Tom Taylor (professional gamer)
|Date of birth||October 15, 1987|
|Hometown||Baldwinsville, New York|
|Current team||Str8 Rippin|
|Games||Halo: Combat Evolved
Gears of War
Tom Taylor (born October 15, 1987 in Syracuse, New York), known by the gamertag Tsquared, is a professional gamer and captain of the 2nd most successful team in Major League Gaming (MLG) history, Str8 Rippin, and was also the coach of Status Quo during the 2010 National Championships in Dallas where he helped them place 2nd behind Final Boss. Making him one of the only players to also coach an event. He was signed to a US$250,000 contract by MLG. and earns between $120,000 and $150,000 each year in prize money and endorsement deals. He has founded his own company, Gaming Lessons, which tutors prospective professional gamers on various video games, specifically on the Halo series. Several other professional gamers from MLG are also employed by Gaming Lessons as instructors. His home town is Syracuse, New York.
Tsquared has been featured on MTV's documentary series True Life: I'm a Professional Gamer and on Icons, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He also appeared as part of Stuff magazine's list of 20 most influential people under the age of 30 in August 2006. He also makes occasional appearances on X-Play, giving out tips for various online games.
In 2008–2009, Tsquared appeared on over 175 million Dr. Pepper bottles issued across the United States as part of a promotional sponsorship to increase awareness of MLG. Tsquared is currently working as a GameSpot Ambassador.
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