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Jon 'Catalyst' Grey


Jon is the founder and president of EventHubs. He's been playing fighting games actively since 1991, back when Street Fighter 2 was released. He's dabbled in all fighting games over the years, from Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Super Smash Bros. and even Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Spending tons of time in arcades growing up, Grey transitioned to consoles with the Super Nintendo, Sega Saturn and on wards, while keeping up with the latest and greatest fighting games. He's played pretty much every major fighting game franchise over the years, from Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Mortal Kombat 2, to many stops in between.

He's also a full stack web developer, familiar with Python, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, plus web and database technologies like Apache, UWSGI, PostgreSQL, Django and more. Grey continues to handle the majority of the technical work that keeps EventHubs running.

Grey worked for an E. W. Scripps newspaper, in a fast-paced newsroom as the online editor, before he started EventHubs back in 2007. Prior to starting EventHubs, Grey created Catalyst's Street Fighter Guide on GeoCities in the later part of the 1990s, and helped break the news about Street Fighter Alpha 3's release in the United States. Jon has over 20 years of fighting game experience and web developer knowledge.

Back in 1996 Grey would find his favorite fighting game character of all time, Rose, in Street Fighter Alpha 2. Since that time he's played that character in every game she's appeared in, when given the chance.

Jon is the co-host of the EventHubs Podcast where he helps break down the latest news and information in the fighting game community.

From Street Fighter to Mortal Kombat, and all other fighting games that are released, he's devoted decades of his life to finding and sharing news and information about this genre with fans all over the globe.

I love fighting games more than any other genre on the planet, although I absolutely also love MMORPGs, classic CRPGs and JRPGs, adventure games and many others, and when I get time, spending it in my VR headset.

I also work with... truly amazing people who have given me one of the best jobs on the planet.

For any humans who actually happen to read my dumb staff profile page, I'm sorry I made it this long.

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