The 10 Most Valuable Esports Teams (2022)

Celebrities Who Have Invested in Esports
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1. Mark Cuban
  • Invested in: Mavs Gaming, Unikrn

Mark Cuban’s name rings bells in the world of sports, period. Within the realm of basketball, he’s the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Speaking of the Mavericks, Cuban also owns the team’s esports initiative. And that’s the team known as Mavs Gaming, which is a big competitor within the NBA 2K League and is most known for its groundbreaking decision to recruit the first female NBA2K League player (Ziah “ZiggyZiah” Minor). Cuban’s other esports investment is tied to Unikrn, which is a blockchain-based esports betting platform.

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2. Drake
  • Invested in: 100 Thieves, Player’s Lounge

“October’s Very Own” is known worldwide as the most revered rapper, singer, and actor hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Call him whatever else you’d like – “Champagne Papi,” “Drizzy,” 6 God,” etc. Just be sure to also salute him as “investor.” Drake’s esports contributions come in the form of him becoming one of the co-owners of esports organization 100 Thieves alongside Scooter Braun and his investment in an esports betting platform called Players Lounge.

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3. Mike Tyson
  • Invested in: Fade 2 Karma

The baddest man on the planet used to devastate anyone unlucky enough to stand across from him in the boxing ring. Besides his pugilist ways, Mike Tyson has invested in a number of rewarding business ventures that have kept him prevalent in the public eye. Among gamers, his esports cache comes from his investment in the team most known for its pro gaming exploits in Hearthstone – that team is known as Fade 2 Karma.

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4. Shaquille O’Neal
  • Invested in: NRG Esports

The NBA legend known as Shaquille O’Neal has his hands in all sorts of business ventures, plus he has a bevy of on-air roles that point to just how relatable and respected he is. As far back as 2016, Shaq threw his financial might behind the popular esports team founded by Sacramento Kings co-owners Mark Mastrov and Andy Miller – NRG Esports. Shaq isn’t the only one who purchased equity in that esports collective – Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez also invested right alongside “Big Shaq.”

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5. Sean Combs
  • Invested in: PlayVS

Sean Combs is the prolific rapper frontman for Bad Boy Records that has far too many nicknames to keep track of. The one we’ll call back to here is the one we first became familiar with – “Puff Daddy.” On the sports investment front, Mr. Combs threw all his financial weight behind something very cool that pushes pro gaming forward on a high school and collegiate level. That venture is called PlayVS, which is an amateur esports league that hosts competitions for high school students and affords them additional opportunities along the way.

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6. Steph Curry
  • Invested in: TSM

Steph Curry is the three-pointer maestro that puts in work as a point guard for the Golden State Warriors. The young king we always bring up as “Steph Curry” joined forces with fellow Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young as part of an investment group that threw a whole lot of funds at esports organization TSM.

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7. Kevin Durant
  • Invested in: Vision Esports (Echo Fox), Andbox

Kevin Durant, who is the Brooklyn Nets’ current small and power forward, is also another popular NBA player that’s one of the most prolific celebrities who have invested in esports. Durant made sure to support the esports investment fund and management company Vision Esports right alongside Odell Beckham, Jr. and Rick Fox (it’s worth noting that that group’s Echo Fox team is no more, sadly). And thanks to his Thirty Five Ventures investment firm, Durant also placed money into the New York esports organization Andbox.

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8. Rick Fox
  • Invested in: Echo Fox

Rick Fox, who famously played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, created the esports team Echo Fox after purchasing the NA LCS (League Championship Series) spot of Gravity Gaming. Before folding in 2019, Echo Fox became most known for competing in games such as League of Legends, Call of Duty, CS:GO, etc. In the end, however, Echo Fox’s LCS spot was taken by esports organization Evil Genuises.

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9. Odell Beckham, Jr.
  • Invested in: Vision Esports (Echo Fox)

As we mentioned in the Kevin Durant entry on this list, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. invested in Vision Esports right alongside his fellow celebrity sports players.

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10. Tony Hawk
  • Invested in: GameSquare Esports

The world’s most recognizable skateboarder is a cultural icon amongst gamers due to him being the cover athlete for the beloved Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game series. Hawk dug even deeper into the world of gaming via esports by becoming a special advisor to CEO Justin Kenna for GameSquare, which is a company looking “to make it easier for global brands and esports communities to play together.” GameSquare is also recognized as the parent company of UK-based esports agency Code Red Esports.

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11. Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.
  • Invested in: Axiomatic Gaming (Team Liquid)

Basketball aficionados hold Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. in high regard as arguably the greatest point guard to have ever hit the court. His post-NBA career has resulted in Johnson investing in hugely successful business ventures – one of them is most definitely attached to the world of esports. His place on this list of celebrities who have invested in esports comes from his investment in the ownership group Axiomatic Gaming (“an esports and gaming enabler”), which partnered up with Team Liquid. Johnson is co-owner of the group alongside fellow investors Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber and Washington Wizards co-owner Ted Leonsis.

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12. Michael Jordan
  • Invested in: Axiomatic Gaming (Team Liquid)

Old heads that watched Michael Jordan’s rise to basketball’s higher echelon will always reflect on how much of a cultural icon he has remained to this very day. The greatest NBA player of all time dipped his toes into the esports realm by participating in the Series C funding round for Axiomatic Gaming, which is the parent company of Team Liquid.

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13. Will Smith
  • Invested in: Gen.G Esports

The world’s most lovable guy label has to be attached to the world-renowned “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Will Smith always gives off great vibes whenever he’s onscreen – thankfully, he brought those same warm vibes to his esports endeavors. Smith’s large investment came during a big funding round for Gen.G Esports, an esports organization that sponsors teams in China, South Korea, and the US.

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14. David Beckham
  • Invested in: Guild Esports

David Beckham is damn near royalty in the world of soccer – his legendary stature still looms large over the sport as he’s the current president & co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City. Beckham’s investment in Guild Esports also coincided with his becoming co-owner of the company. Guild Esports is most famous for building the next generation of pro gaming athletes via its online esports training subscription service called Guild Academy.

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15. Jerry Jones
  • Invested in: Complexity Gaming

Jerry Jones is an NFL staple thanks to his role as the owner of “America’s team,” the Dallas Cowboys. Jones acquired a majority stake in esports group Complexity Gaming alongside real-estate tycoon John Goff. Complexity Gaming was eventually acquired by the Toronto-based GameSquare Esports.

