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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.

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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
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
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
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
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.

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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.

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1. 100Thieves
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
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
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
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
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 Battle.net 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
OG

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
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

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
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.

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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)
Valve

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
Activision

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)
ELEAGUE

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

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

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
KRAFTON

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)
Garena

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
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

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.

20. GENESIS
GENESIS

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.

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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.

RELATED: The 25 Best Water Type Pokémon and a Full Guide to the Element

What is a Grass Type Pokémon?
Loveleen Kaur / ONE37pm

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
Niantic
  • 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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50 Best Gifts for Gamers This Holiday Season

The Christmas season has arrived. And just like every year, those unmistakable hints of holiday cheer came early in November—the Hess Toy Truck commercial, the throwback Hershey’s Kisses TV ad, and the inescapable music like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” For gamers, the past few years have been gifting them with greatness all year long with gaming gems like a proper Resident Evil 2 remake, the long-awaited release of Kingdom Hearts III, a strong lineup of Nintendo Switch exclusives, a quality single-player Star Wars game and so much more.

While it’s easy to wrap up and gift one of those titles to your favorite gamers, chances are they already have it in their library and have probably beaten it more times than they can count. If you’re in the market for the best gift for gamers, our recommendations will surely help you. Besides your usual gamut of new controllers, digital currency and online service subscription cards, and corny video game clothing, there are tons of video game-related items gamers would prefer unwrapping on Christmas Day.

Here are 50 of those potential gifts for you to consider.

1. A Retro Arcade1Up Home Gaming Cabinet
Arcade1Up

Arcade1Up has made quite the splash in the mini gaming market with a line of home arcade cabinets. So far, Arcade1Up has covered a wide range of coin-op classics with its first array of cabinetsMortal Kombat, Golden Tee, Galaga, and Rampage make up just a small fraction of the retro machines Arcade1Up has produced. Arcade1Up has increased its production efforts by putting out five new cabinets that belong in every retro gamer’s living room. The Marvel Super Heroes cabinet comes with three classic Capcom brawlers, the TMNT cabinet includes two of Konami’s greatest beat ’em ups and the Star Wars cabinet is jam-packed with addictive arcade shooters based on the original three films. And if you’re looking to engage in some heated head-to-head game sessions in Pac-Man and Street Fighter II, then Arcade1Up’s gaming table setups for either title are definitely worth a look.

$200-$500, GameStop
https://www.gamestop.com/search/?q=arcade1up&lang=default
2. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time’ Vinyl
Konami

Now we already mentioned how one of Konami’s most revered beat ’em ups is a TMNT game. That game happens to be Turtles in Time, a beautifully animated four-player arcade classic that defined the ’90s. Smashing multicolored Foot Clan ninjas while traveling through trippy interpretations of various time periods made Turtles in Time an endearing arcade experience back in the day. One of the best qualities of this cartoony game is its amazing soundtrack. “Big Apple, 3 AM,” “Alleycat Blues” and “Neon Night-Riders” are playlist-worthy tunes that still pop off to this very day. A remastered version of Turtles in Time’s incredible soundtrack can now be found on vinyl and played within the comfort of your own home. The special packaging and neon green record elicits warm memories of the lovable “turtles in a half shell.” So go ahead and take the plunge by giving this audio throwback to a gamer you love. 

$35, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Soundtrack/dp/B07VV5TS9K
3. SNK Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro
SNK

SNK already hit the mini gaming console market with miniature arcade cabinets full of noteworthy games. The Neo Geo Mini comes with its own gamepads, plus they’ve been released in numerous special editions worth checking out. Now SNK has released an even better nod to the past with the Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro. It doubles as a PC arcade stick that you can use for fighting games and a mini console packed with classic SNK fighters. One of the cooler features tied to this arcade stick is its ability to be paired with the Neo Geo Mini and gamepads for even more pixelated fun. This hook-up-and-play mini console/arcade stick is one of the best bargain deals on the market for SNK fanatics.

$130, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Neogeo-Arcade-Stick-Pro-Neo-Pocket/dp/B07XR9V88V?th=1
4. Sega Genesis Mini
Sega

Sega couldn’t possibly let Nintendo get all the mini gaming console glory, right? Sega made sure to remind everyone just how legendary its ’90s run was with the release of the Sega Genesis Mini. Sega did a bang-up job in honoring its past and also included a few unexpected surprises with this mini-gaming machine. Forty games are playable in Sega’s mini box, plus two of them are extra rare 16-bit titles no one was expecting to see—the Genesis version of Tetris and Darius. Two controllers come packaged in with the Sega Genesis Mini, so you and a friend can enjoy the holidays together by saving the day in some co-op Altered Beast or Gunstar Heroes playthroughs.

$50, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Sega-Genesis-Mini/dp/B07PFT19MG
5. ‘The 100 Greatest Retro Videogames: The Inside Stories Behind the Best Games Ever’
Retro Gamer

If you know a gaming history buff who loves a good coffee table book, this pickup will certainly put a smile on that person’s face. This fittingly titled book counts down 100 of the most iconic video games and throws in all sorts of extra info about each one. Developer interviews, behind-the-scenes tales, plenty of trivia, and other tidbits of important facts are included in this book alongside some amazing imagery. The 100 Greatest Retro Videogames: The Inside Stories Behind the Best Games Ever is the perfect book for longtime gamers and younger ones who need a history lesson about the hobby they love so much.

$18, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/100-Greatest-Retro-Videogames-Stories/dp/1787393089
6. SN30 Pro+ Wireless Controller
8BitDo

The Nintendo Switch is home to a bunch of throwback games lifted from Nintendo’s massive library. One of the best ways to enjoy those retro games is by putting this wireless controller in your hands. 8BitDo’s SN30 Pro+ just feels right when you’re trying to properly play and enjoy side-scrolling platformers and all of your favorite Switch first-person shooters. This controller comes with a host of customizable features that allow you to save personal control profiles on a game-by-game basis. The SN30+ wireless controller isn’t just a Switch peripheral though—it’s also compatible with PC and mobile devices.

