entirely about that circuit life for OpTic Gaming’s pro players.
Behind the scrims, the tournaments, the constant travel, there’s
simply the game – the reasons they play, and the moments that drew
them in. We’ve asked them to share a little about their favorite
gaming moments in general – to remember that rush.
PUBG player Ian ‘Bahawaka’ Crowe is currently known for taking
heads and lifting loot on Erangel, but the public nature of his
gaming career is significantly older than PUBG – or even the modern
Battle Royale genre in general.
push that clock back farther – Ian’s favorite moment in gaming
can be found right on the cusp of what would eventually become the
streaming revolution that’s since defined the scene.
kinda stopped streaming now, but I used to stream a long, long time
ago – back when it was Justin.tv and transitioning into Twitch,”
reminisced Crowe. “I was basically still in high school, playing
Heroes of Newerth over the summer.
was sick to actually have an insane viewer count. There was no drive,
like, pushing for that. Also, getting to kind of beat down on other
Twitch streamers at the time – that would always get you a nice
kick to your count over theirs.”
course, standards for what constituted an impressive viewer number
were rather different back then. As Ian recalls, he topped out at
about 2,000-2,500 viewers that summer – enough to secure him the #1
spot on Justin.tv temporarily. Then real life caught up to him.
“Awful internet – it might have been the summer as I was going
into college, and I couldn’t stream during college. Something like
still occasionally gets visits from his old audience – on the rare
occasion that he does pop into Twitch, an old mod will come by and
discover that they still have permissions. Even as Ian’s prepping
for the next major tournament, or getting busy at getting better, a
part of him is still rooted in those early days.
how connected I was with other people – when you have thousands of
people watching, there’s so much support and involvement, and I
felt I was making a difference with a lot of people, bringing that
entertainment value, cheering people up, or making people grow as
Would he want to go back, at expense of his current endeavors? Not as much, said Ian. “I can’t say I regret it, because I’m happy in the moment I’ve gotten to. But, hopefully, I end up finding the time to get back and [stream].”