He has a poodle called Sammy.
He named himself after the Rurouni Kenshin character, after one of his friends suggested that they all take on Rurouni Kenshin character names for their CS squad. Hiko has never watched the anime and isn’t an anime fan.
Hiko grew up playing console video games with his sister, including Mario Party.
When Hiko entered middle school, he was mainly playing StarCraft and Diablo II together with his friends. However, one of his group was introduced to Counter-Strike 1.6 (CS 1.6) by his older brother and became addicted to it. The rest of his group rarely spent time with him any more as a result, and so decided to try out CS 1.6. They all became equally addicted and he has been maining the franchise ever since.
He found out about professional gaming from one of his friends who invited him to watch a tournament with him. From that moment, he always dreamed of becoming a pro-gamer himself.
Aside from CS, he has also played other games for fun, including world of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm and League of Legends.
Hiko got his first break into the competitive scene in 2011, when a sponsor offered him the opportunity to travel around the country to participate in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournaments. He was working as an office administrator for a concrete company while attending college at the time, so he knew that he would be taking a risk by accepting. Nevertheless, he felt that it couldn’t pass up on the possibility of fulfilling his dream of having a career as a pro-gamer and so quit his job and dropped out of college to pursue it. Since then, he has been part of numerous teams, but hasn’t been part of the pro-circuit since he left Rogue in May 2019.
His father was initially very against the idea but came around when he realized that his son was able to pay his bills, and especially when he landed a salaried position with Cloud9 in mid-2014. His mom is so supportive that she even acts as a moderator for his Twitch chat.
He started streaming on Twitch and uploading CS:GO content to YouTube part-time in early 2014. He has been focusing on his fulltime streaming career since leaving Rogue.
Hiko has ~810 subscribers according to his Twitch overlay. As his average viewer count is ~650, this should earn him a monthly income of at least $2,025 USD, excluding additional revenue from tiered subscriptions, merchandise sales, donations, Twitch cheer bit contributions, sponsorships and advertisements.
- Mon – Thurs: 15:00 – 18:30 UTC
- Fri -Sun: No stream