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16. Ashton Kutcher
  • Invested in: Unikrn, Backbone

Actor Ashton Kutcher is a pretty big advocate for esports – he even spoke to its massive future potential during his time spent scarfing down chicken wings during an episode of Hot Ones. Kutcher’s popped up on this list of celebrities who have invested in esports since he’s invested in the esports betting and entertainment media company Unikrn via his and fellow investor’s Sound Ventures investment firm. Kutcher also threw some money into Backbone, a gaming tech company that specializes in producing consumer electronics and software products for mobile devices.

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17. Steve Aoki
  • Invested in: Rogue

Steve Aoki’s musical exploits are many – he’s a DJ, record producer, and music programmer whose name rings bells throughout the recording industry. His name also holds plenty of weight in the world of esports as he’s invested in the organization called Rouge, which he happens to be co-owner of right alongside popular YouTuber Vikram “Vikkstar123” Barn. Rouge was eventually acquired by the digital entertainment organization known as ReKTGlobal.


The 10 Most Valuable Esports Teams (2022)

Here’s a serious understatement – esports brings in all the big bucks. According to Forbes, the most money-making pro gaming organizations in the world are currently (in 2022) “the top ten are now worth an average of $353 million, up 46% from 2020.” And that’s due to a combination of tournament results for each esports company’s various teams, major investments from financial bigwigs & celebrities, the huge sales that service from assorted apparel sales, and a host of other crucial factors. Thanks to Forbes’ extensive deep dive into the highest-ranking esports teams according to their financial worth, we now have a clear idea of the most valuable esports teams in the world as of 2022.

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1. TSM
  • How Much is TSM Worth? – $540 Million

Even with TSM making the decision to end its ten-year, $210 million naming rights deal with the cryptocurrency marketplace FTX that was signed in 2021, TSM still holds the top spot when it comes to the most valuable esports teams. This aforementioned news took place after the company’s May 2022 evaluation, which earned it its place as the most successful esports organization when it comes to its noteworthy financial performance. TSM’s biggest teams compete in League of Legends and Valorant.

2. 100 Thieves
100 Thieves
  • How Much is 100 Thieves Worth? – $460 Million

A $60 million Series C funding round that took place in December 2021 is part of the reason why 100 Thieves has been acknowledged as the second most valuable esports company in the world. And when it comes to total revenue acquired in 2021, 100 Thieves reportedly raked in $38 million. Its most prosperous teams compete in Call of Duty, League of Legends, and Valorant. 100 Thieves’ massive Culver City-based facility, apparel drops that sell out in mere minutes, and strong content creation efforts point to its commitment to staying relevant and steadily increasing its financials.

3. Team Liquid
Team Liquid
  • How Much is Team Liquid Worth? – $440 Million

On May 5, 2022, Team Liquid raised $35 million thanks to an investment round that previously evaluated them at $415 million. Months later, Forbes recognized their growth by noting that the esports group is now worth even more at $440 million. The talented teams that proudly compete on behalf of Team Liquid compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Valorant.

4. FaZe Clan
FaZe Clan
  • How Much is FaZe Clan Worth? – $400 Million

Thanks to a highly rewarding series A funding round back in 2018 and a $22.7 million investment loan from a private lender in January 2020, FaZe Clan has managed to build up itself into one of the top-ranked most valuable esports teams. This recognizable esports entity has made waves thanks to the teams it sponsors for games such as Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant.

5. Cloud9
  • How Much is Cloud9 Worth? – $380 Million

Back in 2018 and 2019, Cloud9 actually took the top spot on Forbes’ list of the most valuable esports teams. In 2022, it has now gone down a few spots. But being ranked as the fifth-most valuable esports company entity in the world is still an accomplishment worth celebrating. Cloud9’s most revered teams pull off their biggest victories in games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Overwatch, and Valorant.

6. G2 Esports
G2 Esports
  • How Much is G2 Esports Worth? – $340 Million

Now we’re going international! G2 Esports, which is based in Berlin, Germany, puts its best foot forward with competitive teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Valorant. Seeing as how G2 Esports has invested in its very own record label called G2 Music, it’s easy to see that G2 Esports has plenty of money to go around when it comes to increasing and maintaining its financial worth.

7. Fnatic
  • How Much is Fnatic Worth? – $260 Million

Fnatic is another esports company that hails from across the pond as its headquartered in London, United Kingdom. As for its participating teams, Fnatic’s player formations regularly vie for the top spot in tournaments for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Valorant. To see this esports increase its overall worth from $120 million to $260 million in 2022 is certainly applause-worthy.

8. Gen.G Esports
Gen.G Esports
  • How Much is Gen.G Esports Worth? – $250 Million

Gen.G Esports makes strong plays with its assorted teams for games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, and Valorant. Back in 2020, Forbes calculated their total net worth at $185 million. And now in 2022, the financial growth of Gen.G Esports has pushed them to a higher degree of prosperity. With offices in Los Angeles, Seoul, and Shanghai, a fully-integrated academic esports program, and Web3 initiatives, Gen.G Esports’ is looking to ascend up this list in later years.

9. NRG Esports
NRG Esports
  • How Much is NRG Esports Worth? – $240 Million

NRG Esports pours its efforts and resources into supporting five teams that play their hardest across Apex Legends, Fortnite, Rocket League, Overwatch, and Valorant. And with a studio based in Los Angeles that focuses on content creation named notable partnerships with the likes of Rockstar Energy Drink & Hot Pockets, NRG Esports’ financial footprint in the world of esports is only getting larger.

10. T1
  • How Much is T1 Worth? – $220 Million

T1 is actually a is a South Korean esports organization that’s attached to T1 Entertainment & Sports, which happens to be a joint venture between SK Telecom and Comcast Spectacor. With that company’s support behind them and several premiere partners (Nike, Red Bull, BMW, etc), T1 has gotten pushed towards greatness across the vast esports realm. T1’s top teams pull off their biggest wins across League of Legends, Overwatch, and Valorant.


The Top 16 Esports Teams on the Scene

The burgeoning esports scene is fascinating once you get all wrapped up in everything it offers – the grandeur of arena-filled tournaments, the varied personalities behind the most popular players, and the game-winning plays that make the crowd go wild encompass the best aspects of pro gaming. Now when we talk about competitive gamers of the highest skill level, it’s always cool to see them get aligned with fellow players to make up the many different groups organized within the top esports teams. We’re here to compile 15 of the most revered and winningest pro gaming organizations today and make you aware of just how astounding their victories genuinely are.

