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StarCraft issues touching tribute to Geoff ‘iNcontrol’ Robinson

by Michael Gwilliam

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Blizzard’s official StarCraft Twitter account posted a touching message on the passing of former pro turned commentator Geoff 'iNcontrol' Robinson on Monday, July 22. 

The post reads, “thank you for everything, Geoff. StarCraft won't be the same without you." 

A graphic with more information was attached. It reads: "We are heartbroken to see the news about Geoff ‘iNcontrol’ Robinson. Between playing, streaming, casting, and hosting, he touched most everyone who follows StarCraft with his wit and passion.” 

The post concluded, “He’ll be sincerely missed and forever part of the legacy of the game. Our deepest condolences to his family.”

Blizzard does have a history of honoring respected community figures within their games. It’s possible they’ll be doing something similar for iNcontrol as they did for Dennis “‘Internethulk’ Hawelka when he passed away. 

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On the Eichenwalde map in Overwatch, the words “I *heart* D H” were added to a crusader poster. Considering Internethulk was from Germany, the tribute made sense on this map.

Overwatch League also has an award in his honor given to the player who had the most positive impact on the community at the end of each season.

The company could immortalize iNcontrol in some form, but nothing has been officially announced

Late on Sunday, July 21, it was announced that iNcontrol unexpectedly passed on Saturday, July 20 after suffering from a sudden illness.

He was only 33. 

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iNcontrol was a former StarCraft player and commentator

The statement on his social media page read: “With immense grief, we announce Geoff's unexpected passing due to sudden illness Saturday. We ask privacy as his family works to understand what happened and make arrangements.”

“Geoff is deeply loved across many communities and we’re all working to make sure his affairs are in order as he’d want,” the post concluded. 

iNcontrol was a StarCraft 2 Protoss player before moving onto commentary where he worked events such as season one of North American Star League and the 2012 DreamHack Open: Stockholm. 

The cause of death has not been disclosed and Robinson’s family has asked for privacy at this time.