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Category: Seattle
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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July 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Startups and speed bumps as pot culture meets Seattle tech

Paul Gambill’s favorite thing to do when he’s high is to listen to the Seattle Symphony. “There’s nothing like hearing an 80-piece orchestra play a rich, Romantic-era piece,” the 26-year-old mobile-apps project manager tells me. We were sitting at Ballard Coffee Works, where a drink made from beans enjoys a sophistication Gambill craves for the…

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June 28, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Not as techie as we think: Hacking growth in the Central District

We like to say Seattle is a tech-fueled entrepreneurial city. David Harris wants to make that true in one of the places it’s not. “I’m really excited about this,” he said, stopping on the sidewalk near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Jackson Street in the Central District. He had walked us…

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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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