GTA RP community raise over $40,000 after death of streamer Blue622 - Dexerto
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GTA RP community raise over $40,000 after death of streamer Blue622

Published: 9/Jul/2020 11:28 Updated: 9/Jul/2020 11:59

by Calum Patterson

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Following the unexpected passing of GTA RP player and streamer Kenny ‘Blue622’ Tancredi, the streaming community has come together to help raise an incredible amount of money, and pay tribute to a popular figure in the scene.

When GTA Roleplay took off in 2019, the experienced players were crucial in helping big-name streamers like LIRIK and Summit1g to become embedded in the unique culture and community it fosters.

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Blue622 was a particularly influential member of the RP community, and his unexpected death sent a shockwave through the scene. As well as supporting other streamers, he was also a big part of the success of NoPixel, now the most well-known RP server.

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Twitter: Blue622
Blue622 was a very influential figure in GTA RP.

He died suddenly on July 4, at his home. He was 30 years old. An obituary from Morgan Funeral Home says “Kenny was a Network Engineer and had a natural affiliation with anything technology related. This led to his spare time passion for gaming, which he turned into a successful, entrepreneurial endeavor that produced a following of other gamers. He also loved animals, water sports and snowboarding – and making everyone laugh.”

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GTA RP community pays tribute to Blue622

In an incredible gesture, the NoPixel community on GTA RP paid a special in-game tribute to Tancredi, by visiting his home in the server.

Hundreds of players gathered peacefully outside his virtual residence, and shared a moment of reverence.

Streamer JoshOG explained the important role Tancredi had within the community, particularly how he helped get himself and Summit1g into the game.

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Blue622 GoFundMe

A GoFundMe was set up by Tancredi’s mother, Holly Bentzen. The money will go towards ‘paying it forward’ “to give to others in Kenny’s memory. Also to create a memorial monument for his gravesite fitting for this gamer!”

At the time of writing, the GoFundMe has raised over $43,000, with Summit1g himself contributing $5,000.

Tancredi’s death came only days after the passing of fellow Twitch streamer Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein, who took his own life on July 2. On July 7, streamer Ohlana also passed away after an apparent suicide.

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It has been a difficult week for the streaming world, and there is now heightened focus on the pressures of being a full-time content creator.

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Overwatch devs make Elon Musk’s dreams come true by buffing Torbjorn

Published: 14/Oct/2020 3:20 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 3:21

by Michael Gwilliam

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UPDATE (October 13, 7PM PT): Mere hours after Elon Musk confirmed that his Overwatch main was Torbjorn, the Overwatch developers released a video showcasing a newly buffed version of the Damage hero, per his request.

Elon Musk asked for a buff to Torb’s turret and that’s exactly what he got. In the same day that his main hero was made public, the Overwatch team fulfilled his requests and gave Torb one of his biggest buffs to date in a hilarious bite-sized clip.

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The video shows Torb’s deployable turrets soaring off the ground. Three of them remained floating in the sky all at once, blasting down any foe that dared to step out on the moon.

It’s no secret that tech billionaire Elon Musk plays video games, but on October 13, he shocked the internet when he revealed his Overwatch main and how he would buff the hero.

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After making a rather random tweet about the “The Illuminaughty” – a clever play on words, YouTuber twomad asked the 49-year-old if he mains Torbjorn in Overwatch.

Regardless of how the weird topic got started, Elon replied saying “um… yes” confirming he does in fact play Blizzard’s hero-based FPS and mains the Swedish engineer.

The unlikely response earned Musk a whopping 26,000 likes. For much of Overwatch’s lifespan, Torb was considered a bit of a joke or throw pick who offered very little benefit on attack.

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However, after a major rework, the DPS has grown increasingly stronger and is actually one of the most viable heroes in the game at all levels right now.

Sadly, Musk didn’t state how long he had been playing Overwatch or Torbjorn for that matter, so it’s possible that he had only played when the hero wasn’t as good or only after the big rework happened.

Even the official Overwatch Twitter account decided to get in on the fun and replied to Musk with a picture of a giant Torbjorn turret on Mars.

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“We’ve been thinking about this for a while,” they captioned the humorous picture. “Call us.”

Furthermore, Musk went on to explain how he would buff Torbjorn and the ideas were interesting to say the least. “Please buff Torb’s turret!” he exclaimed. “Or maybe 2 weak turrets to allow more strategic degrees of freedom.”

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It was certainly an interesting reply and a sign that we could be looking at one of the most ambitious crossovers in history if Overwatch takes Elon up on his idea.

Though it’s unlikely that we’ll see Musk’s ideas make it to the game, but there’s always the Experimental Mode, so it’s possible Elon could end up getting his wish.

Who knows – maybe next time you’re in a game and a player won’t swap off Torb, it may be Elon Musk of all people.