RELATED: The 22 Top Esports Tournaments on the Circuit Right Now

1. 100Thieves

100 Thieves is a force in esports, content creation, and merchandising. In the competitive arena, this well-renowned esports institution houses players spread out across teams for mega-popular games such as League of Legends, Apex Legends, and Valorant. It’s also worth noting that the Call of Duty League has 100 Thieves representation as well in the form of the Los Angeles Thieves. Big names such as Kim Chan-ho aka “Ssumday” and Zack “Drazah” Jordan have pulled off some impressive feats as part of the highly accomplished 100 Thieves roster. And some of the most notable first-place tournament victories that point to 100 Thieves’ esports prowess came during the CWL London 2019 for Call of Duty, the 2020 First Strike North America for Valorant, and the 2021 LCS Championship for League of Legends.

2. Sentinels

If the name Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf rings a bell, then you’re knee-deep in the Fortnite pro gaming circuit. He’s the current reigning and defending Fortnite World Cup Champion that earned that accolade in 2019. And he just so happens to be a member of the illustrious Sentinels esports roster. This quality Los Angeles-based squad has teams that play at their absolute best level in Valorant, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Fortnite, Halo, and Apex Legends. As far as impressive victories for the Sentinels go, they notched a huge win over 100 Thieves at the VCT 2021: North America Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs for Valorant, notched the #1 spot at the 2022 HCS Major Kansas City for Halo, and grabbed 1st place during the RiftMSTRS 2022 – Finals for League of Legends: Wild Rift.

3. OpTic Gaming
OpTic Gaming

OpTic Gaming is a pro gaming powerhouse. And after merging with fellow esports organization Envy in 2021, they’ve morphed into even more of a force to be reckoned with. OpTic Texas makes major plays within the Call of Duty League, plus they’re are three other branded teams that participate in Halo, Apex Legends, and Rocket League competitions. This esports squad has been going strong since 2006 and pulled off some amazing feats that have given them a huge array of first-place finishes. Some of OpTic Gaming’s biggest top-spot victories came during the MLG Columbus 2011 for Call of Duty: Black Ops, the 2017 Halo World Championship Finals for Halo 5, and the 2022 Halo World Championship for Halo Infinite.

4. Cloud9

Since its creation in 2013, Cloud9 has done everything possible to get mentioned alongside its rivals once the conversation of top esports teams arises. The list of games this organization has teams in is quite lengthy – those games include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Halo, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Teamfight Tactics, and Valorant. As a famous man once said, “men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” As of 2022, C9 has competed in 35 tournaments and finished in first place a total of 13 times. Some of C9’s most recent first-place accomplishments include its IEM Katowice 2020 Closed Qualifier win for CS:GO, its Overwatch Contenders 2020 Season 1 EU Seeding Tournament victory, and its triumph at the LACS 2020 Spring Regular Season for League of Legends.

5. Xset

Surprisingly enough, XSET wasn’t founded all that long ago. A group of FaZe Clan former executives banded together to form this esports company in 2020. If you’re an avid follower of the fighting game community scene, then you already know XSET’s lone Street Fighter V player – the 2019 Capcom Cup champion, Derek “iDom” Ruffin. XSET also has strong teams put in place for games such as Splitgate, Rainbow Six: Siege, Rocket League, and more. For Valorant, XSET’s team defeated OpTic Gaming on their way to the ultimate victory during the VCT 2022: North America Stage 2 Challengers. Plus their Rocket League team slotted themselves into first place during the 2022 Regain – Fall Split 1.

6. NRG

What we have here is yet another Los Angeles-based esports institution that was founded back in 2015. And the talent-filled teams it sends out to various tourneys to nab championship glory compete in the following games – Apex Legends, Fortnite, Overwatch, Rocket League, and Valorant. NRG even has its own array of quality speedrunners to boot – Kosmic, LilKirbs, and PointCrow all beat games as quickly and efficiently as possible under the NRG banner. NRG has to be considered among the wide gamut of tops esports teams due to its championship wins in Apex Legends (2022 MFAM Gauntlet #3), Fortnite (FNCS: 2021 Grand Royale – NAW), and Overwatch (2018 Overwatch PIT Championship – North America Season 3).

7. Team Liquid
Team Liquid

It’s crazy how Team Liquid originated as a clan and StarCraft community site and evolved into the esports mega force it is today. Their reign of dominance has resulted in their assorted teams delivering inspiring performances across games such as Dota 2, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and more. As of 2022, Team Liquid’s Dota 2 team has grabbed five first-place championship wins. And on the Melee side of things, this esports giant lays claim to the talents of Juan Manuel DeBiedma aka “Hungrybox,” who is one of the game’s greatest players of all time. Team Liquid is simply goated.

8. OG Esports

Shout out to  Johan “n0tail” Sundstein – he’s the visionary that birthed OG Esports back in 2015. And since its creation, it has paved the way for a trio of accomplished teams that play at the highest level imaginable across the following titles – Dota 2, CS:GO, and Valorant. OG’s official affiliation with the Red Bull brand shows just how much the organization has grown from its humble beginnings. On the championship wins front (as of 2022), OG claimed nine #1 victories during Dota 2 competitions and a major win during the 2021 Spring Sweet Spring #2 for CS:GO. This squad of uber-talented players/teams is proof that OG Esports is one of the top esports teams.

9. Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses

What initially started out as a Quake clan that came to life in 1999 has now transitioned into one of the most widely recognized esports organizations on the scene today. And what makes Evil Genuises such an iconic prop gaming staple is its Dota 2 squadron, which just so happened to win The International 2015 and receive one of the largest prize payouts for that game in the process. This organization’s Call of Duty team also has a major victory to their name thanks to their 2018 Call of Duty Championship performance. On the FGC front, Evil Genuises features some absolute killers! We’re talkin’ Ricki Ortiz, Jon Coello aka “dekillsage,” and Dominique McLean aka “SonicFox.”

10. FaZe Clan
FaZe Clan

Anyone that follows the esports scene intently for a myriad of games knows the name FaZe Clan. What was formerly known as FaZe Sniping adopted its more recognizable name and has accumulated a bunch of noteworthy accolades over time. The strong teams FaZe Clan houses dominate across multiplayer staples such as CS:GO, Call of Duty, Valorant, and so much more. They even have two separate teams based in the Asian market that specialize in playing PUBG Mobile and FIFA Online. FaZe Clan’s CS:GO team is next-level – as of 2022, that seemingly unstoppable unit has acquired 10 championship victories.

11. G2 Esports
G2 Esports

In 2014, this esports association came to fruition as Gamers2. And then the following year, that name changed to the one we know them as today – G2 Esports. Its legacy is growing as time goes on thanks to the quality teams it has built for Apex Legends, League of Legends, Valorant, and more. G2 Esports even participates in the sim racing scene thanks to its eNASCAR iRacing series competitors. When you mention G2 Esports’ Valorant credentials, you have to acknowledge just how impressive its six championship wins are (as of 2022). And you have to give a round of applause to its Apex Legends squad, which has nabbed three major first-place victories of its own (as of 2022).

