Noah Smith

Los Angeles, Calif.

Education: University of Michigan, B.A. in Anthropology

Noah Smith is a journalist focused on the business, political and cultural implications of video games. His reporting for The Post has also included national, political, business, sports and culture news. Noah's writing, photos and videos have previously appeared in NBC News, the New York Times, the Guardian, Fortune Magazine, and dozens of outlets across the U.S. He was based in Israel from 2012-2013, where he reported for Digital First Media outlets in the U.S. Midwest.
Latest from Noah Smith

Zedd, the Grammy-winning DJ, was burned out. PC gaming was the fix.

"I try to keep a balanced life," Zedd said. A big part of that is gaming.

August 12, 2022

Fans wanted a war game to be more real, so they leaked classified docs

Fans of the video game "War Thunder" have thrice leaked manuals for real tanks in the game's online forums. "Please, never do that!” say the developers.

August 5, 2022

State Department pursues ‘people-people’ diplomacy through video games

The State Department is bullish on gaming as a way to facilitate conversation among young people on issues such as climate change, gender equity and food security.

July 8, 2022

Investors see lots to like in Fan Controlled Football. Players have a harder time.

Johnny Manziel and Terrell Owens might be the stars, but it's the fans who get to pick the plays, as the interactive league wraps up its second season.

June 10, 2022

Surfing a record 86-foot wave took guts. Measuring it took 18 months.

Sebastian Steudtner was on his board, bobbing in the waters off Nazaré, Portugal, when he saw a lone monster approaching.

May 24, 2022

USC scholarship aims to help Black, Indigenous workers enter games industry

The scholarship is funded by Take-Two Interactive and Microsoft.

April 12, 2022

As Ukrainian pro gamers flee from war, esports community offers aid

“It’s hard for me to understand some of my friends already died,” Ukrainian Counter-Strike pro Viktor Orudzhev said.

March 8, 2022

Inside ‘contract hell’: Esports players say predatory contracts run ‘rampant’

Even as esports blossoms into a billion dollar industry, negotiations over player contracts resemble something out of the Wild West.

March 4, 2022

Kelly Slater at 50: Still on top of the big waves

Surfing legend is ranked No. 1 in the world for first time since 2014

February 12, 2022

Academics want to preserve video games. Copyright laws make it complicated.

Research libraries preserve classic texts, films and recordings, but when it comes to video games, it gets complicated.

January 12, 2022