His parents divorced when he was very young. His father is an architect, while his mother is a graphic designer. He was primarily raised by his mom and stepdad, seeing his dad every few weeks.
Seananners dared him to create a channel called ‘CaptainSparklez’, which he did.
CaptainSparklez started playing video games when he was five years old, when his mom bought him a Gameboy Color. He spent a great deal of time playing Pokemon Red.
His mother bought him a Dreamcast console when he was in second grade, and slowly acquired more gaming consoles over the years. Throughout elementary school, he spent much of his free time either gaming or skateboarding solo, as he wasn’t much of socialite. He did have a few friends, though.
CaptainSparkles worked hard in high school, with the goal of being accepted into a top university. However, although he earned good grades, he eventually opted for a different life path. He continued playing video games throughout high school, which is how he became highly skilled at CoD and became aware of YouTube streams. This is what lead to his asking his mom for a Capture card for his eighteenth birthday as well as his creating his first YouTube channel.
In 2010, while in his senior year of high school, he spent his time waiting for his university application responses streaming his CoD gameplays on his YouTube channel. He spent his first year of university studying Chemical Engineering at the University of California in Santa Barbra. However, in that same year, he also sent some video content to Machinima.com, who responded by offering him a directorship contract. That was a major step for him in terms of boosting his streaming career.
During the summer, he began uploading content more frequently. After the summer, he joined Machinima’s newly launched affiliate program, which allowed him to monetize his channel even further. However, Maron began to feel a great deal of frustration and burnout during his second year, as most of his classes weren’t relevant to his field of study. This was further aggravated by his lack of friends at school. This lead to him producing more video content, with university taking a backseat.
He therefore decided to switch to a Computer Science major to try reigniting his interest in academia. However, he had to wait until the summer to participate in the entry-level classes. This gave him more time to focus on his streaming, and to develop a greater following on his channels.
In 2011, he collaborated with Bootstrap Buckaroo to create a Minecraft parody video ‘Revenge’ which went viral and sent his channels popularity skyrocketing. As a result of both this video, and his previous video ‘TNT’, he had the means to financially support himself, and so began considering dropping out of school to focus on his streaming career. He did so after he concluded the first quarter of his second year and has been going strong ever since.
Short, dark brown hair, dark brown eyes and very close-shaven goatee.
No set schedule.
Cofounder of XREAL games, alongside Howard Marks. They released there first game, Fortress Fury in May 2015, when he was 23 years old.
Co-host of the ‘The World of Mianite’ Minecraft series.
A basic program such as iMovie is adequate to begin editing videos. Higher quality videos can be produced on Adobe Premier.