Enthusiast Gaming

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Enthusiast Gaming is a Canadian digital media company specializing in video game journalism. Founded in 2014 by entrepreneur Menashe Kestenbaum, the company owns the websites Destructoid and Escapist Magazine, as well the gaming convention Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX).

Enthusiast Gaming
Enthusiast Gaming Holdings
Traded asTSXEGLX
IndustryVideo game journalism
Founded2014; 6 years ago (2014)
FounderMenashe Kestenbaum
Key people
Francesco Aquilini (Chairman)
Adrian Montgomery (CEO)
SubsidiariesLuminosity Gaming

The company went public on the TSX Venture Exchange in October 2018.[1] In January 2020 the company's listing moved to the Toronto Stock Exchange.[2]


Enthusiast Gaming owns a number of websites and runs an annual convention in Toronto.


  • Daily Esports (founded 2017)
  • Destructoid (acquired 2017)
    • Flixist (acquired 2017)
    • Japanator (acquired 2017)
  • DiabloII Net & Wiki (acquired 2018)
  • The Escapist (acquired 2018)[3]
    • Gameumentary (acquired 2018)
    • Only Single Player (acquired 2016)
  • Gaming Street (founded 2019)
  • Nintendo Enthusiast (founded 2011, by Enthusiast Gaming founder)
  • Gamnesia (acquired 2016)
  • Operation Sports (acquired 2018)
  • PC Invasion (acquired 2018)
  • Planet Destiny (acquired 2019)
  • PlayStation Enthusiast (founded 2015)
  • Pocket Gamer (acquired 2019)
  • The Sims Resource (acquired 2019)[4]
  • Siliconera (acquired 2019)
  • Xbox Enthusiast (founded 2015)


Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX) is an annual gaming convention hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It is billed as Canada's largest video game convention, with a reported peak of 30,000 attendees.[5] In October 2018, Enthusiast Gaming announced that EGLX will host the World Electronic Sports Games Canadian Championship.[6]


  1. ^ Takahashi, Dean (2018-10-04). "Enthusiast Gaming goes public in Canada to build game fan network". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  2. ^ "Enthusiast Gaming to Commence Trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange". Yahoo Finance. January 21, 2020. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd (July 26, 2018). "Defy Media Sells The Escapist Gaming Site to Canada's Enthusiast Gaming". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Enthusiast Gaming to Acquire "The Sims Resource", The World's Largest Female Video Gaming Website". Enthusiast Gaming. January 7, 2019. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Whan, Christopher (2018-10-26). "Largest gaming expo in Canada hits Toronto this weekend". Global News. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  6. ^ "Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo "EGLX", Canada's Largest Video Gaming Expo, Takes Place This Weekend". Yahoo! Finance. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2018-11-23.

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