When he first received CS:GO, the friend who gifted him the game and three other friends would always play together on a team. Each of them would use a Family Guy character, including both the character name and thumbnail. He chose Stewie. He once played against another ‘Stewie’ in match-making, so he added on ‘2K’.
Stewie2k was introduced to video games by his older brother, whom he would watch playing Counter-Strike 1.6 on the PC. His brother slowly taught him how to play and he was soon playing both console and PC video games. However, he was only really able to play for long periods of time when his parents bought him his own computer and he begin playing games in other genres such as RuneScape and MapleStory. He spent much of his childhood being raised by his aunt, as his parents would often need to travel for business.
When he was in middle school, he and his friends would mainly play Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360. This was his first taste of competitive gaming, which motivated him to spend most of his free time honing his fps skills. He and his friends went to different high schools, which allowed him to explore other games. This was when he discovered League of Legends. He played for a year before he got bored and decided to return to maining CS 1.6.
A friend gave him CS:GO as a gift when he was 16 years old. He started playing in the summer and soon became obsessed with the game. He loved it so much that he decided to aim towards becoming a professional CS:GO player. Much of his motivation to spend all of his free time gaming was due to his being along most of the time as his siblings were in college and his aunt was no longer able to take care of him. He would even skip school for days on end, which eventually led to his needing to transfer to an independent school.
Stewie2K joined the CS:GO ESEA league after about half a year of playing match-ups. He joined with a semi-professional team around that time. When he was 17, he participated in C9’s open try-outs and on with them on his 18th birthday. His parents were upset about his skipping school to focus on playing CS:GO and were initially very opposed to his career choice.
He therefore moved to the team house, so that he would be able to fully focus on his career. He completed high school while being a fulltime member of the team.
He has an older sister and older brother.
Stewie2k has won over $504,500 USD in tournaments and has received ~$28,862 USD from his top 24 donators alone, according to his Twitch profile.
He doesn’t have a set schedule due to his professional commitments.
- 1st - ZOTAC Cup Masters - 2018
- 1st - Adrenaline Cyber League - 2018
- 1st - Moche XL Esports - 2018
- 1st - DreamHack Open Denver - 2017