$50, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/8Bitdo-Sn30-Pro-Bluetooth-Gamepad-mac/dp/B07T8JKVNT?th=1
7. BT Audio Sync Wireless Headphone Adapter for Nintendo Switch
Bionik

At the moment, the Nintendo Switch only gives you the option to enjoy your gaming on the go with a wired headset. Thankfully, enjoying the portable console with your preferred choice in a wireless headset can be done if you own this awesome device. BT Audio Sync’s Wireless Headphone Adapter for the Switch comes in the form of a miniature USB C wireless Bluetooth adapter that lets you install and pair wireless headphones. While enjoying your Switch games, the pass-through charging port on the BT Audio Sync allows you to simultaneously charge your console. You can play countless hours of portable gaming with your Switch while your wireless headset stands ready to handle all of your audio needs.

$40, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Bionik-Audio-Sync-Compatible-Passthrough/dp/B07THFG1GL
8. Artovision Classic Video Game Desktop Art
Artovision

Artovision crafts the finest pieces of collectible artwork that can be placed on anyone’s wall or laid atop a desk. Artovision’s retro gaming art stands out as some of the company’s best work, and after scrolling through a few of them, it’s easy to see why. Artovision’s desktop art pieces recreate the best scenes from Street Fighter II, Contra III, Space Quest, Frogger, Cuphead, and a slew of other recognizable video games. Spice up your workstation with any or all of Artovision’s gorgeous gaming desktop art.

$40, Artovision
https://artovision3d.com/collections/desktop-art/Game
9. Razer Kraken Gaming Headset
Razer

Razer’s most known for giving esports competitors one of the better wired and wireless headset products. One of Razer’s best products is the Kraken headset, which offers compatibility with the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Besides its slick light green color scheme, the Razer Kraken gaming headset offers maximum comfort thanks to its cooling-gel earmuff cushions. The 50 mm drivers are fine-tuned to provide the best soundscapes for every game you play, and its retractable microphone cancels out any background noise that could hamper your gaming experience. The Razer Kraken gaming headset is an affordable and quality pickup for all types of gamers.

$50, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Razer-Kraken-Gaming-Headset-2019/dp/B07N86GL5T
10. ‘Overwatch: The Official Cookbook’
Blizzard Entertainment

The diverse hero lineup and the massive world contained within Overwatch are the main inspiration behind this delicious cookbook. Blizzard’s popular first-person shooter steps away from all the multiplayer madness with this book and concocts a delectable collection of easy-to-make dishes. This fully colored cooking tome teaches gaming chefs how to make an Orisa ice cream sundae, a cup of Valkyrie’s Flight tea, a tray full of Canadian Butter Tarts and so many more mouth-watering recipes. Step into the Overwatch universe with the help of this helpful cookbook and wow all your most trusted co-op heroes.

$18, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Overwatch-Official-Cookbook-Chelsea-Monroe-Cassel/dp/1683835883
11. Arcade Light Switch
Stop The Boring

Since we won’t be able to go to the arcade this holiday season, the next best thing would be to create an at-home arcade setup. These arcade lights are fun wall plates that can be plugged into any room. Even cooler is the option to select which color buttons you want on the wall plates. The Arcade Light Switch is a fun way to bring back that nostalgic arcade feeling that we all know and love. 

$10.99 Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I2TPJNS/?tag=brokegifts-20&ascsubtag=v7_1_4_29mf_P0_4_x01_-srt-
12. Respawn Gaming Chair
Amazon

Gaming requires maximum comfort, so a perfect gift for a gamer would be a gaming chair. In addition to the cool design, the chair is made for ultimate comfort with a headrest pillow and lumbar cushion. The chair also has a memory foam seat and adjustable armrests to match. This Respawn gaming chair (or any really) is sure to help take gamers to the next level.

$162.99, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/RESPAWN-110-Racing-Style-Gaming-Chair/dp/B076HTP2YQ
13. ‘Minecraft’ Glowstone
Target

Minecraft has been one of the most popular and most played games since 2011, so the Minecraft Lampstone would make a cool gift to all of the Minecraft fanatics out there. The lamp models the popular glowstone blocks in the game and can be placed anywhere in the house. It’s also a cool edition for anyone that’s in a need of new lamp.

$24.99, Target
https://www.target.com/p/minecraft-glowstone-table-lamp/-/A-53168038?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000012732778&CPNG=PLA_Bath%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Bath&LID=700000001170770pgs&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=g&device=c&loca
14. Xbox Series X/S
Xbox Wire

Thanks to it being a bit easier to buy in stores and online these days, the newest Xbox console would be a great gift for an avid Xbox fan. For starters, there are two versions to choose from. You could go with the Series X (which is the hardware version), or you could choose the Series S (which is the digital version). The Series X retails for $499 while the Series S goes for $299.

$499/$399, Wal-Mart
https://www.walmart.com/cp/xbox-series/9206773
15. PlayStation 5
Pocket-lint

Speaking of a console restock, the PlayStation 5 is also more readily available for anyone and everyone. So for all the PlayStation fans who are worried about not being able to get a restock anytime soon, this would make a great gift. Like the Xbox, the PS5 comes with both a standard and digital edition. The standard is priced at $499, while the digital retails for $399.

$499/$399, Wal-Mart
https://www.walmart.com/cp/playstation-5/3475115
16. Hypnotic Light Cube
Sharper Image

For those that are looking to spruce up their homes and offices, the Hypnotic Light Cube is a beautiful piece consisting of 64 LEDs displaying a whopping 4,096 colors. The Light Cube also has 51 light patterns and 10 transition effects which certainly give off a ‘hypnotic effect.’ 