12. Natus Vincere
Natus Vincere

When translated, Natus Vincere is Latin for “born to win.” That sentiment describes the overall winning attitude of the Ukrainian esports organization. What’s most impressive about this group is its highly efficient and imposing CS:GO team – it pulled off an amazing feat in 2010 by winning the Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup, and World Cyber Games. Plus their Dota 2 alliance blew everyone’s minds by winning The International 2011. What also makes Natus Vincere such a great esports staple is its focus on building up both male and female teams for the biggest games on the esports circuit. Their women’s CS:GO and Valorant teams are pretty badass in their own right.

13. Fnatic

Housed within London is one of the most powerful leaders in the esports realm. After its creation in 2004, Fnatic has gone far and wide with its tournament performances and continues to do so to this very day. Fnatic’s League of Legends team can always be proud of the fact that they won the inaugural League of Legends World Championship in 2011. This group’s CS:GO team is also quite the unstoppable force and immovable object all rolled into one – as of 2022, they’ve conquered 10 tourneys with some hard-fought first-place wins. Fnatic’s assorted Valorant, Halo, Apex Legends, etc., teams are also proof of this esports team’s signature winning ways.

14. FURIA Esports

FURIA Esports hails from Brazil and has done a great job of making the world at large aware of its dedication to playing at the highest level possible. FURIA has put together formidable formations for the following games – CS:GO, League of Legends, Rocket League, Rainbow Six: Siege, and Valorant. On the CS:GO front, FURIA’s team has amassed seven championship wins as of 2022. As for their Rocket League team, FURIA has brought home six first-place triumphs as of 2022. And finally, FURIA managed to climb to the top spot for League of Legends during the BRCC Summer 2018 tournament.

15. TSM

In 2009, brothers Andy “Reginald” Dinh and Dan “Dan Dinh” Dinh gave life to the website SoloMid.Net. Then it eventually transitioned into one of the top esports teams as Team SoloMid and finalized its title as TSM. On today’s massive competitive gaming circuit, TSM has top-ranking players split across teams that put in the work across games like Dota 2, Fortnite, and even Magic: The Gathering Arena. TSM’s League of Legends team is revered since it emerged victorious by winning off seven of the total sixteen splits of North America’s League of Legends Championship Series. And in the Dota 2 arena, TSM’s team previously won the DPC NA 2021/2022 Tour 1: Regional Final and ESL One Malaysia 2022 North America: Closed Qualifier.

16. Spacestation Gaming
Spacestation Gaming

Besides this esports entity having one of the cooler logos, Spacestation Gaming can also lay claim to being recognized as one of the best to ever do it. This organization mostly focuses on pushing its first-person shooter-centered teams to notch the victories that define their greatness. Plus they have the imposing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player known as Salvatore “Zomba” DeSena in their midst. Spacestation Gaming’s biggest claim to fame is its Rainbow Six: Siege team winning it big by claiming the world championship in 2020. Plus this group’s Apex Legends unit has also put in the work to come out on top – as of 2022, they’ve conquered four separate championship tournaments.


The 22 Top Esports Tournaments on the Circuit Right Now

Competitive gaming has existed for god knows how long. If you’ve been gaming since the 80s, then you probably have fond memories of attempting to beat other gamers’ high scores in Asteroids and trying to earn a spot in the Nintendo World Championships. And even during the 90s and beyond, gamers have endured furious competitions in Street Fighter II, Quake, Mario Kart, and so much more. Things have progressed to the point where the esports realm has reached a shockingly high plateau – it’s not shocking whatsoever to witness a video game competition emanate from a massive arena with thousands watching in attendance. If you’ve always wondered what the top esports tournaments are, then allow us to help you and showcase 20 of the most prominent ones on the scene today.

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1. The International (TI)

For every conversation that revolves around the top esports tournaments in the world, you have to bring up the premiere Dota 2 esports championship series. The International (better known as TI) is recognized globally as the most important and recognizable event on the Dota Pro Circuit. Since its very first tourney in 2011, The International has featured the very best Dota 2 players and featured prize pools that reach well into the millions (The International 2021 even featured the largest prize pool with $40,018,195). The International’s international presence has taken over major arenas and stadiums across North America, Western Europe, China, and Southeast Asia.

2. League of Legends World Championship
Riot Games

Dota 2 isn’t the only major MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game out there – Riot Games’ League of Legends is always on the tip of everyone’s tounges whenever that sub-genre comes to mind. And the tournament that regularly places the spotlight on its finest players and teams is the League of Legends World Championship, which has been held around the globe in well-known stadiums such as the Staples Center and the Chase Center. The $99,500 prize pool of the initial 2011 tournament has now reached into the millions with the 2018 League of Legends World Championship maxing out at $6,450,000.

3. Call of Duty League

The most notable first-person shooter franchise in the world is backed by an official esports circuit that’s jam-packed with a lineup of teams followers of the scene simply adore. The Call of Duty League always offers fresh competitions to enjoy for viewers thanks to the annual release schedule of the series, so it’s always fun to watch the top players/teams adjust to the overall feel and mechanics of every new Call of Duty installment. Supertalented teams, such as Dallas Empire, Atlanta FaZe, and Los Angeles Thieves, regularly compete in the most exciting Call of Duty multiplayer matches fans have ever seen. Only the best of the best take their talents to the Call of Duty League.

4. CS:GO Major Championships (Formerly Known as The Majors)

Another first-person shooter that’s played at a very high level is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. And when it comes to the top esports tournaments, everyone knows the CS:GO Major Championships stands out as the end-all-be-all for the game’s competitive circuit. Valve, which is the publisher/developer behind that iconic tactical first-person shooter, officially sponsors the tournament and currently has a prize pool that hits the $1 million mark. This esports league takes place across a bevy of sponsored events under the major company umbrellas of Major League Gaming, Intel, and ELEAGUE.

5. Apex Legends Global Series
EA Sports

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall-inspired battle royale first-person shooter has taken the world by storm ever since it hit the scene in 2019. With huge player numbers, continued support from the game’s developers, and unwavering fan support, it should come as no surprise that Apex Legends is played in one of the top esports tournaments across the globe. The Apex Legends Global Series is considered big-time among the best players due to the high level of competition and the massive $5 million prize pool that compels those same players to take the top spots. Pro League and Challenger Circuit competitions bring the hype across in-person events that must be seen to be believed.

