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Today’s article features Statiklinge, a member of the Team Genji Stream team.
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Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Inland Empire, Fontana California!
What first got you into gaming?
My first experience with gaming was Super Mario World and Zelda Ocarina of Time. I was very young and I fully
remember opening my N64 with excitement. After the first 10 minutes of Zelda I was hooked. I fell in love with Fantasy RPGs and haven’t put them down since. As I got older I started getting more and more competitive. Jumping into the Halo Scene at a young age and eventually MMORPGS. Before I started playing League of Legends I was very into games such as World of Warcraft, Everquest and Runescape. I still love them, but League of Legends holds a special spot in my gaming world.
What is the League of Legends scene like in California?
Where I live the gaming scene is huge! The United States of America has I believe the highest amount of streamers. Where I live is no exception, I have 4 lan centers within a 45 minutes drive, one of which takes me 5 minutes to get to. I have friends who stream and are huge in their games community. I’ve been friends with Runescape Twitch streamer Alfie for years. A few other of my friends play League of Legends at the highest levels. It’s cool seeing these dudes live their dreams. I hope to someday be as successful as them.
If you could change one thing about League of Legends, what would it be and why?
We all get frustrated and upset sometimes at people not playing their best or not trying hard enough. What I would want to change about League of Legends is to make the community less toxic. I believe this would lead to a more enjoyable game for everyone involved.
I believe a favorite Champion says a lot about about a person, what is your favorite and why? Riot Boards has a great page about this that I’ve read and i feel the same way. If you play a support champion in league you can see it as your the person who others can count on to help them out and have their backs. Like they say about Braum in the thread “You’re are the real bro, your there for your girl and your family, animals love you and everyone enjoys your pecks”
What do you do when you aren’t playing/streaming League of Legends?
When I’m not gaming or streaming I’m either writing songs and playing music. I sing and play 7 instruments. I’m also a trained chef and love to think of new recipes. If I’m not doing one of these I’m just with friends messing around and having a good time.
You play 7 instruments? How did you get started with that?
Music had always been a passion of mine. I learned to play the Guitar, bass, drums and a few others as well as being a singer before heading to San Diego for College where I learned to play the Ukulele.
You moved to San Diego for College, what courses did you take while you were there?
I moved to San diego where I attended community college when I was 20. I studied Music, food, Business Management and accounting while I was there. At an early age I had fallen in love with cooking and wanted to pursue it as a career.
You went through some crazy stuff last year, can you tell us some more about it?
August 2017 was when my life changed. The accident that left me in a wheelchair and blew my mind. I don’t mind sharing it because it has made me a better person overall. I almost died due to the injury creating two blood clots, one in each lung. It was a hard fight and I’ve had four surgeries since and one or two more on the way. It’s weird not being able to feel my other leg, in the beginning I just wanted to give up. But my friends and family helped push me through and made me a stronger person because of it. I appreciate life more, I’m just overall calmer. My perspective on life has changed. As time went on in January of 2018 I rescued my dog Hannah from Mexico. She was a stray who had survived a flood and found her way to us. I love that dog and she has started training to become my service dog. She hates it if I leave without her and cries, It’s really quite sad.
If you want to learn more about Statiklinge and his story, find more of him on his twitch Twitch.tv/Statiklinge or on his youtube channel where he will be uploading videos regularly at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEX8I4Ct3zw0NzuVyu_8EKg?view_as=subscriber