$129.99, Sharp Image
https://www.sharperimage.com/view/product/The+Hypnotic+Light+Cube/200950?Keyword=&adpos=&cm_mmc=CPC-_-Google-_-Shopping+Campaigns+High+Priority-_-&creative=379880655780&creative=379880655780&device=c&gclid=CjwKCAiA7939BRBMEiwA-hX5J7h7hVCR4U4_Tp9nWAcadmG6w
17. Xbox Game Pass
Walmart

Back over to Xbox, if your gamer already has an Xbox console, then you may want to consider gifting a one-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass. The Game Pass gives gamers access to over 100 games to play on both the Xbox console and PC. The one-month pass could be a good ‘trial run’ to see whether or not gamers like the subscription.

$14.99, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TFP7JFH?ots=1&slotNum=19&imprToken=98baf3f1-d3f0-8bf2-52e&ascsubtag=[]st[p]cjamuhtvj004momy6dvhr8k8u[i]kfSxWh[d]D[z]m[t]w[r]google.com&tag=thestrategistsite-20
18. Elgato Stream Deck
Best Buy

The Elgato Stream Deck can be used not just for gaming, but for other purposes as well including music, and the ability to mute yourself. For gamers, this is a must-have as it allows you to switch scenery while streaming and other cool effects. The Elgato Stream Deck Controller is also compatible with many different live-streaming services. 

$249.99, Best Buy
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/elgato-stream-deck-xl-wired-keypad-with-back-lighting-black/6350572.p?skuId=6350572
19. Arctis 9x SteelSeries Headphones
Best Buy

These Arctis 9 SteelSeries Headphones are top-tier headphones, and you will definitely get your bang for your buck. The headphones are wireless which subconsciously makes you feel less stressed. These headphones are also extremely comfortable and come with on-ear controls that allow you to easily adjust the volume.

$59.99, GameStop
https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/xbox-one/accessories/headsets/products/arctis-9x-wireless-gaming-headset-for-xbox-one/176918.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAkuP9BRCkARIsAKGLE8WKKwm4KxfpwntHnPHRqPiRoOGN-Vihd6bIHOWr3gSWbbiWMuWrigYaArLJEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
20. Drink CTRL
Drink CTRL

Let’s face it. Gamers don’t eat nearly as much as they are supposed to because they are so focused on gaming throughout the day. Drink CTRL helps with that as it is a shaker for meal replacements. The process of using it is quite simple, just put your meal replacement ingredients in the shaker and shake! With the shaker, you can stay focused on the game, while still eating a healthy nutritious meal.

$9.94, Drink CTRL
https://drinkctrl.com/products/ctrl-black-shaker
21. Logitech G203 Gaming Mouse
Logitech G

The Logitech G203 is a cost-effective mouse for anyone that wants to try their hands at PC Gaming. It has RGB along with extremely high speeds, a gaming-grade sensor, mechanical button tensioning, and more. The mouse also comes with six programmable buttons and onboard memory giving gamers an extremely high-tech mouse to make their gaming experience more enjoyable.

$39.99, Logitech G
https://www.logitechg.com/en-us/products/gaming-mice/g203-prodigy-gaming-mouse.910-004842.html
22. SteelSeries Apex Pro
Amazon

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is one of the best keyboards out. It is the first of its kind with adjustable mechanical switches and remains one of the best keyboards in gaming. The keyboard is known to give gamers a competitive edge, and the outside is an OLED screen that can also be used to import graphics and GIFs giving a more personal touch. In addition to that, the keycaps are highly ranked. While there are different versions of the Apex Pro, the TKL gives you more mouse room which adds to the comfort level.

$179.99, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/SteelSeries-Apex-Mechanical-Gaming-Keyboard/dp/B07TBGQ6P7/ref=asc_df_B07TBGQ6P7/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=385639465907&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17972636889564676847&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=
23. ‘Spider-Man Miles Morales’
Gamestop

Who doesn’t love Spider-Man? The latest drop in the Spider-Man series is Spider-Man: Miles Morales game which was released on November 12th. The game continues to follow the story of Miles Morales as he continues in his quest to protect New York City. So far the game has received excellent reviews and is well worth a play from any gamer.

$49.99, GameStop
https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/playstation-4/games/products/marvels-spider-man-miles-morales/11108924.html
24. PlayStation Store Card
Gamestop

If you are having trouble figuring out what your gamer might want this holiday season, then you may want to consider a gift card. The PlayStation Store Card allows gamers to purchase new games, add-ons for games, movies, and more. The PlayStation Store Card continues to be a favorite amongst PlayStation fans.

$50, GameStop
https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/playstation-4/digital/gift-cards/products/playstation-store-gift-card-50/154535.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAkuP9BRCkARIsAKGLE8XNWZX7ulzPuEbuv_oRuHTWByJ-ji0M7oWI0k7IBlnMRbTSgeYiZSMaAlaEEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
25. Gaming Pillow
Amazon

Long gaming hours can also result in some back discomfort, so a gaming pillow would be an excellent gift for an avid gamer. The pillow is designed specifically as a backrest and provides comfort and support while gaming. The pillow comes in both a standard and large size, and also has a neck support option available.

$39.99, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/LINENSPA-Shredded-Foam-Reading-Pillow/dp/B0117SNG0O
26. Nintendo Switch
Best Buy

If you are looking for a smaller gaming device to get your gamer, then you may want to give the Nintendo Switch a try if you haven’t already. Since its debut three years ago, the Switch has a been popular gaming console for those who prefer something smaller and portable. The Switch is especially good for children as the device is small enough to be taken anywhere. The Switch has a wide variety of games available, giving you a great gaming experience.

$199.99, Best Buy
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/nintendo-switch-32gb-lite-turquoise/6257139.p?skuId=6257139
27. Luminoodle Color Lighting
Amazon

Gamers are always looking for a way to upgrade their technology with the newest and coolest features. The Luminoodle LED strip lights are the perfect accessory to juice up your TV. The light switch comes in 15 different colors and glows in the dark as you are playing. The light switch also helps to reduce eye strain as it’s never good to play in the dark, making it a pretty neat two-in-one feature.