6. Six Invitational

Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege started out on a bad note. But over the years, it has grown to become one of the most rewarding tactical first-person shooters there is. The front-facing tournament that everyone looks to for their most exciting esports competitions is the Six Invitational. Prominent esports organizations such as Team Liquid, TSM, and G2 Esports have Rainbow Six: Siege teams that participate in this tourney. And when it comes to the prize pool spread out amongst those high-ranking teams, you can just take a look at the $3 million one put in place for the 2022 edition to realize just how much money is on the line.

7. Intel Extreme Masters

Intel and Electronic Sports League (ESL) have joined forces to bring together the most efficient international players in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II for their dominant esports tourney. And that tournament is known the world over as the Intel Extreme Masters, which has been going strong since 2007. Other paramount PC games, such as Quake Live and Warcraft III, have also been contested during past iterations of this world-famous tourney. The most revered teams hailing from Europe, North America, and Asia stake their claim here on an annual basis.

8. Honor of Kings Champion Cup
Tencent Games

If you’ve never heard of Honor of Kings, then don’t feel too bad – it’s one of those mobile games that’s way more popular than you’d expect thanks to its massive player base in China. Its acclaim amongst other MOBAs is recognized by a whole swath of dedicated players in that region of the world, which is why it has its very own esports presence. The Honor of Kings Champion Cup regularly shows how significant the pro gaming scene for Honor of Kings truly is – the $10 million prize pool for the Honor of Kings International Championship 2022 is proof of just how much truth is attached to that statement.

9. PUBG Mobile Global Championship

Do you know what’s so wild? One of the top esports tournaments in the world is for the mobile version of the OG battle royale game that really got the sub-genre going in a major way back in 2017! PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has done amazingly well within the confines of iOS- and Android-enabled hardware, which is why its best players always make an effort to showcase their skills during the PUBG Mobile Global Championship. Top players that hail from the Americas, Asia, and Europe play their hearts out to come to this final event of every PUBG Mobile competitive season. The $4 million prize pool for the 2022 tourney points to just how monumental it is.

10. Free Fire World Series (FFWS)

On an annual basis, Garena (the publisher/developer behind the mobile battle royale game called Free Fire), goes all out to put on its Free Fire World Series event. This pro gaming competition got its start in 2019 and has grown exponentially in the years since. Teams from every major region imaginable come to play their hearts out – it’s easy to see why since the 2022 installment of this tourney put up a $2 million prize pool while being held in the jaw-dropping play space known as the Resort World Sentosa Convention Centre. Mobile games are doing big numbers as far as player numbers and financials are concerned – Free Fire is one of the biggest ones and is well deserving of its big-time esports significance.

11. Valorant Champions
Riot Games

League of Legends isn’t the only smash hit that’s been birthed by Riot Games – it also has its hands in the free-to-play first-person hero shooter Valorant. And on this list of the top esports tournaments, it’s definitely worth mentioning Valorant Champions. The most entertaining Valorant esports can be witnessed during the offline escapades of this tourney – established esports organizations such as 100 Thieves and OpTic Gaming send their best teams to take home the grand prize and #1 spot. The fact that the 2022 VALORANT Champions tourney took place in the Volkswagen Arena with a $1 million prize pool shows just how prominent it is and always will be.

12. Halo World Championship
Xbox Game Studios

The first-person shooter series that’s defined by its run of excellence on Xbox consoles is none other than Halo. Watching all those custom Spartans run and gun on explosive battlefields is quite electrifying when you’re doing it in a live setting. The Halo World Championship provides that amazing experience and has been doing so since 2014. This esports tourney has gone from players going their hardest in Halo 2 Anniversary for a $15K prize pool to a new generation of competitors competing in Halo Infinite for a $1 million prize pool. And getting to watch it all while seated within the Seattle Convention Center during the 2022 tourney is the definition of invigorating.

13. Hearthstone World Championship
Blizzard Entertainment

Hearthstone, which is recognized by many as the biggest free-to-play online digital collectible card game, has enjoyed tons of critical/financial success and high player retention since its 2014 debut. Blizzard Entertainment has done a great job of pouring its support into the official tournament circuit for the game. The Hearthstone World Championship is super official as it’s considered the grand finale for the Hearthstone Grandmasters system. This tourney wraps up the year in a nice bow for the Hearthstone community as it usually takes place in December. The $500K prize pool for the 2022 Hearthstone World Championship surely offers plenty of incentive to the best players to fight to the top of the ladder.

14. Evolution Championship Series (EVO)
Evolution Championship Series

What started as a pretty humble fighting game community gathering in Sunnyvale, California known as “Battle by the Bay” has evolved (pun intended) into the biggest FGC tourney. And whenever top esports tournaments come to mind, the Evolution Championship Series is considered the king of the mountain. Now that it’s owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment and the Endeavor esports venture RTS, EVO is even bigger than ever before. Respectable prize pools, top-tier competition, and hype-inducing announcements are always expected from EVO on an annual basis and it always delivers in full.

15. Evolution Championship Series Japan
Evolution Championship Series Japan

EVO is so big that it’s been given the spinoff treatment in the form of a Japanese version that kicks off the most compelling FGC matches at the start of the year. Just like its mainline predecessor, Evolution Championship Series Japan brings together the strongest contenders across the latest installments in Street Fighter, Tekken, Guilty Gear, and more for some next-level competition. In 2010, this tourney originated as “Evo vs Godsgarden” – in 2018, it finally became its own event and the rest is history. EVO Japan is a worthy companion piece to the American version of the most sensational FGC event in the world.

16. Community Effort Orlando (CEO)
Community Effort Orlando

Back in 2010, Alex Jebailey managed to bring together the small but close-knit FGC community members in Orlando, Florida for the inaugural Community Effort Orlando. And due to its monumental growth, CEO has morphed into one of the top esports tournaments in the US for fighting game fanatics. This wrestling-themed FGC tourney attracts the best Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Dragon Ball FighterZ, etc. players from all over the world for the most hypest fighting game sets they’ll ever play. CEO is considered the second-largest fighting game in the nation.

17. CEOtaku

The niche anime fighting game community is noteworthy enough to get its own major tournaments to net a bunch of attention and players who want to both the #1 spot in the game they’re dedicated to. This spinoff of CEO called CEOtaku brings together every anime fighting game community you can think of into one destination for high-level competition. CEOtaku features the heavy hitters in the anime fighting sub-genre (Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, and Melty Blood) and even the lesser-known titles worth competing in (Windjammers even gets some shine here!).

