About Shacknews

Shacknews began in 1996 as a Quake fan site. It eventually grew to cover all games and platforms, but still maintains strong ties to its PC gaming roots.

Editorial Staff

Steven Wong

Editor-in-Chief

Steven first started playing video games when he was seven years old, and not really sure what he was doing. His parents told him that playing games and reading comic books would rot his mind, which pretty much cemented them as a permanent hobbies. He went on to make a career out of playing and talking about games, and has written for various AOL websites over the years including Big Download and Joystiq using an unending supply of a Boston/New Jersey hybrid brand of sarcasm. His gaming weapon of choice is the mouse and keyboard.

Ozzie Mejia

Senior Editor

Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what is video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

Steve Watts

Senior Editor

Steve Watts' youthful memories are are a blur of pixels, princesses, castles, and Mega Busters. After writing about games as a pastime for years, he got his first shot at a paid gig at 1UP. He's freelanced for several sites since then, and found a friendly home at Shacknews. His editorial duties include news, reviews, features, and lunatic ravings. He lives in the Baltimore-Washington area with his shockingly understanding wife.

Robert Workman

Associate Editor

Robert Workman is an avid gamer/writer who has spent many years perfecting his craft across a number of sites, including Segadojo, AOL GameDaily and Prima Games. He brings his skill and expertise to Shacknews, along with the kind of charm that would give George Clooney a run for his money. No, really, ask around, it's been confirmed.

Video Production

Samantha Leichtamer

Host

Sam’s relationship with video games started at the age of 4 when her father bought a Super Nintendo for her birthday. From that point she was hooked on gaming. Birthdays and Christmases guaranteed new games to play. Overall, PS2 is her favorite console of all time but she enjoys PC gaming as well. She loves the competitive atmosphere of games like League of Legends and enjoys learning new things from other players. She also takes her gaming outdoors and is a part of the Live Action Role Playing community. While many gamers classify themselves as hardcore or casual she prefers to just call herself just a gamer. “We are all gamers whether you are trying to grind it out on Candy Crush or in the lab trying to learn some new combos.”

Eric Shugg

Associate Editor

After winning the 1999 North American MarioKart 64 championship, Eric took a temporary leave of absence from gaming, only to once again come back strong into the industry as a member of the Shacknews video team. When Eric is not producing and editing content for Shack, he can be found giving FIFA soccer lessons in the Shacknews Northeast office, where he remains undefeated, or swimming in the crystal blue waters of the Jersey Shore.

Joe Tirado

Art Director, Video Editor

Joe Tirado is a nature seeking vagrant, avid footwear enthusiast, and a designer/lensman. He was a casual gamer until he met his lifelong companion, Dogmeat, and the rest is history. Professionally he has worked as a visual gun for hire for some top tier brands, (a.k.a the man) before signing a veteran minimum deal with ShackNews. These days you might find him chasing lighthouses, beating KOTOR for the 10th time, perfecting his mango salsa recipe, or camping in the wilds of the east coast.

Andrew Zucosky

Video Editor, Content Producer

Andrew is part of the new video team for Shacknews and occasionally shouts at birds. He has been playing video games for most of his life and started getting good at them like, last week. When Andrew is not playing D&D or making Airplane! references he is probably playing a video game (LoL or whatever is in his 3DS) or trying to sleep.

Michael Wang

Co-founder, Producer

Once a gamer, always a gamer.

Friends of the Shack

Asif Khan

Investor

Asif Khan is the primary investor in Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001. He currently still writes for GamesIndustry.biz as their financial reporter. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, Asif retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music.

John Gaudiosi

Editorial Director

John Gaudiosi has been covering the video game industry since he started writing for The Washington Post as an undergrad at George Mason University. Since then he's spent the past 25 years writing about games for outlets like AOL, The Hollywood Reporter, Maxim, Forbes, Reuters, ESPN, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Wired, Yahoo and Tribune Syndication. He currently serves as co-founder of Gamerhub Content Network and editorial director of Shacknews.com. When he's not covering games, he's rescuing dogs with his wife through www.soundpet.org.

John Benyamine

VP, Content, Gamer Network

John is the Vice President of Content at Gamer Network which includes USgamer, GamesIndustry International, Modojo, and more. Gamer Network sites are viewed by over 22 million unique visitors per month and we also provide content for a variety of white-label partners, including Prima Games, AOL, MTV Networks, and more. Also, plays games well.

Greg Burke

Greg is a co-founder of gamerhub content network. Greg is the site Lead Editor and Video Producer for the west coast. If you have ever enjoyed a video via gamerhub it was most likey edited by him. Greg's a G1 gamer with a film Degree who loves the hard work people put into there games and the people in the gaming industry. Follow him on twitter @Gburke85. Greg also owns his own Marketing/Editing business www.gregburkepost.com.

Chris Buffa

Senior Editor, Prima Games

Chris Buffa is Senior Editor of Prima Games and works alongside the Shacknews crew in creating compelling video content for the largest guides site in the world, located at www.primagames.com.