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Tom Taylor
Status Retired
Born (1987-10-15) October 15, 1987 (age 30)
Syracuse, New York
Hometown Baldwinsville, New York
Orlando, Florida
Nationality American
League Major League Gaming
Games Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo 2
Halo 3
Halo Reach
Gears of War
Battlefield 3
Career prize money $117,718.91
Nickname(s) Tsquared
Official website
Professional career
2005–2010, 2014-2015 Str8 Rippin
2011 Instinct

Tom Taylor (born October 15, 1987 in Syracuse, New York), known by the gamertag Tsquared, is a former professional gamer and captain of one of the most successful teams in Major League Gaming (MLG) history, Str8 Rippin,[citation needed] and was also the coach of Status Quo during the 2010 National Championships in Dallas where he helped them place 2nd behind Final Boss.[citation needed][1] Making him one of the only players to also coach an event.[citation needed] He was signed to a US$250,000 contract by MLG.[2] and earns between $120,000 and $150,000 each year in prize money and endorsement deals.[3] He has founded his own company, Gaming Lessons, which tutors prospective professional gamers on various video games, specifically on the Halo series.[3] Several other professional gamers from MLG are also employed by Gaming Lessons as instructors.[4] His home town is Syracuse, New York.[citation needed] He also runs an active YouTube channel with over 10,000 subscribers and 24 hours worth of content.[5]

Tsquared has been featured on MTV's documentary series True Life: I'm a Professional Gamer and on Icons,[6] 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.[7] 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 for MLG.[8] He is currently working as a GameSpot Ambassador.

Tsquared returned to competitive Halo by heading revived Str8 Rippin in Season 1 of the Halo Championship Series in November 2015. On April 3, 2015 Tsquared announced his retirement from competitive Halo during his livestream on Twitch.tv.[9]

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Personal life[edit]

Taylor was born and raised in Syracuse, New York then moved to Florida in 2001 to attend high school. [10] In 2009 he and Str8 Rippin moved to a gaming house in Orlando, Florida.

In 2011 Tsquared appeared on the YouTube reality television series The Controller: Battlefield 3.[11]


  1. ^ "Tsquared". 
  2. ^ Surette, Tim (2006-06-21). "Gamers get $1m MLG gig". GameSpot. 
  3. ^ a b Gameset Inverview
  4. ^ "Halo 3 Instructors". Gaming-Lessons.com. 
  5. ^ "TsquaredOfficial - YouTube Channel Stats :: Let's Play Index". letsplayindex.com. Retrieved 2017-08-19. 
  6. ^ G4 - Icons - ICONS: Tom "Tsquared" Taylor
  7. ^ "Professional video gamer says it's not all fun". ZDNet. 2006-11-09. Archived from the original on 2006-12-20. 
  8. ^ "Making money from video games". Yahoo! Games. 
  9. ^ Throop, David (April 7, 2015). "THE LEGACY OF TOM 'TSQUARED' TAYLOR". DEXERTO. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2008/12/baldwinsvilles_tom_tsquared_ta.html
  11. ^ Lish (November 15, 2011). "Tsquared's Blog: The Controller, Print Media Fame, and MLG Providence". Major League Gaming. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 

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