18. Combo Breaker
Combo Breaker

Combo Breaker is equal parts fighting game convention and one of the leading tournaments in the entire FGC. This celebratory event honors every corner of the fighting game fandom while also offering a ton of games for competing players to try their hand in. Every year, there’s a vast lineup of players that converge on Illinois to go their absolute hardest in every modern-day fighting game imaginable. It doesn’t matter if you’re a hardcore Street Fighter player or a Bloody Roar devotee that still loves competing – Combo Breaker’s large suite of games to compete in is next-level.

19. VSFighting

VSFighting showcases the UK fighting game community as it takes its place as one of the top esports tournaments for the genre across the pond. Thanks to the collective efforts of the founder Jason “DNA” Reynolds and CEO Justin “JustinXavier” Rutherford, this tourney has gained a ton of steam and adoration since being founded in 2010. As the flagship tournament for the Electronic Dojo FGC, VSFighting brings players from far and wide to try their hand at playing (and hopefully defeating) the fiercest competition in the world.


The San Francisco Bay Area plays host to one of the most prestigious Super Smash Bros. tournament series. And that tourney is referred to as GENESIS (that uppercase lettering should clue you into how major it is!). Nintendo’s blockbuster platform fighter gets the red carpet treatment at this annual tourney – the original Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are all played here in singles and doubles formats. The best of the best in the Smash community come to GENESIS every year to pull off amazing feats and shocking upsets for the world to see.

21. The Big House
The Big House

The other notable Super Smash Bros. tourney that gets the best players to come through on a yearly basis is The Big House. This competition is regularly headquartered in Michigan. And after getting established in 2011, it has become a go-to destination for the best Smash players to compete amongst the most marquee players in the community. Singles and doubles tourneys across the same three Smash games played featured at GENESIS are featured here, which points to the importance of The Big House as a haven for serious Smash players.

22. Super Smash Con
Super Smash Con

The Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia is the home of the most distinguished Super Smash Bros. convention in the world. And it just so happens to also house one of the most widely recognized top esports tournaments for Smash players. Super Smash Con not only features competitions for every Smash game imaginable but it also shows some love to other platform fighters via side tourneys. Games such as Rivals of Aether, Slap City, and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl have gotten their time to shine right next to the undisputed leader in the fighting game sub-genre.


The 26 Best Grass Type Pokemon

It’s always so nerve-wracking when you’re given the ultimate choice to make at the start of every mainline Pokémon game – out of the three creatures presented to you, which one will you select as your starter? The options at hand have always broken down into three types – fire, water, and grass. In the case of that third option, grass type Pokémon have always proven to be beneficial battle allies that come through in the clutch whenever possible. As of Generation IX (Pokémon Scarlet and Violet), there’s a grand total of 112 grass-type pocket monsters. And right now, we’re going to present to you 26 of the very best grass type Pokemon that exist within that specific elemental type.

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What is a Grass Type Pokémon?
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Grass type Pokémon have existed since the very first generation of the popular monster-collecting RPG series. On the offensive front, attacks such as Leech Seed, Sleep Powder, Effect Spore, etc. have no effect on that specific elemental type, so keep that in mind whenever you throw them into the heat of battle against Pokemon that also rely on those types of maneuvers. Some of the moves that players are most familiar with when it comes to grass type Pokemon are Absorb, Giga Drain, Razor Leaf, Solar Beam, etc. It’s worth noting that grass type Pokemon are tied with rock types when it comes to having the most weaknesses (which are five) out of all the other elemental types. Plus grass type Pokemon are tied with bug types when it comes to being the most resisted type – grass types are resisted by seven other elemental types.

26. Leafeon
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation IV

Eevee’s popularity among the massive Pokémon fanbase is known far and wide. The little normal type creature is super adorable, plus its affinity for being able to evolve into eight elemental final forms is impressive. One of those evolution types is this grass type Pokémon named Leafeon, which can be birthed via the Moss Rock and Leaf Stone. It might not be the strongest of the Eevee evolutions, but it can still hold its own thanks to decent attack stats.

25. Chikorita
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation II

This precious little grass type made its grand debut in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. And for most fans, it was practically love at first sight. This starter Pokémon is definitely a fine choice to build up to its final evolution (more on that later), plus its cutesy nature makes it super endearing. Chikorita captured our and everyone else’s hearts once it started making the rounds across several episodes of the Pokémon anime series.

24. Carnivine
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation IV

Carnivine exudes scare factor vibes based on design, which is clearly inspired by the Venus flytrap. It also gives off some silly vibes thanks to those signature googly eyes it sports. With both those factors combined, you can’t help but have some love for this Bug Catcher Pokémon. The fact that it’s officially known for having “sweet-smelling saliva” also gets it placed on this list of the best grass type Pokemon.

23. Vileplume
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation 1

This classic Grass/Poison type Pokémon is pretty much a walking flower that is one of the final forms attached to Oddish. Vileplume gets a lot of props from us for its great design (those massive petals and that warm smile make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside) and its impressive Special Attack and Special Defense stats.

22. Gourgeist
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation VI

Simply put, Gourgeist is the type of Pokémon that spooks us a bit. It’s pretty much a living, breathing pumpkin that’s capable of expanding itself into three different sizes from its Small form – Average, Large, and Super Size. This Ghost/Grass type creature certainly invokes a bit of fear into any trainers that come across it. Capturing one is worth it thanks to that high intimidation factor and its commendable defense stat.

21. Decidueye
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation VII

This Pokémon is pure elegance in living, breathing form. The graceful feathers and the beautiful color scheme encompasses Decidueye’s extravagant design. This evolved form of Dartrix looks amazing and relies on the powerful elemental type combination of Ghost and Grass. Having this airborne pocket monster in your party is worth a shot since its Attack, Special Attack, and Special Defense stats make it a force to be reckoned with.

20. Exeggutor
Toho Co., Ltd.
  • Generation 1

Once your Exeggcute finally evolves, that set of angry eggs transforms into a towering tree that sports three coconut-shaped heads. And when that powerful new form takes shape, a strong hybrid Psychic/Grass type Pokémon makes its presence felt as comedy relief and a battle-hardened party member for every Pokémon trainer. We’ve always had a ton of appreciation for this OG member of the Pokémon franchise. And on the combat front, its solid HP, Attack, and Special Attack stats are nothing to sneeze at.

19. Bellossom
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation II

We already showed our adoration for one of Oddish’s evolved forms in Vileplume. And now we’d like to do the same for another one of that Pokémon’s recognizable forms, which is none other than the alluring Bellossom. Based on this creature’s appearance in the animated series, we could never forget Bellossom thanks to its signature proclamation of its name every time it appeared onscreen. It features one of the more iconic Pokémon designs as it looks like a living, breathing flower. And when it’s time to enter the heat of battle, the Special Attack and Special Defense stats for Bellossom make it worth investing your time and energy into.