$16.99, Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LG99NXI?linkCode=ogi&tag=bp_links-20&ascsubtag=[artid|2089.g.2070[src|[ch|[lt|
28. Personalized Gamer Sign
Etsy

If you are looking for a nice quirky gift to get your gamer, then you should definitely consider a personalized gaming sign. In short, the gaming sign consists of a LED name tag light up that comes in a color of your choice. All you have to do is add the name during the checkout process and you are good to go!

$34.62, Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/listing/888407311/personalised-gamer-name-sign-gaming-name?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_ts1-b-home_and_living-lighting-night_lights&utm_custom1=_k_Cj0KCQiAkuP9BRCkARIsAKGLE8UktnIIOhMDqjdXjSq7
29. ‘Call of Duty: Blacks Ops Cold War’
Activision

If your gamer hasn’t already purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, then you should definitely purchase the latest installment as a gift. The newest COD features enhanced battles, zombies, warzones, and more. In addition to that, the game has a multiplayer mode and can be cross-played across all platforms.

$59.99, Wal-Mart
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Call-of-Duty-Black-Ops-Cold-War-Activision-Xbox-One/501702889?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0
30. ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’
Amazon

Ladies and gentlemen, one of the most therapeutic and fun games to ever be created. Animal Crossing remains a best seller, and its latest edition New Horizons has been in high demand ever since its release this past March. So if you haven’t already gotten New Horizons, you should definitely consider it as a gift for yourself and your loved ones.

$59.99, GameStop
https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/switch/games/products/animal-crossing-new-horizons/212535.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=feeds&utm_campaign=unpaid_listings
31. EKSA Gaming Headset Stand
Amazon

There are multiple headsets on this list, but if the person you’re gifting something to already has a headset, perhaps what they could need is a headset stand. This one by EKSA is functional but also fashionable.

Buy now, $32.99
https://www.amazon.com/EKSA-Aluminum-Headphone-Universal-Accessories/dp/B08L92HRBR/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=EKSA+Gaming+Headset+Stand&qid=1634183839&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUE1TThPVVgzOERRWFgmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAyMTE1MTcyRFMxQlM4QVVKSFBOJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAwMDMyNDcxU0FVVUhFRVhVMFpWJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
32. ‘The Game Console 2.0: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox’
Amazon

This is a coffee table book that’s great for gamers. Even if you don’t want to sit down and read, just flicking through the pictures is a treat. The book takes readers through the history of dozens of consoles, with a focus on hardware.

Buy now, $27.10
https://www.amazon.com/Game-Console-2-0-Photographic-History/dp/1718500602/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Game+Console+2.0%3A+A+Photographic+History+from+Atari+to+Xbox&qid=1634183906&sr=8-1
33. World of ‘Halo’ Figure and Vehicle
Amazon

With Halo being the franchise that it is and Halo Infinite on the way soon, this figure of Master Chief on a Mongoose is a great gift at the moment. It also comes with a rocket launcher accessory and a stand.

Buy now, $19.99
https://www.amazon.com/HALO-Master-Chief-Mongoose-Vehicle/dp/B085QLMDJ9/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=world+of+halo+figure&qid=1634184000&sr=8-6
34. Seagate 1TB SSD
Amazon

The new consoles come with 1TB of storage but if Call of Duty updates have taught us anything, it’s that you can never have too much free storage. If anything, there won’t be enough. A hard drive like this one is as thoughtful as gifting can get for gamers.

Buy now, $84.95
https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FireCuda-Gaming-Accelerated-Performance/dp/B07H2549QS/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=seagate+1TB+SSD&qid=1634184075&sr=8-5
35. Vintage PlayStation Icon T-Shirt
Amazon

With how popular it is, perhaps three of the four symbols on this t-shirt will mostly remind people of Squid Game, but there’s no doubt that even casual gamers will respect the fit.

Buy now, $19.95
https://www.amazon.com/Ripple-Junction-Playstation-Vintage-T-Shirt/dp/B00OWA80NI/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=vintage+playstation+icon+t-shirt&qid=1634184178&sr=8-1
36. ‘Monopoly: Fortnite Edition’
Amazon

Variations of Monopoly aren’t the most unique gift ever, but even if they’re a bit cliché, it’s for a reason. This Fortnite edition is great because it of course features locations from the game.

Buy now, $32.99
https://www.amazon.com/Monopoly-Fortnite-Board-Inspired-Video/dp/B07SZRHWYZ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=monopoly+fortnite&qid=1634184257&sr=8-2
37. HyperX Wrist Rest
Amazon

If the person you’re thinking of giving a gift to is a PC gamer that stares at their monitor for hours upon end, a thoughtful gift could be this HyperX Wrist Rest which supports the wrist and is a great comfort during those long sessions.

Buy now, $34.26
https://www.amazon.com/HyperX-Wrist-Rest-Anti-Slip-Ergonomic/dp/B07GP7JXQY/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=HyperX+HX-WR+Wrist+Rest+for+full-sized+keyboards%2C+8.8cm+x+45.7cm+x+2.2cm&qid=1634184396&sr=8-2
38. Pokéball Mug
Amazon

For drinkers of tea, coffee, and/or hot chocolate who are also fans of Pokémon, is there really a better gift around? This ceramic mug holds 400ml of liquid.

Buy now, $22.99
https://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-Sculpted-Ceramic-Piece-Pack/dp/B07R4TMYMM/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=pokeball+mug&qid=1634184464&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExQVI4R003UzM1WElOJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDU0ODI2MU1FREg4Skw5UjhYSSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjc5NDQyM0I0WkhIQTFVMjRXRyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
39. Paladone PlayStation Icons Light
Amazon

This is a bigger gift that you’ll have to make sure someone has space for, but if so, it’s one of the nicest options on this list. It’s an especially great idea for anyone with a dedicated gaming set-up or even an aspiring streamer to have in their background.

