Jake Yip, better known on social media as Stewie or Stewie2K, is an American professional gamer best known for his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gameplay. Alongside his teammates, he was the first North American to win a Valve-sponsored major in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Yip, who plays Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Team Liquid, is also the team’s captain. In 2019, Stewie became the first North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player to earn more than $1 million in tournament prize money.
Jake Yip, better known on social media as Stewie or Stewie2K, was born on January 7, 1998 in San Francisco, California, the United States. He grew up with one brother and sister. His parents disapproved of him gaming at a young age, and the situation escalated so much so that at 17 years old, Jake moved out to pursue gaming professionally.
As of September 2021, Jake Yip has more than 398,000 followers on Instagram, 452,700 followers on Twitter, 325,000 subscribers on YouTube, and 995,800 followers on Twitch.
Stewie first started playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) in 2014 and quickly gained traction under his nickname, Stewie2K. The player had gained attention online for his PUG performances. He joined his first professional team in March 2015 when he signed with SapphireKelownaDotCom.
In 2016, Stewie signed with Cloud9 after another player, Sean Gares, retired. Gares had personally recommended Stewie to replace him. Stewie signed on that January as the team’s In-Game Leader.
Stewie went on to play with Cloud9 for two years and, along his teammates, one a number of big tournaments, including ESL Pro League Season 4, DreamHack Open Denver 2017 and iBUYPOWER Masters 2017. The gamer won his very first major with Cloud9 in 2018 when he won ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018.
In 2018, Stewie left Cloud9 and signed with SK Gaming. He had come on to replace Epitacio “TACO” de Melo in SK Gaming’s active lineup. The SK Gaming roster was eventually signed by Made in Brazil to play under their name. Made in Brazil traded Stewie to Team Liquid in 2018. Stewie plays as their in-game leader and entry fragger.
In 2019, Stewie became the first North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player to earn more than $1 million in tournament prize money. He finished as the runner-up in the ECS Season 8 Finals.
Alongside his teammates, he was the first North American to win a Valve-sponsored major in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
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