He married underflowR on October 31, 2014. They have two dogs, Dexter and Fey.
When he played Dark Age of Camelot, he used the name ‘Krippie.’ He eventually met another player who used the same name. They teamed up and he decided to combine ‘Krippie’ and ‘barbarian’ to form ‘Kripparian.’
Although nl_kripp has always been an avid gamer and he has always had to work hard at the games before he started getting any good at them. When he was around eight years old, he started playing paper Magic: the Gathering. He gained skills at games by calmly analyzing them and coming to understand them as thoroughly as possible. He applied this to WoW and eventually made it into the Exodus guild.
In 2009, he was studying mathematics and physics in university. He wasn’t enjoying his course and was spending a lot of his free time playing World of Warcraft (WoW). He decided to make tutorial videos on WoW as a hobby. Back then, it was much more difficult to make money from video content. However, this negatively impacted his studies. After a year, he decided to drop out of college and get a job as a computer technician. After working for about two years, he had a decent following on YouTube, but still wasn’t monetizing his content.
Then Diablo III was released. Simultaneously, YouTube had changed their policies so that content creators could also gain a share in advertising revenue. Within the first month, he managed to make $200 USD from uploading two videos a day. He realized that if he were to release a video everyday then he might be able to earn the same revenue as he was from his job.
Therefore, he decided to focus on creating a team and becoming the top players in Diablo III and create content based around progressing in the game for fun. He and his friends spent two months preparing for this endeavor, including buying the necessary equipment, studying the game, practicing and strategizing. This approach worked and they were very successful. His channel was really taking off and his teammates encouraged him to start streaming. He therefore signed up with Twitch in 2012 and his career really took off from there.
In 2014, he started maining Hearthstone after receiving an invitation to join the beta. He quickly gained high rankings thanks to his years of experience in playing TCGs and was soon casting at various events. In 2015, was signed on with TSM.
Daily: ~04:00 – 13:00 UTC
- His team was the first American team to defeat Diablo at the highest difficulty level in Diablo III -
- 2nd - HearthStone Innkeeper's Invitational - 2013
Advice for Streamers
Commitment. When he started streaming, that is all that he did seven days a week for two years, without missing a single day. – “People who aren’t going to be as committed as that, they’re not going to be as popular.”
Because I don’t treat it as business, because it’s relaxed, people tend to see that and a lot of people get attracted to the stream. They like the videos, they like the content because it’s pretty relaxed.