Buy now, $31.99
https://www.amazon.com/Paladone-PP4140PS-Playstation-Icons-Light/dp/B079CBP6P9/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=Paladone+PlayStation+Icons+Light&qid=1634184580&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUE2NEZSRFIzNTlZME4mZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA4NTQ4MjEyMTE0QkdNMU1JUUU4JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA3Njc0MTgzOE5JVThJRlIxNVNTJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
40. Personalised Gamer Water Bottle
Etsy

A gaming water bottle is a great idea if you want something that references gaming but isn’t necessarily centered around it.

Buy now, $14.95
https://www.etsy.com/listing/793274609/gamer-water-bottle-kids-name-water?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=gamer+water+bottle&ref=sr_gallery-1-1&col=1
41. Video Game Rage Candle
Etsy

We all let video games get the best of us sometimes, and there’s no shame in that. If the person you’re buying for has been known to rage quit a game or two, then this candle for that exact occasion could be the perfect offering. It’s designed with that scenario that we’ve all been in too.

Buy now, $9.56
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/656296254/video-game-rage-hand-poured-soy-candle
42. ‘Among Us’ Plushie
Amazon

Among Us might have already hit its peak for most out there, but it still has a dedicated fan base and the sequel to the game is still sure to give it a boost sometime soon. Either way, if your friend has great memories with the game, then an Among Us Plushie could be a great reminder.

Buy now, $16.88
https://www.amazon.com/HNSRYLQX-Plushies-Crewmate-Plushie-Plushiest/dp/B08LPR1PDM/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=among+us+plushie&qid=1634184849&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyNjVXVVlFMDY4WVQ0JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMTI5NTM4N1NDNFBNS0JQODhMJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAzOTI3MDgyU0taWTk2TFhIN1oyJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
43. The Evolution of The Video Game Console Poster
Amazon

A simple but special idea is this poster which is subtle enough that it’s not presumptuous to gift someone to have in their personal space but stands out enough to bring some life to a room.

Buy now, $13.99
https://www.amazon.com/Retro-Posters-Poster-Prints-UNFRAMED/dp/B08DYF83PW/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=evolution+of+video+games+poster&qid=1634184907&sr=8-1
44. ‘Minecraft’: The Creeper Mine LEGO
Amazon

A Minecraft and LEGO collaboration is something not a lot of people might have thought of but feels like a no-brainer because the voxel art in the game translates well. If creative mode in Minecraft is this person’s thing, this gift is perfect because it’s a massive 834 pieces and will take some of that same brainpower to put together.

Buy now, $120
https://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Minecraft-Creeper-Building-Pieces/dp/B07QQ39LN5/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=minecraft+creeper+lego&qid=1634184963&sr=8-1
45. ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Coasters
Amazon

Even gamers that aren’t into story games respect the Assassin’s Creed series, so these metal coasters will go a long way with someone. They have various AC-related images on each one and a cork back.

Buy now, $14.95
https://www.amazon.com/ABYstyle-Abysse-Corp_ABYCOS006-Assassins-Creed-Set/dp/B076KLG4XZ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=assassins%27s+creed+coasters&qid=1634185117&sr=8-1
46. Sega Genesis Mini 2
Amazon

If you copped the first edition of this mini retro console, then it’s definitely worth copping the newest version that comes with a host of even more retro games. The Sega Genesis Mini 2 comes with a six-button controller, which is much better for fighting game aficionados that can’t wait to take Super Street Fighter II for a spin. And the games library on this console is extensive since it’s filled with even more Sega Genesis and Sega CD classics, underrated gems, and little-known oddities.

Buy Now, $99.99
https://amzn.to/3A2kUGv
47. ‘Itchy Tasty: An Unofficial History of Resident Evil’
Amazon

Author Alex Aniel did an amazing job chronicling the up-and-down history of Capcom’s smash-hit survival horror franchise, Resident Evil. This book follows the origins of the series all the way up until the genre-defining Resident Evil 4 – avid fans of Capcom and RE lore, in general, will enjoy all the comments from the people that worked on each game, the critical responses to each release, the troubles that come with video game development, and so much more.

Buy Now, $19.95
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48. ‘Elden Ring’
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If you know a gamer in your life that’s a masochist who loves the difficult trials that come with FromSoftware games, then do them a favor and make sure they have this game in their collection. Chances are they have it already – if not, do them a favor by helping them get engrossed in this open-world take on the “Soulsbourne” formula. Elden Ring offers a grand adventure rife with intimidating bosses, tons of secrets to uncover, and a vast journey that will kill you repeatedly but keep you coming back for more. Chances are there are some gamers out there that love that kinda stuff.

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49. ‘God of War Ragnarök’
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“BOY!” The 2018 revival of the God of War series marked a new high for Kratos as he embarked on a dangerous trek alongside his son Atreus within a land steeped in Norse mythology. Its sequel God of War Ragnarök does everything so much better in every way – there’s more enemy variety, combat skills, locales to explore, and plenty of side tasks that have actual narrative importance to them.

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50. ‘Kirby and the Forgotten Land’
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Nintendo’s all-consuming pink hero finally evolved from side-scrolling platforming stages to 3D stages that allow for more free movement in this new Switch adventure. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is pretty much the Super Mario 64 version of Kirby’s long-running career – you’ll find yourself and whoever you buy this game for enamored with all the fun, charm, and bevy of secrets this platformer has in store.

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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.

Be sure to holler at Sooshi on her Twitter, Twitch, TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. And tell her we sent you!

