He and his wife have a son. He also has two older brothers and a cat.
n0thing was introduced to video games by his older brother, whom he used to watch play Counter-Strike (CS) when he was small. He then started playing it himself when he was around nine years old. He has played a variety of fps games since then, although he has always mained CS.
He and his brothers were home-schooled, and he spent a lot of his free time playing video games. His mother supported him in his hobby, as he was completing all of his work. She would even allow him to play up to 12 hours a day sometimes.
When she saw how good he was, she allowed him to participate in LAN tournaments when he was only 9 years old. And he would often win. It was always his dream to become a professional eSports player and his mother continued to support him in this dream. He really started frequently participating in LAN tournaments in 2004.
n0thing signed with Evil Geniuses when he was 18 years old for their Counter-Strike 1.6. However, he wasn’t earning enough money from his pro-career, so he attended college on the side. EG dissolved around the time that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, he moved to different teams before being signed with compLexity Gaming. His team was then acquired by Colud9. During that time, he started creating behind-the-scenes YouTube video content.
In August 2017, he was removed from Colud9’s roster. However, he was still on contract with Cloud9 for another nine months and was stuck focusing on his streaming career rather than his pro-player career. He also starting casting and analyzing gameplays. Those are still the main aspects of his career now, although he does occasionally join teams as a substitute.
His language isn’t so clean.
His schedule is inconsistent sue to his other professional commitments.
[Regarding balancing gaming and your social life,] your life and your schedule is very specific to you, I’m not going to be able to give you the perfect advice on this. One thing I’ll be honest with, is the work balance is weird because you actually need a pretty big imbalance to get very good at something. You’re either going to stay up late, get up early, spend extra hours, avoid friend hang-outs and honestly, you will know the answer. If you feel your skill’s really high, but you’re not putting in the work to make better decisions, you’re going to feel that and notice that. You just need to put in that work… It’s something you’re going to have to figure out.
Playing on LAN is the best way to network with people, because people tend to trust you and get to know you a lot faster when you talk to them in person… Try to get out there and play and show people what you’re made of. And network. Networking’s a huge part of it.
I feel that a lot of my aim was just natural ability… My brother helped me to fin comfortable settings… Then you just practice a lot. Practice a lot and watch other players and learn from them. It’s like anything you do, you watch other people and you learn from them… people who are better than you. And you find your strengths and weaknesses.