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Artists reveal touching graffiti memorial for YouTuber Etika

Published: 7/Nov/2019 5:23 Updated: 7/Nov/2019 5:56

by Andrew Amos

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A New York-based group of artists have unveiled an outstanding memorial for late YouTuber Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah five months after his death.

Etika was a larger-than-life YouTuber with a massive love for all things Nintendo. He garnered a following of almost a million subscribers on the platform, and a legion of fans who loved his boisterous personality, before news of his death rocked the gaming community last June. 

Now, a group of graffiti artists have looked to immortalize his ongoing legacy within the industry with a beautifully crafted mural in his hometown of New York.

Etika, InstagramEtika was a popular member of the Smash community.

On November 6, mural organiser ‘Double A’ tweeted out a panorama of the graffiti mural dedicated to the Smash content creator.

“We present to you the Art Mural dedicated to the legend Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah,” they said. 

The artpiece extends over 20 meters, and was designed by artists ‘bkfoxx’ and ‘kestaadm’. It features some of the YouTuber’s most iconic lines, including “Have yourself a damn good one” and “Take care of yourself” – always signing off to his viewers with the same positive message.

It also pays homage to his love of Nintendo, and specifically Smash. The artists integrated two Switch joycons into the mural, as well as a number of Smash-related icons. 

Fans of Etika have come out to celebrate the life of the popular YouTube personality, and admire the wonderful tribute. Many pledged to make the trek out to New York to see it in person.

“Etika will forever be imprinted on this world,” said user ‘CynicalEmo’.

‘Fl33k_ssbu’ also showed off a before and after photo of the mural. The plain old wooden boards have now been transformed into a beautiful shrine. “You guys really put in work,” he said.

Etika went missing on June 19, sparking a five-day search for the YouTuber. A collection of his personal belongings were found on the Manhattan Bridge, with his body being recovered from the East River on June 24.

New York-based fans of the content creator can see the mural for themselves at 1280 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, and pay their respects to the late YouTuber.


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Tetris legend Jonas Neubauer passes away aged 39

Published: 9/Jan/2021 13:32 Updated: 9/Jan/2021 13:58

by Luke Edwards

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Seven-time Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer died at the age of 39 on January 4 after a sudden medical emergency.

The American, an icon of the game, won seven of the first eight Classic Tetris World Championships (CTWC) between 2010 and 2017, finishing as runner-up in 2014 and 2018.

His influence extended far beyond his achievements in the game, as he inspired the competitors around him. In a 2018 interview with VICE, now two-time World Champion Joseph Saelee said: “I would say most of my gameplay is based off Jonas’s gameplay. I try to play exactly like him for the most part.”

Jonas was also a popular Twitch streamer, with 25k followers. Such was his greatness, he went viral in 2018 after accidentally breaking the then world record for quickest time to reach 300,000 points, achieving the feat in 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Tributes pour in for Jonas Neubauer

News of his passing was announced on his Twitter account on January 9. The message said: “He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.”

The news sent shockwaves around the world of esports and gaming, with tributes pouring in to commemorate Jonas and his achievements.

Tetris paid tribute, writing “Jonas Neubauer was one of the greatest classic Tetris players of all time in skill, spirit, and kindness.”

Joseph Saelee, who stunned Jonas to win the 2018 CTWC, left a simple message that said: “Rest In Peace, Jonas.”

TSM chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura said: “I only had the opportunity to meet him once, but he was a very kind person who had a great enthusiasm for all games from tetris to chess and beyond.”

Chris Higgins, director of the documentary ‘Best of Five: The Tetris Champions’, described him as a “loyal son, great husband, staunch friend.”

One fan has created a digital card, free for all to sign, which will be sent to Jonas’ family, with the opportunity for people to leave a message to one of the greats of esports.