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’

Ever since the inception of Pokémon took over the world in 1996, millions of intrepid Pokémon trainers have spent an insane amount of time trying to “catch ’em all.” Now in 2022, we’re on the verge of hopping into a brand new mainline series entry that fully realizes the dream concept fans have imagined for so long – a fully-open world Pokémon game that lets you go wherever you want and do whatever you want. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will transport players to a new region, introduce them to new species, and involve them in new adventures that’ll hopefully stick with them for years to come. Before you spend dozens of hours in its world, here’s everything you need to know about the latest mainline Pokémon titles.

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Release Date and Playable Platform
Nintendo / The Pokémon Company

For Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will be available on November 18, 2022.

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Story and Region

The overarching region at the heart of this new Pokémon journey is called “Paldea,” which is patterned after the real-world Iberian Peninsula. The booming city at the heart of this new region is called “Mesagoza,” which plays host to either the “Naranja Academy” (in Scarlet) or “Uva Academy” (in Violet). Your trainer attends one of those institutions and is pushed to involve themselves in the annual “Treasure Hunt,” which requires trainers to go exploring and come upon their own treasure (this journey is inspired by the newest trainer rival, Nemona). Three storylines lie at the heart of this new trek, which are explained below:

  1. Starfall Street – trainers will have to contend with a mischievous gang known as “Team Star”
  2. Path of Legends – trainers will team up with a new character named Arven in a bid to battle giant Pokémon and discover the lofty “Herba Mystica”
  3. Victory Road – trainers will have to take on eight Gym Leaders in any order they desire, face the ultimate champion, and become the greatest Pokémon Trainer in the process
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Starters and New Pokémon

As with every mainline Pokémon game, you’ll get to choose from three Starter Pokémon before you embark on your trek. Those brand new Pocket Monsters include:

  1. Sprigatito – Grass Cat Pokémon and Grass Type
  2. Fuecoco – Fire Croc Pokémon and Fire Type
  3. Quaxly – Duckling Pokémon and Water Type

As far as the newest Legendary Pokémon go, Scarlet will feature Koraidon while Violet will have Miraidon. The coolest thing about these new creatures is the fact that you can actually use them as transports across land, sea, and air. The newest array of Pokémon that will debut in this mainline series iteration is Armarouge (exclusively in Scarlet), Bellibolt, Ceruledge (exclusively in Violet), Cetitan, Cyclizar, Farigiraf, Fidough, Grafaiai, Greavard, Klawf, Lechonk, Paldean Wooper, Pawmi, Smoliv, Wiglett, and Gimmighoul.

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Gameplay

You know what to expect here if you’ve played any other Pokémon games in your lifetime – plenty of exploring, battling, capturing, trading, and training. The two major addition to that gameplay formula are the “Terastal” phenomenon and the four-player online co-op option. That first mechanic focuses on Pokémon being able to transform into their crystalline form, which changes their appearance and also has the possibility of switching up their elemental type to their “Tera Type.” Terastallized Pokémon have the ability to use a powerful move called “Tera Blast,” which is powered by that creature’s Tera Type. When it comes to the co-op feature, four players can venture together across the Paldea region and participate in “Tera Raid Battles.” These clashes include all four players taking on super-powerful Terastallized Pokémon during battles where no one has to wait for their turn to land an attack. Upon defeating that massive threat, they’ll be able to capture it.

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The 26 Best PS4 Adventure Games

Many of us look to gaming as an escape and as a result, going on crazy adventures from the comfort of our chairs, beds or sofas is a favorite of gamers worldwide. Solving puzzles and exploring vast worlds is one of the best gaming experiences out there and to help you figure out what might be next for you, below we’ve compiled a list of the 26 best PS4 adventure games. Be sure to check them out and prepare to embark on unforgettable journeys that can only be experienced in video game form.

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PS4 Adventure Games
Sony Interactive Entertainment

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1. ‘A Way Out’

If you want an adventure game that you can play with a friend, then it’s hard to recommend something better than A Way Out. Both of you take control of a character, breaking out of prison together, and dealing with the consequences in the process. It’s not remembered as one of the most critically acclaimed games ever, but playing through it with a friend and experiencing the game from two different perspectives is a great experience that classifies it as one of the greatest PS4 adventure games.

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2. ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’

The Assassin’s Creed series needed revitalization after years of games that didn’t quite inspire people the same way that the first few games did. Valhalla came at a time when fans had been won back by Origins and Odyssey though, so it came in better stead. Although this is more of an RPG, setting foot in the Viking Age as a raider in conflict makes for quite the adventure.

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3. ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’

For a game that takes place in one asylum and feels pretty linear in terms of boss fights and missions that involve the same kind of stealth, Batman: Arkham Asylum does an incredible job of keeping the game fresh. The game certainly inspired Marvel’s Spider-Man (which appears later on this list) and set the pace for a great series of Batman games that hold up to this day. It’s definitely worth checking out this classic and its equally amazing sequel Arkham City in the Batman: Return to Arkham collection.

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4. ‘Days Gone’

Days Gone doesn’t get the love that it deserves for being a game with a very immersive story and immersive gameplay features. Throughout it, you’ll feel genuinely relieved to find ammo, health kits, and other supplies that help you along your journey. The storyline is that during a zombie outbreak, you are separated from your wife, and years later, you’re determined to find her. For fans of zombie and storyline games, we couldn’t recommend this enough.

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5. ‘Devil May Cry 5’

This is the most recent entry in the Devil May Cry 5 series and is set five years after the events of Devil May Cry 4. Dante, Nero, and V must stop a Demon King called Urizen from destroying the human world. The game aims to appeal to both new fans of the series and returning fans with a variety of challenges and it does a good job of that. Go ahead and pick up the Special Edition of this wild hack and slasher so you play with the mega cool brother of Dante known as Vergil.

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6. ‘Fallout 4’

Many of the best adventure games out there are set in a post-apocalyptic setting, a world that feels like ours reimagined and in a way we’ve never seen before, which makes them exciting to explore. Fallout 4 sees players traverse a world destroyed by a nuclear explosion on a mission to find out what the cause of it was. It’s an emotional journey that will stay with you for a long time after completion and convince you of just how engrossing it is as one of the best PS4 adventure games.

