He was raised by his mother, while his brother was raised by his dad. He has a niece.
PandaTV’s high school’s student body comprised mainly of Asians, and so most of his friends were Asian. He therefore became good at mimicking these accents. When he moved to Canada, his new friends found it hilarious, which is why he chose his original handle, ChinglishTV. However, in August 2019 he rebranded as 'PandaTV' as he felt that it might be a bit controversial.
PandaTV and his mother spent his childhood and high school life travelling across Australia. He had an extremely difficult childhood, which he describes here. At fourteen, his mom and step-dad moved to Sydney, but were arrested soon after. He chose to live on the streets rather than go to an institution. During that time, he worked as an Apprentice Chef. Soon after that, he started spending his free time at Game Workshop, where he met Adam. Adam invited him to live with his family, which he did for a while. There, he was introduced to video games. He became very skilled in Diablo I and started making a lot of real-world money buying and selling in-game items to other players.
When he was in his late teens, he moved into a reduced rate house-share home with other teenagers.
When he was in his twenties, PandaTV met his Canadian girlfriend and moved to Canada with her. He became very involved in video games at that stage. His skills in his World of Warcraft guild became recognized by his fellow guild members, who encouraged him to stream. His girlfriend encouraged him to try it out. Other streamers such as Sodapoppin, helped to boost his channel. By early 2013, he was badly injured at his job as a bouncer. His friend, Sam, gave him $5,000 CAD to support him to try streaming fulltime because he didn’t want him to work such a dangerous job any more. He soon gained enough followers to become a fulltime streamer and has been doing so ever since. His stream is not kid-friendly.
PandaTV is estimated to have ~5,800 subscribers, with an average of 560 viewers per stream. This should minimally generate him a monthly income of at least $14,500 USD, excluding additional revenue from sponsorships, his Method salary, tips, Twitch cheer bit contributions, merchandise sales and advertising.
He streams daily for between 5 – 11.5 hours. He doesn’t have set starting times.
The biggest thing is to just do it for fun… There’s an illusion that people will just turn on their stream and become someone like Ninja… but that’s just not reality.
Sodapoppin used a headset mic for years. He didn’t have a dual setup. You don’t need that stuff, especially if you’re just starting. He didn’t use a soundboard for years.