Mikhail Klimentov

Washington, D.C.

Assignment editor for Launcher, focusing on video games, esports and the Internet

Education: Columbia University, BA in political science

Mikhail Klimentov is an assignment editor for Launcher, The Washington Post's video game and esports vertical. Before joining The Post, he was an associate editor at the Atlantic's digital consultancy. He also wrote freelance criticism and new analysis about video games, Internet culture and geopolitics.
Latest from Mikhail Klimentov

‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’ is bad in a new way for the franchise

"Vanguard" is smartly dressed but simple, like a child of wealthy parents who can afford to be a bit dim.

November 23, 2021

‘Halo Infinite’ multiplayer goes live in advance of full game’s release

All of the game's multiplayer maps and modes are available via a public beta.

November 15, 2021

‘Riders Republic’ is a high-octane, downhill thrill ride to zone out to. Wait, what?

I spent the vast majority of my playtime listening to podcasts.

November 9, 2021

The video game review process is broken. It’s bad for readers, writers and games.

Reviews help people decide how to spend their limited time. But the system around them is busted.

October 12, 2021

‘Far Cry 6’ review in progress: A glitchfest that’s too big to wrangle

“Far Cry 6” is packed to the gills with “stuff” of wildly varying quality.

October 6, 2021

Halo is back, baby. Awooooooo!

"Halo Infinite" feels every bit like the Halo you remember.

October 4, 2021

‘Deathloop’ chucks the stuff that sucks about games in 2021

'Deathloop' is an imperfect game, brilliantly crafted.

September 15, 2021

After esports org taunts opponents with plane banner, players ground rivalry talk

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a blatant PR stunt!

September 13, 2021

With its SiegeGG acquisition, Gfinity says it has a leg up when next big esports title lands

The site's analytics and tools can be applied to other games.

September 10, 2021

As esports watchdog tackles widespread match-fixing, critics fear it can’t do the job

The Esports Integrity Commission delivered a long-promised update on the state of its investigations Monday, but faced skepticism regarding its ability to carry out its mission.

August 23, 2021