John “TotalBiscuit” Bain is about to become the first non-player to be inducted into the eSports Hall of Fame at the upcoming ESL One in Hamburg.
TotalBiscuit passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer at the very young of 33. However, his work and his impact in the world of video game journalism and criticism will continue to live on. TotalBiscuit started off as the host for World of Warcraft Radio that received a lot of praise from fans and was acknowledged by Blizzard themselves. After that, he ran his own website where he would post gameplay videos before moving onto YouTube.
On YouTube his “WTF…” series’ was extremely popular where he would give his own opinions about a game, what he liked and what he disliked. He was always extremely critical and even received a lot of flak for sometimes too aggressively criticizing a game, however, he always looked out for the best interest of the consumer and the player. He also had a long-running podcast series called the “Co-Optional” podcast which is now being continued by his wife.
Besides Youtube, TotalBiscuit was also a big fan of competitive gaming and eSports and sponsored a StarCraft 2 team, Team Axiom having previously sponsored Team Dignitas’ player BlinG. He also used to commentate matches around that time.
TotalBiscuit was someone who had a lot of fans and also a lot of critics, however, his work and his impact is something that was very influential to a lot of people and his induction into the e-Sports Hall of Fame seems like a valid and just one.
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