18. Ludicolo
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation III

How can you not love this guy? If you’re one of the few folks out there that remember Amingo from Marvel vs. Capcom 2, then you can obviously see the similarities between that fighting cactus and this “Carefree Pokémon.” Ludicolo combines the best of both worlds by being a Water/Grass type creature that relies on signature abilities such as Swift Swim and Rain Dish. On the Special Attack and Special Defense front, Ludicolo is a worthy addition to your growing Pokémon roster.

17. Bulbasaur
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation 1

When everyone started their journey to become the very best that no one ever was, you had the choice to choose between Charmander, Squirtle, and this quintessential Poison/Grass type Pokémon. Bulbasaur stands next to all those super iconic creatures from the very first generation and it still held up as one of the most lovable Pokémon we’ve ever laid eyes on. Its raspy voice just warms our soul every time it used to say its name in the animated series.

16. Lurantis
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation VII

The “Bloom Sickle Pokémon” is nothing to trifle with, ladies and gents. It may look all cutesy and non-threatening, but its outer exterior should never get anyone to let their guard down. Lurantis draws its prey in thanks to its sweet aroma…AND THEN IT STRIKES! Once Fomantis evolves, this lovely Pokémon comes a calling and treats trainers to a creature that sports high Attack and Special Attack when it comes time to do combat.

15. Tsareena
The Pokémon Company
  • Generation VII

Capturing and training a Bounsweet is worth the effort due to the prize that lies at the end of its evolutionary trail. Going from that Pokémon to Steenee and then to Tsareena is one of those Pokémon trainer goals that everyone should aspire to. Tsareena aka the “Fruit Pokémon” looks grand and has a demeanor that gives off that of a high-class noble. The overall design of this creature points to its high marks in encompassing pure elegance and its high Attack stat means it’s one of those grass type battlers that can really pack a punch.

14. Meganium
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation II

Chikorita has already appeared on this list as a part of the start of this Pokémon’s evolutionary tree. As it grows stronger, it grows into a Bayleef then balloons to the big “Herb Pokémon” known as Meganium. That name says it all – what we have on display here is a mega-sized behemoth that can soak up a whole lotta damage (its high Defense and Special Defense stats point to that statement being nothing but facts!). Meganium’s one of those Generation II Starter Pokémon evolutions that we regard so highly.

13. Serperior
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation V

The regalness and elegance of Serperior are simply unmated. Making the decision to start off your journey in Pokémon Black and White with a Snivy paid off handsomely since its final form gifted you with this gem of a grass type monster. It looks so gorgeous and looks like the type of Pokémon that wouldn’t look out of place in some sort of royal setting. Serperior is considered to be a high-class Pocket Monster that comes with commendable Defense, Special Defense, and Speed stats for anyone looking to have one for themselves.

12. Tangrowth
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation IV

You totally remember the Generation I Pokémon Tangela, right? Well, it so just so happened to get a new type of evolution within Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum that happens once the move Ancient Power is finally acquired. And then, the beefy creature covered in vines known as Tangrowth is born. Tangrowth is a fave of ours thanks to its strong toolset and stats that truly put it on a higher tier of grass type creatures that are great party members. Its HP, Attack, Defense, and Special Attack stats are all high and make it worth adding to your roster of fighting party members.

11. Sceptile
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation III

Just look at that smirk! Even though it always looks like it’s clearly up to no good, we can’t help but love everything about Sceptile’s overall design. Selecting a Treecko, strengthening it into a Grovyle, and finally pushing that former evolution to upgrade to a Sceptile results in this slick Pocket Monster becoming a part of your roster. The sharp leaves attached to its arms, plus its praiseworthy Special Attack and Speed stats also make Sceptile worthy of being placed on this list.

10. Celebi
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation II

We’d be crazy to exclude this time-traveling beauty from a list of the very best grass type Pokemon! Celebi’s such a cute Pocket Monster that’s been turned into a vast lineup of hugable plush dolls that we just so happen to own. The fact that it’s capable of leaving lush green vegetation in its wake is another one of the reasons why we love Celebi so much. And on a combat level, all of Celebi’s stats are amazing across the board and make it worth adding to your crew as an unstoppable force worth empowering.

9. Gogoat
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation VI

Gogoat comes off like a massive tank, doesn’t it? So much so that the denizens of the vast Pokémon world regularly mount it and form bonds with them during their long travels. We recognize just how much of a proud beast this Pocket Monster is and just how intimidating it can be when the time comes for it to put down a rival trainer’s Pokémon. Its insanely high HP stats, plus its equally acceptable Attack and Special Attack stats are also worthy of our praise and applause.

8. Roserade
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation IV

If we were all living in a world populated by Pokémon, then we’re quite sure no woman would ever get used to catching this living bouquet at every wedding they attend. Even still, you can’t help but be enamored with the allure put forward by this Poison/Grass type Pocket Monster known as Roserade. This gorgeous Pokémon comes from the evolutionary trail started by Budew and continued by Roselia. Roserade’s battle efficiency comes from its high Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed stats.

7. Shaymin
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company

Here we have another adorable grass type Pokémon that exudes the real-life characteristics of a hedgehog. And what makes it so special is its classification as a Mythical Pokémon that can morph into two different forms – Land Forme (Grass type) and Sky Forme (Grass/Flying type). We’re bigger fans of the oh-so-precious and lovable Land Forme that appears here on this list – just look at how cute this little tyke is! We also chose to honor Shaymin on this list of the very best grass type Pokemon thanks to its high stats across the board.

6. Ferrothorn
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation V

Catching an unassuming Ferroseed may come off like a waste at first. But in the process of pushing it to level up and meet its true potential, that mission becomes well worth all the trouble since it evolved into this “Thorn Pod Pokémon.” Ferrothorn is a Steel/Grass type creature that’s pretty much a living impenetrable fortress that can do some real damage via its Iron Barbs ability. It may not be the fastest, but its high Attack, Defense, and Special Defense stats make up for that weak link in Ferrothorn’s game.

5. Venusaur
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation 1

Venasaur is such a legendary member of the original 151 Pokémon that hail from the Kanto region. Fans just couldn’t get enough of seeing Charizard, Blastoise, and this big boy that has a massive tree coming out of its back in the game, trading card game, and cartoons. We love good old Bulbasaur and we feel the same way about Ivysaur. But it’s Venusaur we recognize as one of the highest ranking grass type Pokémon we’ve ever had the pleasure of raising to level 100. Venusaur’s Mega Evolution form, plus its high Special Attack and Special Defense stats point to its legendary status.

