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Stories at the intersection of tech and life from a boldly connected city.

Category: Entertainment
September 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Born famous: How Seattle’s geekiest YouTuber wants to bring up baby ‘Jedi’

It’s dark, but you can make out Chris Pirillo’s face in the hospital room. He’s crying. “I’m a daddy,” he says to his video camera. And cut. Pirillo, one of the region’s earliest and best-known bloggers, has built a business out of sharing his geeky personality with hundreds of thousands of followers over dozens…

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July 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Dying for ‘Dota 2’: My newbie attempt to understand the richest game in e-sports

  Ten minutes into my first game of “Dota 2,” I had managed to master one thing. Dying. “SpadeSpouse, back up. Back up, SpadeSpouse. Aaaaand you’re dead.” “Dota 2,” or “Defense of the Ancients,” is the fantasy-themed team strategy game that sold out Seattle’s KeyArena in less than an hour for the richest video-game tournament ever held,…

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June 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Is this obvious yet? ‘Seattle has some of the most innovative gaming companies in the world’

Emmett Shear had no idea whether his idea to focus his video site around gaming would actually work when he persuaded his cofounders to try it in 2011. Then he saw the response. “Our first bar to pass was 25 percent growth a month for the first three months,” Shear said, “and we crushed that.” Shear, who…

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March 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Seattle sketch comedy show ‘The 206’ finds scrappy path to success

I could see where this joke was going. Seattle comedians John Keister and Pat Cashman faced the cameras in Fremont Studios and ticked off the latest accomplishments of some of their former fellow cast members on “Almost Live!” the Seattle sketch comedy show that preceded “Saturday Night Live” for much of its 15…

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