Jackie "Stewie2k" Yip is a professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive player coming from the United States. He is better known as Stewie2k in the CS community and he is a fan favorite killing machine in the scene. Jake currently plays for one of the most dominating teams in the competitive CS scene, Team Liquid, as an in-game leader and an entry fragger. He joined the history books of CS:GO as the first North American (along with his Cloud9 teammates) to win a CS:GO Major tournament. Today he is loved by his fans from around the world and has built up an outstanding reputation as one of the world’s finest in CS:GO.
Jackie Yip was born on January 7, 1998, in San Francisco. He grew up in an Asian influenced household along with his brother and sister. He described his parents as “the stereotypical Asian parents who disapproved of video games”. His parents were also often away on business trips in China. This made him live out most of his early childhood with his aunt. However, he caught up CS 1.6 through his brother and continued pursuing the game. His mother would even discourage him saying that he’s going to fail because of gaming but he decided to continue his passion for gaming. Jake first got his hand on CS:GO for the first time in summer 2014 and his legend started there.
The Career of Jackie "Stewie2k" Yip
He was inspired by then CS:GO stars like Shroud and this further motivated him to get more attached to the game. After 5 months, he finally gave up in matchmaking to join the more competitive scene in ESEA. Also around this time, he was falsely accused of cheating, and this motivated him to pursue a professional career in CS:GO even more. He always looked up to Cloud9 as it was the most dominating team in North America at the time and his goal was to be a part of its roster. Cloud9 was also closely looking at Stewie2k and saw potential in him. Finally, he got contacted for a 3-month contract for the team but he decided to wait till he was 18. When he was finally 18, he got to be a part of his dream team. A lot of haters started to gather up to put Stewie2k down by saying he wasn’t the right choice for the C9 team but despite all the hate, Stewie2k went on to prove that he is better than the rest by leading C9 into the top of leaderboards.
With Stewie2k leading Cloud9, they were able to win the ESL Pro League Season 4 in 2016 and the Boston Major later in 2018. However, his run in Cloud9 only lasted 2 years as he was picked up by SK Gaming in 2018. He spent around 3 months with SK along with coldzera, another superstar at the time, and they both joined MIBR later. Finally, at the end of 2018, he was picked up by the North American super-team, Team Liquid and to this day his team and himself perform in the highest way possible to uplift the competitiveness in the North American competitive CS:GO scene.
Stewie2k has achieved everything a pro CS:GO player could achieve including a Major win and he still has a long, bright career ahead of him. The following are some of his most noticeable achievements;
- 1st place: ESL Pro League Season 4 - Finals 2016 (Cloud9)
- 1st place: ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 (Cloud9)
- 1st place: ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 (MIBR)
- 1st place: Intel Extreme Masters XIV - Sydney 2019 (Team Liquid)
- 1st place: DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019 (Team Liquid)
- 1st place: ESL Pro League Season 9 - Finals 2019 (Team Liquid)
- 1st place: ESL One: Cologne 2019 (Team Liquid)
- 1st place: Intel Grand Slam 2019 Season 2 (Team Liquid)
- 1st place: BLAST Pro Series: Los Angeles 2019 (Team Liquid)
- 1st place: Intel Extreme Masters XIV - Chicago 2019 (Team Liquid)
Trivia - Fun And Interesting Facts About Jackie "Stewie2k" Yip
- Even though his name is Jackie, it got abbreviated as Jake and the inspiration came from his friend naming himself and Jackie after Family Guy characters.
- In the early days of his career, he would play the game late at night to miss school the next day and this went on for quite a time. His school decided to contact his parents and his mother had to make sure he was going to school.