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7. ‘Far Cry 3’

The Far Cry series has produced multiple great games, but Far Cry 3 takes the cake for most people. The series is known for its eccentric characters and incredible tropical settings to explore. Your heart will beat rapidly whether you choose to stealthily kill enemies or go in all guns blazing. Interactions with Vaas are some of the most memorable in recent gaming history with any enemy.

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8. ‘Firewatch’

Firewatch sees you play as Henry, a fire lookout in Shoshone National Forest. That job isn’t your main focus for long though, because eventually, strange things start happening which uncover a mystery from years ago that you and Delilah, your supervisor who you contact exclusively through a walkie-talkie, must figure out. The game’s art style, dialogue, and story are unforgettable. By the time you get to the end of this mysterious trek through the wilderness, you’ll quickly discover why we chose to acknowledge Firewatch as one of the finest PS4 adventure games.

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9. ‘Ghost of Tsushima’

Ghost of Tsushima takes you back to the 13th century, during the first Mongol Invasion of Japan. You play as Jin Sakai, a samurai who must protect Tsushima Island during this time. The open world is a treat to traverse and you can do so on horseback or on your feet. The game uses an interesting mechanic where instead of having a marker on a map, the wind blows in the direction that you need to go, making it much more immersive. The game’s combat system is also incredible and is as close as you’ll feel to being a samurai with a controller in your hand.

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10. ‘God of War’

Kratos and Atreus captured the hearts of gamers worldwide in 2018 with the release of God of War, which general consensus says is by far the biggest and best game in the series. You don’t have to know much about the story to appreciate the vast landscapes and the cinematography. November sees the release of its highly anticipated sequel, so there’s no better time to catch up than now.

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11. ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

Of course, this game has been out for more than nine years now and for a long time, its online mode is the topic of the conversation, so by default, the story has become somewhat underrated. Switching between Michael, Franklin, and Trevor while they reluctantly team up against whatever opposing forces are shooting at them at any given moment is fun, as are the twists and turns that come with the storyline.

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12. ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’

In Horizon Zero Dawn, you take on the role of Aloy, a hunter who lives in a world that’s filled with machines. This is one of the most unique settings in gaming and fighting robotic enemies is a great challenge. The great news is that if you enjoyed this game, you have a newly released sequel waiting for you. Playing this grand post-apocalyptic game and its follow-up Horizon Forbidden West will convince you of their mentions on this list of the greatest PS4 adventure games.

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13. ‘INSIDE’

INSIDE is one of the most distinctive games on this list and you’ll be able to recognize it from any screenshot from it. The game follows a boy in a dystopian world who must solve puzzles and avoid dying.

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14. ‘It Takes Two’

Like the aforementioned A Way Out, It Takes Two does not have a single-player option, which means you’ll have to find a friend to play with. It’s essentially an action-adventure game with elements of platforming where you and your friend will have to help each other through tricky situations. It’s a great co-op offering and that’s why it’s been such a big success commercially. The wild variations in gameplay themes and systems presented in It Takes Two make it worth recommending as one of the best PS4 adventure games.

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15. ‘Journey’

Although Journey was originally released on the PlayStation 3 in 2012, it was eventually put out on the PlayStation 4 in 2015. The objective of the game is essentially to travel through a desert towards a mountain but what makes it a special experience is that other players are also doing the same thing and you can join them on their journey too, without communicating.

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16. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’

The idea of a new Spider-Man game was always going to excite gamers and fans of the teenage superhero, but with this effort from 2018, Insomniac Games knocked it out of the park. Swinging through the streets of New York has never been so captivating and the story genuinely feels like something straight out of the comics, although it’s original. You’ll have just as much fun with the side missions and collectibles as you will the main story, plus you have Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales waiting for you and the official main series sequel that’ll have you playing as both NYC superheroes.

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17. ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

For full-blown immersion and a gaming adventure that will have you completely forgetting about your real life for hours upon end, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the best choice. The game’s pace is often slow, but that’s only because it forces you to pay attention to the smaller details that most games don’t think twice about. You don’t even have to stick to the main storyline to be entertained for hours here. You might just be riding your house, appreciating a landscape, when something happens that keeps you occupied.

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18. ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’

Released in 2015, Rise of the Tomb Raider follows the legendary Lara Croft as she heads out into Siberia in search of Kitezh, a city that promises immortality. For many, this is the best game in the entire series, at least since the first Tomb Raider game in 1996. The game boasts some of the better combat and exploration features of any of the Tomb Raider games and if you’ve played even a small handful of them, you know that that’s a great feat.

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19. ‘Stray’

Stray is one of the newer entries on this list. It was released in the summer and follows the adventure of a cat who finds itself stuck in a city populated by robots. A game where you play only as a cat might have been hard to pitch beforehand, but BlueTwelve Studio did a great job of executing a unique idea. Who knew a game that’s all about playing a cute feline would be classified as one of the best PS4 adventure games of all time?

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20. ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’

Skyrim memes are a little outdated now and most don’t hear about the game too much, but thanks to good ports and updates over the years, the game continues to live on. The world still feels rich and worth exploring and there are more than enough things in the game to keep you busy for dozens of hours. 

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21. ‘The Last of Us Part II’

For other games on this list, we’ve refrained from putting a game and its sequel here just so that we could save a spot for something else, but the sequel to The Last of Us is just as mesmerizing as the original game for a bunch of different reasons entirely. Polarising doesn’t begin to describe this game, with people split straight down the middle about what the game forces you to do. It’s unlike any other gaming experience you’ll have and you’ll be asking yourself some tough questions by the end of the game.

