LethalFrag completes his livestream mission
It's the stuff of gaming legends; a dream that many gamers have had since the dawn of time, and it starts with a question that we've all asked at one point of another:
"Could I just quit my job and play games for a living?"
If there's one thing we've learned from the current MMO climate, it's that unless you're very, very good, or extermely hard working, the answer is a resounding "no".
Gamer, LethalFrag took the second path, and took on a gaming challenge of monumental proportions.
LethalFrag, aka Matthew McKnight was a professional chef who loved gaming, and was pretty prominent in the casual fps scene, with a Youtube and Justin.tv partnership and a reasonable fan-base. Enough was enough though, and LethalFrag wanted to see how far he could take it. With 2 kids, no home of his own and a mountain of debt, he went all-in, quit his job, and set himself up as a professional livestreamer, promising to run a 2-year long livestream schedule on the LethalFrag Twitch channel.
"I have many reasons for doing this, some selfish and others not. It has always been my dream to make gaming my full time living, and I have spent the past year of my life trying to grow on youtube, social media and livestreaming."
McKnight hoped the career change would raise him out of debt, give him more time with his fiancee and kids, raise some money for charity, and ultimately cement him into professional gaming.
The livestream has featured a gallery of various games, including a host of free to play and mmo streaming, featuring games like SWTOR, DotA 2, Diablo III and StarCraft II, opting for games that invited interactive and "dapper" stream conversation with his viewers. In addition, the stream featured a ton of fps and rpg goodness, cooking and mmo strategy advice, and some of the most epic facial hair ever to grace the internet.
731 days of scheduled streaming later; and McKnight has completed his challenge! At the end of the session, he made a brief statement, thanking his fans and Twitch, before ironically, his internet failed him and dropped the stream, many referring to it as "The Soprano's Ending". He has now taken a well earned vacation from streaming, and will return to his channel on January 23rd.
"Most people that enter the entertainment industry will fail, but I am living proof that career opportunities are available on Twitch.tv"
Over the past 2 years, LethalFrag has inspired many, established a tight community, spent some valuable time with his family, secured himself a career at Twitch.tv and, of course, played a LOT of videogames.