Shannon Liao

New York, New York

Video games reporter focused on investigative features

Education: Vassar College, English major; Baruch College, City University of New York, BBA in Marketing, English minor

Shannon Liao is a staff writer at The Washington Post covering video games. Prior to joining The Post, Liao was a games reporter at CNN Business, profiling the CEO of Epic Games, breaking industry scoops around business and tech, and contributing the occasional article to other sections. She has also been a tech and culture reporter at the Verge covering general tech news, Chinese internet culture, cryptocurrency and the intersection between internet culture, gaming and politics. While at the Verge, she was on Vox Media's board for the Asian American employee resource group. Additionally, she
Latest from Shannon Liao

Video game studios lay off workers while recruiting more

Google, Riot, Bethesda, Giant Bomb and others in the video game and media industries announced staff cuts this week

January 20, 2023

Game developers think the metaverse is bogus, survey shows

Game developers don't have much faith in the metaverse or blockchain technology, according to an annual survey.

January 19, 2023

Ubisoft workers plan strike over CEO email about dismal losses

The video game company's CEO emailed workers about dire financial results, saying “the ball is in your court to deliver.” Employees intend to strike in response.

January 18, 2023

$330,000 to $1.8 million? Video game workers question public salary ranges.

Video game studio salaries revealed by a new pay transparency law vary widely, confusing some workers.

January 5, 2023

Microsoft gets its first gaming union, largest in North America

Quality assurance testers at Microsoft-owned ZeniMax won their union vote, becoming Microsoft's first union and the largest video game union in North America.

January 3, 2023

‘Among Us’ could have been too scary in virtual reality, developers say

"Among Us," its developers say, is all about "lying to your friends, and everything else should be in service of that."

December 16, 2022

‘Marvel Snap’ developer was inspired by friend’s mishap while gaming on the toilet

"Marvel Snap's" Ben Brode and Hamilton Chu talk healthy workplace culture, playing games on the toilet and actual second dinners.

December 15, 2022

‘God of War Ragnarok’ director talks about managing team burnout

"God of War" director Eric Williams talks about the game's Game Awards wins, Chris Judge's speech, and whether video games should be more like movies.

December 14, 2022

The best video games of 2022

From ‘Elden Ring’ to 'God of War Ragnarok' to even Wordle, 2022 was a great year for games. Here’s The Washington Post's list of the very best.

December 13, 2022

Interloper shouts out Bill Clinton after ‘Elden Ring’ wins game of the year, ‘Hades’ and ‘Death Stranding’ sequels shown

Follow live coverage of the 2022 Game Awards for the biggest announcements, winners and highlights from the video game industry's premier awards ceremony.

December 9, 2022