In 2008, while he was in Eleventh Grade, most of the student body were playing Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl. However, he couldn’t afford to by himself a Nintendo DS at the time and so had to do without.
After about a year, people were no longer interested in their Nintendo DS’s or Pokémon games, so he was able to buy himself a DS with a free game thrown in at a reasonable price. A while after he completed the game, he went to the public library and saw someone playing online battles. He chatted to the guy about it and went home to fetch his DS so that he could show shofu how to set it up.
He really enjoyed it and started searching for online resources, which lead to his discovering a competitive Pokémon website where he could connect with other players who wanted to battle. He continued improving from then on until he eventually decided to try competing in professional tournaments.
He went on to attend college after high school.
Eventually one of shofu’s friends started uploading his WiFi battles to YouTube and introduced shofu XerxesTV (MTGXerxes), NBZ and ZeldaMasterLuke among others. After watching them, he felt inspired to try doing it himself, as it looked fun and easy to him. So, he began uploading content to YouTube on September 27, 2009.
Of course, he discovered that content creation was much more difficult than he had initially thought but kept on uploading his content anyway. His channel slowly grew over the years.
Although he created his Twitch account in February 2009, according to TwitchMetrics, it seems that he only started live streaming in January 2013. He received his Twitch Partnership in late April 2019. He uses a lot of profanity.
shofu doesn’t havea set schedule, but tends to stream daily for between 1.5 – 5 hours per session.
He is 6’5” tall.
My advice to aspiring competitive battlers: just keep doing it. It’s all about experience. Pokémon is not a hard game at all.