Eli Shayotovich

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San Francisco Bay Area, CA
San Jose State University
PC Gaming, Entertainment, History, Technology
  • Raised on the Atari 64 and graduating to Commodore's line of home computers, Eli has been playing games since the very Dawn of the Gaming Age.
  • In 1991, Eli created and moderated the "Star Wars Echo" on FidoNet, one of the first Star Wars fandom sites. He was also the president of the America Online Star Wars Fan Club on AOL.
  • Eli learned to drive a stick shift in a beige 1970 VW Beatle, beat a Porsche 911 in a souped-up '67 AMC Ambassador, got wedged on a speed bump in a slammed mini-truck, and used a Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 as a surveillance vehicle.


Eli has written about tech, hardware, and video games since 2003 for sites like AOL, Joystiq, GameDaily, Endgadget, GameSkinny, and Game Rant, as well as Beckett Massive Online Gamer magazine. His unique interactions with automobiles and motorcycles allow him to see them from a different point of view than other "car writers." Eli especially likes to weave those personal experiences with historical anecdotes and pop culture references into all of the stories he brings to SlashGear readers.


Eli graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice. Instead of becoming a police officer, he became a licensed private detective, where his love for researching and investigating the facts — then putting them into a coherent, informative narrative — grew into a passion.
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