Jorge Yao, Famed ‘Clash of Clans’ Player, Revealed as George Yao, and Tells Why He Quit

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
December 22, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Jorge Yao is known to “Clash of Clans” players as an unbelievably good player who spent six months as the number 1 ranked player in the world.

But, eventually, it became too much for Yao, who has been revealed as George Yao, formerly of San Francisco and now living in London.

Yao, 25, got on top by playing obsessively. He was spending $250 a month on gems before a clanmate in Turkey offered to become his sponsor. In order to keep a shield, he began taking over accounts in his clan, North 44, when people stopped playing, and attacked himself.

But he needed to keep all of the accounts highly ranked, which meant playing as many as five accounts at the same time. How did he do this? He received three iPads from a wealthy clanmate in the United Arab Emirates. His focus was such that he brought five iPads into the shower with him, wrapped in plastic bags, to keep the accounts highly ranked, he told the New York Times.

After the long time spent on top, though,–including losing 20 pounds–Yao decided to quit.

In a farewell message posted on Facebook where he likened himself to going out on top like Michael Jordan, Yao said that “I have accomplished all that I have desired to on an individual level, and it is with a great deal of pride that I look upon those achievements,” including setting the record of trophy milestones.



“Looking back, I think I must have been insane,” he said. “I was so immersed in it at the time. I knew it was abnormal, but never to the extent that I see it now.”

Yao used his fame to launch a career as a social gaming consultant, including promoting the game Samurai Siege, and taking a job marketing games for Space Ape, a British gaming company that makes the game.

He also won’t play “Clash of Clans” anymore.

“Nowadays I can’t even stand opening the app, the sight of it,” he said.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.