4. Zarude
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation VIII

As we get closer to mentioning the best three grass type Pokemon of all time, it’s about time we showed our fondness for the vicious-looking “Rogue Monkey Pokémon.” This sharp-clawed killer looks so frightening due to the fact that it’s a hybrid Dark/Grass type creature. This species of monkey Pokémon is a powerhouse – just take a quick peek at its stats across the board and you’ll realize why it’s worth having a Zarude amongst your primary battle competitors.

3. Rillaboom
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation VIII

Speaking of powerful monkeys that reside in the wide and wonderful world of Pokémon, we gotta mention that all-powerful “Drummer Pokémon” known as Rillaboom. The hulking build of this Pocket Monster and its penchant for soaking up a ton of damage before it can finally be felled are two of the reasons why we rank it so highly on this list. If Donkey Kong were a Pokémon, we’re pretty sure it’d look like this guy. On the stats front, Rillaboom’s HP, Attack, and Defense are pretty monumental.

2. Tapu Bulu
  • Generation VII

What we have here is a legendary guardian deity that has the mystical ability to help vegetation grow in whichever area it takes refuge. Plus it can make its wooden horns grow to impressive proportions and do even more damage when combat arises. Tapu Bulu is a Fairy/Grass type Pokémon that’s practically a god whose powers are extraordinary in practice. We’ve always loved the Aztec-like design of this Pokémon and its strong stats in the areas of Attack, Defense, and Special Defense. Simply put, Tapu Bulu is one of the very best.

1. Kartana
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company
  • Generation VII

Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the massive Ultra Beast that can lay waste to an entire army of Pokémon in one fell swoop. The greatest grass type Pokemon of all time is none other than the “Drawn Sword Pokémon” known as Kartana, who also sports the highly effective abilities tied to Steel type creatures. Kartana (also known as “UB-04 Blade”) sports a cool regular form and an equally cool Shiny form that affords it extra cool points. Its insanely high Attack power, strong Defense, and respectable Speed stats make up the fearsome vigor this flashy Pokémon wields.


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Sooshi’s heart is always fulfilled thanks to two very important factors in her life – sushi and video games. And judging by her Twitch moniker, it’s easy to spot the connection between her love for delicious Japanese cuisine. When the time comes for her to hop on the sticks for a live and highly appreciative audience, Sooshi does so by putting her immense first-person shooter skills on full display. Somehow someway, we succeeded at pulling Sooshi away from her hardcore Apex Legends, Valorant, and Overwatch 2 game sessions to pick her brain about her origins and so much more. Tap in!

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ONE37pm: So I read that you’ve been gaming on a PC since you were five years old. What were some of the titles you remember playing back then and how would you describe those experiences?

Sooshi: Back in ancient times when my dad purchased our first PC, I would spend hours grinding Neopets for “Neopoints.” I then moved swiftly onto Morrowind and its wide array of expansions, which I could lose myself in for hours on end. Of course until our landline phone would ring and my 56k dial-up would cut off until my mum had finished the call. Being able to escape in those games really helped me through some difficult years of bullying at school. I don’t think I would be the person I am today without those games. In saying that, I do wish I had grown up playing the FPS genre more. I specialize in it today, so it might have saved me the many hours of aim training I needed to get to the level I am now.

ONE37pm: When did you make the decision to turn your love of gaming into a live streaming/content creation career?

Sooshi: Around six years ago, an IRL friend of mine suggested I try streaming games on Twitch. I was still an avid gamer, but quite against it at first. I was not too keen on being on webcam so much, but at the time it seemed necessary to have a camera to get started. Shortly after streaming Skyrim, I realized how fun it was to have people alongside my adventures. After that realization, I was pretty much addicted to streaming. Chat made me laugh and made me see things in a way I had never thought of before.

ONE37pm: Your favorite genre is first-person shooters. Which ones do you recognize as the greatest of all time?

Sooshi: Overall, it has to be Counter-Strike. But mine personally is Overwatch. I have over 6000 hours in it. I started at the lowest rank of bronze and got five of my accounts to “Grandmaster” over five years. It taught me so much about positioning and developed my mechanical skills.

ONE37pm: Apex Legends, Overwatch, and Valorant are your go-to FPS games. Describe an awesome moment you’ve experienced within each of those games.

Sooshi: Apex Legends – Recently my team died to a third party early game and I managed to hide in amongst the fight as new teams arrived. I stood in a corner and healed up quickly, even taking a stray bullet. Then I managed to get my team’s banners, get them back, and win the game later on. It was hilarious. I always play solo queue, so without comms it’s rare I get away with such a play.

Overwatch – I had a Genji on the opposing team giving big ego in match chat against my team. We ignored it and played like normal. I managed to sleep him on Ana on his every. single. nanoblade. He didn’t talk in the match chat again and we won.

Valorant – I am very much of a noob in Valorant. I am only level nine currently and have not played as much as I would like to. On one of my first games, my team was flaming me as I did not know the map, etc. I managed to clutch one round somehow and they changed their attitude. They began teaching me things and giving me weapons. It was an unexpected turnaround I won’t forget.

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ONE37pm: Give us a brief overview of the partnerships you’ve acquired due to your career thus far.

Sooshi: I am currently an AMD partner, which is an amazing opportunity. I am also partnered with G Fuel Energy, which I replaced my previous energy drinks with. Lastly, I have featured on the Blizzard Launcher several times for Overwatch, which still feels like a daydream to me.

ONE37pm: So you love sushi! What sushi recommendations would you give to someone who’s interested in trying it out for the very first time?

Sooshi: People often mistake “sushi” for just meaning “raw fish,” which is so not true! There are plenty of tasty non-raw rolls to try. I like starting with some simple avocado maki with soy sauce and Japanese mayo. Sweet potato/pumpkin or prawn tempura crunchy rolls are to die for. My personal favorite is a salmon and avocado temaki, which DOES have raw salmon but it is insanely good.

ONE37pm: What are three essential pieces of advice you think every up-and-coming content creator/streamer should know?

Sooshi: 1 – Do not enter the streaming world expecting any form of monetary returns. It is a sad truth but it has to be a passion and hobby for you to succeed. If you go into it expecting to make a living you might not last long enough.

2 – Turn off your viewer count. It is easy to obsess over numbers and be deflated when you aren’t growing, but during the stream is not the time to think about it. Enjoy the people who are there for you and have fun. Try to leave the stat reviews for off-stream if you feel like you need to assess your game plan.

3 – Do not self-advertise in other streamers’ chats. Discord is okay if they have a designated self-promo channel. If you do this in their chat it can seem rude and make them not wish to collaborate with you at a later date.

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