Andrew ‘Zyori’ Campbell

I have been a gamer since I was old enough to turn on a computer. My first love was without a doubt Diablo II. It was fundamentally the game that got me into games and kept my group of online friends together. It was our first online community we could rally behind and share our mutual interest.

I first discovered esports years later in my early twenties, while studying business in university. My friends and I were playing a lot of StarCraft II in our free time and eventually entered into an online tournament for amateurs. The event was a disorganized disaster, which led me to start my first esports project as a micro-tournament organizer with a brand called HyperCrewTV. We organized about 50 tournaments over two years before running into issues with scaling and losing interest.

After that I followed an opportunity to be a commentator for Heroes of Newerth for a short period, before promptly getting invited to the Dota 2 beta in 2012 and shifting my focus again. Shortly after The International 2013, I launched a project called Dota Radio that gained notoriety for producing commentary catered to audio-only listeners. Dota Radio caught the attention of the community, primarily after MLG Columbus 2013 during an explosive interview with then Speed Gaming team manager Marco Fernandez. Shortly after MLG Columbus, I started doing commentary work for Beyond the Summit and took on a full time position later that year.

At Beyond the Summit, I was one of four key decision-makers in designing the first three editions of the innovative Summit tournament series throughout 2014. After a year and half, I left the company and started my own esports studio called MoonduckTV that focused on alternative game modes in Dota 2. I took on the role of Managing Director shortly after the company was formed and organized 15 tournaments worth $750,000 in prize money over four years.

In 2019, I published a book on Amazon detailing my journey starting a career in esports and getting hired at Beyond the Summit, called Surviving Esports: The Zyori Story. The story is focused on self-reflection, perseverance, and firsthand storytelling as an amateur event organizer. The book also includes a detailed account of my notorious sniff sniff incident and the extreme cyberbullying that followed.

In late 2020, I publicly came out as a crossdresser and wrote an article about the experience called Wearing A Dress and Saying Yes to a Copacetic Life. Since then my community has grown on Discord and become an open space for other members of the LBGTQ+ community to meet and engage with one another.

In 2021, I stepped down as Managing Director of Moonduck to take a full-time position at Sky Mavis, the creators of popular blockchain game Axie Infinity, as their Program Lead for Esports and Content Creators.

LAN Events Cast

Dreamhack Summer 2012 – Heroes of Newerth, S2 Games (2012)
MLG Columbus 2013 – Dota 2, Major League Gaming (2013)
The Summit – Dota 2, Beyond the Summit (2014)
Starladder Season X – Dota 2, Beyond the Summit (2014)
The Summit 2 – Dota 2, Beyond the Summit (2014)
Starladder Season XI – Dota 2, Beyond the Summit (2015)
Major All Stars – Dota 2, Beyond the Summit (2015)
Starladder Season XII – Dota 2, Beyond the Summit (2015)
Red Bull Battlegrounds – Dota 2, Beyond the Summit (2015)
The Summit 3 – Dota 2, Beyond the Summit (2015)
The International 5 – Dota 2, Valve (2015)
Dreamleague Season 4 – Dota 2, DreamHack (2015)
ESL One New York – Dota 2, ESL (2015)
The Frankfurt Major – Dota 2, ESL/Valve (2015)
Captain’s Draft 3.0 – Dota 2, MoonduckTV (2016)
Northern Arena BEAT Invitational – Dota 2, MoonduckTV (2016)
Galaxy Battles China – Dota 2, MoonduckTV (2017)
Dreamleague Season 7 – Dota 2, DreamHack (2017)
Dota Pit Season 6 – Dota 2, OGA (2017)
Captain’s Draft 4.0 – Dota 2, MoonduckTV (2018)
Bucharest Major – Dota 2, PGL (2018)
Super Major Shanghai – Dota 2, PGL (2018)
Kuala Lumpur Major – Dota 2, PGL (2018)
OGA Dota Pit Minor – Dota 2, OGA (2019)
Betway Midas Mode 2.0 – Dota 2, MoonduckTV (2019)
EPIC League – Dota 2, Epic Esports (2020)
OGA South America DPC S1 – Dota 2, OGA (2021)
OGA South America DPC S2 – Dota 2, OGA (2021)

Speaking Events

Three Pillars of Esports Events. University of Colorado Boulder. Boulder, Colorado. 27 September 2020.

Gaming Industry Career Workshop. University of Colorado Boulder. Boulder, Colorado. 13 March 2020.

UBC Gaming Expo, Esports Panel. University of British Columbia. Vancouver, Canada. 29 February 2020.

Starting a Career in Esports. Rowan University. Glassboro, New Jersey. 8 November 2019.

Events Attended

MLG D.C. 2010
MLG Dallas 2011
MLG Columbus 2011
DreamHack Summer 2011
MLG Anaheim 2011
MLG Orlando 2011
PAX East 2012
MLG Raleigh 2012
DreamHack Winter 2012
PAX East 2013
Otakon 2013
PAX East 2014
Dota Asia Championships 2015
The International 2014
PAX East 2016
ESL Frankfurt 2016
Summit 5
The International 2016
The International 2017
The International 2018
ExileCon 2019

Podcasts Hosted

The New Blocks (6 episodes, 2021-running) 
Zyori Plus One (15 episodes, 2020-running)
The Trent & Zyori Podcast (174 episodes, 2013-running)
What the DUCK!?
 (49 episodes, 2015-running)
Shared Tangos with Trent & Zyori (20 episodes, 2020)
In the Studio by 100tb (17 episodes, 2014)
Dota Radio Morning Show (24 episodes, 2013)
The Cosplay Room (12 episodes, 2013)
The Zyori Breakdown (23 episodes, 2012)
The Gosu Complex (9 episodes, 2011)