We're going to take a step back this week and talk about something a little more somber than I normally would. Some of you may know that a rather popular Twitch streamer passed away on the 19th of February during a 24-hour charity marathon stream. He was raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation by streaming multiple-20-hour days streaming his game of choice (World of Tanks). 22 hours into his 24 hour marathon, he stepped out to go smoke a cigarette and never came back to the stream.
Here's the thing. He was 35. And in seemingly good health (aside from the smoking). Which is tragic. It's also not the first time we've heard of people passing away from giant gaming marathons:
- 18-year-old Gamer dies after 40 hour Diablo 3 marathon
- 20-year-old Gamer dies after 12-hour gaming marathon
- 32-year-old gamer dies after 3-day gaming binge
- 24-year-old gamer dies after 19-hour gaming session
So I just want to ask you guys to take care of yourselves. I know there a members of our audience that also do charity streams and marathons.
So go for a walk every now and then. Make sure you stand up from time to time during long game sessions (blood clots are a seriously huge deal). Try to pick some healthier stuff to snack on. Little things add up. We want you guys to be around with us for a long time to come. And I'm sure your friends and family do too.
Here's the thing, I know I could do a much better job at this stuff too. You've heard the jokes on the podcast about me eating gummy bears and stuff. So yeah, I'm guilty too. Let's all try to do a little better.
Sorry for being such a downer this week. But I think it's good from time to time to stop and take a look at things and see where you can improve things. Our health is key in all of this. So take care, and we will talk to you guys soon.
PS) If you want to donate to the three children of the streamer who passed away, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched.
PPS) LCS has an off-week this week due to IEM Katowice. A big international tournament. It features League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and StarCraft 2 tournaments. If you're interested in any of those games, go check it out over here.