Norris Howard


Norris has been an avid gamer since he could hold a controller going back to the early days of Duck Hunt and Kung Fu. He’s owned or played on virtually every major Sony and Nintendo console and is entering the PC gaming world through MMORPGs.


As Norris studied broadcast journalism at Wayne State University, he worked as a writer and photographer for the Michigan Chronicle as well as Detroit’s 101.9 WDET 


A native Detroiter, Norris’ been a proponent of gamer culture before it became as ubiquitous as it is now. Some of his experiences with gaming as it relates to inner-city culture are moments that have defined his viewpoint on the world. He often states that gaming kept him out of trouble as a youth and helped him with everything from essay writing to social media. His love for the Fighting Games Community (FGC), a group integral to the foundation of modern esports, created his thirst for competitive gaming. He brings his enthusiasm for Overwatch, the FGC and FIFA with an eye to share more about the world of esports.


“Esports may have started in dank, seedy arcades but it has brought the world together with the same feeling what captivated me years ago. CheckPoint XP  is here to not only provide gaming news but also illustrate that games have the power to drive minds, emotions and markets in the 21 st century!”

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