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22. ‘The Last of Us Remastered’

We were introduced to Joel and Ellie in 2013 and since then, we’ve seen them remastered and then remade once again for the current generation of gaming consoles. While we’d definitely recommend the latest version of the game for the best experience, it’s unfortunately not on the PS4, but luckily you certainly don’t need the latest graphics and a 4K monitor to fully appreciate the beauty of this game. That lies in the unique characters and the way that they develop, along with the realism of life-threatening encounters. This is, without a doubt, one of the best adventure games of all time.

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23. ‘The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series’

Telltale Games’ output includes some great offerings, like their Batman series, but their magnum opus by most accounts is The Walking Dead. It encompasses all the best parts of the show and packs them into a great game that truly feels like being in a zombie-infested world. You’ll have to fight off people, but also make tough decisions that you’ll have to deal with the consequences of.

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24. ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’

Playing as Geralt of Rivia is unanimously one of the most satisfying and fulfilling experiences in the PlayStation 4’s vast catalog of quality adventure experiences. He’s a monster slayer and is on the search for his daughter so that’s the main plot, but along the way, all kinds of side quests come up that really make this game feel like a complete masterpiece.

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25. ‘Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection’

The Uncharted series is one of the best when it comes to all-out adventures. This series features some of the most cinematic moments in all of gaming, one of which opened the movie that came out earlier this year. Of course, when you’re done with the first trilogy of games, you have Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End waiting for you and even The Lost Legacy, which feels like a worthwhile extension of that game.

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26. ‘Until Dawn’

Although you might not look at a game where you’re not running around and constantly fighting enemies as an adventure per se, Until Dawn’s method of letting players interact with it in intense moments makes it like playing a part in an insane movie. You control multiple young adults at different times, making crucial choices for them that change the way that the story plays out through the butterfly effect system.

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There are a lotta gamers out there that enjoy washing the local/online competition in the fighting games of their choice. One of those individuals is the infinitely hype Tekken addict known as “MrsPlayStuff,” who is most known for showing off her skills with Nina Williams on a regular basis. When she’s not in the process of developing VR/AR games, she’s spending her time pulling off sick air combos and pulling out clutch wins in her favorite fighting game series. We caught MrsPlayStuff during a rare moment of her not playing Tekken 7 to learn about her initial interest in the game, what made her decide to become a streamer, and more. And no – we didn’t ask about her nice eyebrows.

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ONE37pm: Your infatuation with Tekken 7 is commendable, I must say! When did you first get exposed to it?

MrsPlayStuff: I started playing Tekken 7 at the end of season 3! Me and my sister have played Tekken since we were little – we got introduced to it by our brother buying Tekken 3. We are both very competitive, so we started beating up our brother in Tekken and made him rage quit (hehe). I was always winning against everyone in our age group. I will say there were not a lot of good players where I am from in Norway.

ONE37pm: So how’s the Tekken grind been thus far? And which characters did you end up mastering and choosing as your main’s?

MrsPlayStuff: I started mashing with Asuka for fun in Tekken 7 without really knowing anything about frames. I ranked up to purple quite fine with her. Funny story – some boy beat me up with Lei in Tekken 7 and said “girls can’t play games!” in those ranks and that triggered me so much that I actually wanted to learn the game and “git gud.” I then started playing with Kasumi to learn the fundamentals and then I jumped to Nina since she is quite badass, and have mained Nina since.

ONE37pm: What made you want to become a streamer?

MrsPlayStuff: I figured I had something to give to the internet and wanted to be a good representative for women in gaming. I also have opinions I want to share with everyone and really want the internet to become a better place. But I’m still far from a position to do that since I think I am quite small yet, but I will still provide my opinions to the world.

ONE37pm: I know fighting games truly test one’s mettle, especially when you’re playing in front of viewers. Do you still get nervous while you’re playing or have you grown to become comfortable with your routine?

MrsPlayStuff: It actually depends actually on who I play – if there is someone that is really good, I actually get more stressed out. But I also like that better because it helps me improve. I only get really nervous now while playing tournaments, so I need to do more so I can get rid of my nervousness. I always need to challenge myself and improve myself to be the best that I can ever be.

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ONE37pm: For other women streamers that constantly deal with toxicity, what type of advice would you give them?

MrsPlayStuff: I think toxicity is a part of the internet and something everyone deals with, not just women. But what we need to think about in general is that people that hate on others and waste their energy on them in a toxic matter do it because they’re already quite miserable in life and have often accomplished less than you. That triggers their insecurities and they blame you for them. Therefore, you should not pay them any attention.

It’s scientifically proven that most folks pay more attention to negative experiences than positive experiences. But it’s the positive ones you should focus more on – it’s often something you receive way more than the negative ones. Also, remember that you can be someone that represents other woman and make them want to join your community – that should be an encouragement on its own.

So what’s positive about being a woman streamer? You can help explain to other men how it actually feels to be a woman and you can give them the women’s perspective that is needed on the internet. You can also get a perspective of how men feel on a general basis too – life is tough for everyone and I have learned so much from being on the internet. It has humbled me and still continues to humble me.

Also, we need to stop competing with each other on who has it worse and listen because everyone is struggling with something. It’s sad that their feelings get dismissed/discredited just because of sexual orientation, gender, money, or how they look.

ONE37pm: How high would you say your excitement level is for Tekken 8? What’s some new stuff you hope gets incorporated into that game?

MrsPlayStuff: I can’t want that game to come out! And Nina better be in it >:) I hope the netcode is better than it is in Tekken 7 – that’s my big hope. I don’t really care that much about how it looks! I actually don’t want it to have too many characters from the start. Also, I want way more offline stuff that has been in previous games. Like Team Battle, etc. It would also be awesome to have an online version of Team Battle!

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

MrsPlayStuff: 1. Don’t just do content on Twitch – use all of your platforms.

2. It’s not just luck – you need to be consistent and actually entertaining to get followers to stay.

3. You need to educate yourself, be creative, and figure out how to be unique without losing your own personality.

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