In his senior year of high school, he and his friends became interested in the Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH) MTG format. He usually played ‘Numot the Devastator’ as his general. When he later decided to create an MTG Online account, he decided to create a username that paid homage to his favorite card. He also wanted to add a bit of alliteration to his name and so he randomly decided to tack on ‘TheNummy.’
NumotTheNummy first stated playing paper Magic: The Gathering (MTG) in 1999 when one of his older cousins introduced him to it at a family gathering. He was initially just interested in collecting the cards for the artwork. It was only a couple of years later that he really started playing.
He was initially self-taught, as he just read the inserts. He feels that he really learned how to play by actually playing the game.
He uploaded his first MTG video on to his YouTube channel in July 2011 shortly before he entered his first official MTG tournament, the Grand Prix Montreal. He did so because he wanted to be able to receive feedback from MTG community members on his gameplay. He really wanted to instruct others, but he wasn’t sure whether he was at that level yet. Over time, his channel grew he began to really want to gain a wider audience and recognition. He began live-streaming on Justin.tv in 2012.
It took him a year to gain partnership. By 2014, he had gained enough subscribers to stream fulltime. He was in the middle of a 365-day stream challenge and was only just earning enough to get by on. Therefore, it was a bit of a risk, but he did have some money saved up and he felt that it was worth the risk, especially as he was working the late shift at a convenience store at the time. His parents supported him but were somewhat concerned in case it didn’t work out for him.
NumotTheNummy signed on with TSM on March 11, 2019.
NumotTheNummy has ~1,720 subscribers, which should earn him at least $4,300 USD per month, excluding additional revenue from tiered subscriptions, tips, sponsorships, tournament winnings, advertisements and Twitch cheer bit contributions.
His schedule varies from week to week but is updated on his Twitch biography. He usually streams from Monday – Friday for about 8 hours.
Just keep pursuing [streaming], because the first year I was streaming, I wasn’t getting very many viewers at all. It’s just something that clicks all of a sudden.
You need consistent subscribers and sponsorships to make this thing work.
If you can't laugh at yourself and take losses in stride you won't get very far in this business.