Madden Player Hailed as Hero for Shielding Younger Players During Jacksonville Shooting - Dexerto

Madden Player Hailed as Hero for Shielding Younger Players During Jacksonville Shooting

Published: 28/Aug/2018 20:33 Updated: 29/Aug/2018 8:50

by Virginia Glaze


Ronald “SirusTheVirus” Casey risked his own life to protect younger Madden players in the midst of the Jacksonville shooting.

On August 26th, a competitor in a Madden 19 qualifying tournament opened fire in Jacksonville Landing’s GLHF game bar, killing two players and injuring eleven before turning the gun on himself.


During the chaos of the incident, one player risked his life to protect others in the venue using his own body.

Known as “SirusTheVirus,” the Ohio-based Madden player shielded younger competitors as the shooter unloaded in a moment of quick-thinking. He described the incident in an interview with Fox45, stating that they were lucky the gunman wasn’t weilding an automatic weapon.


“A bullet hit the wall or whatever, came over and I could smell it. That’s when I was like, man, I just made the decision to jump on top of the guys.”

Casey was just behind the stream setup, which caught the gut-wrenching incident on camera. One of the players on stream, Eli “trueboy” Clayton, was killed.

“The gun shots started taking off just, pop, pop, pop, and it just like it took everyone by surprise,” he said. “This was the worst thing I’ve seen in my life. I’m sitting there and I see these people getting shot.”

Multiple Twitter users reached out to Casey, thanking him for his heroic act and hailing him as a hero.

“@SirusTheVirusTV and @fitzmagic13 dad are heroes. Shout out to these guys for putting other people’s lives in front of theirs and trying to shield them while the shooting happened. Truly glad they’re both okay 🙏🏻🙏🏻”



According to Casey, the room inside the venue was very small, leaving the assembled players vulnerable to attack. While three fatalities ultimately resulted from the incident, it’s thanks to Casey that there weren’t more.


StreamElements supports underrepresented streamers with Creator Diversity Fund

Published: 2/Sep/2020 17:38 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 9:32

by Calum Patterson


StreamElements has announced the 20 recipients of its $100,000 Creator Diversity fund, providing creators of underrepresented groups on Twitch with professional livestreaming services.

These streamers are up-and-coming broadcasters who are fighting for their place in the uber-competitive landscape of livestreaming, and who face even harsher competition because of their protected characteristics.


The Creator Diversity Fund will provide them “a wide range of support from StreamElements which includes graphics, production, and mentorship.”

StreamElements Logo
StreamElements provides tools and services to livestreamers.

Additionally, SteelSeries is onboard to provide all recipients with Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headsets.


StreamElements said they were inspired to start the fund, due to an acknowledgment that these creators, in underrepresented groups, face extra challenges in the livestreaming space.

StreamElements Creator Diversity Fund Recipients

The creators were selected due to the type of content they were producing, their dedication to livestreaming, and their own insights provided when they applied.

The fund hopes to be “a way to help elevate their presence and voice in an ecosystem where discovery and access to information is an issue.”


Marc, who goes by Teknikalx on Twitch, told us “I applied for the fund because I thought it would be beneficial for my channel to receive additional support to give the channel a more professional look vs what I have now. Also to bring to light that programs like this exist and if a channel such as mine can receive support in this manner, other channels can too.”

Teknikalx boasts over 5,000 followers on Twitch, but says that having the support of StreamElements ‘Dream Team’ will “give a boost to my channel in the extra visibility to my content. I truly believe that the access to doors that would otherwise be closed will open, with their support to show that my content is worth not only checking out but supporting.”

Fellow streamer StreetGrind, who streams everything from Fall Guys to Horizon Zero Dawn, said the support from the Creator Diversity fund will take his “content and brand to the next level in overall aesthetics as well as consistency.”

Twitch streamer StreetGrind
StreetGrind, one of the recipients of the Creator Diversity Fund, aims to take his content and brand to the “next level.”

“I’m hoping to use this support to increase my discoverability on who I am and what my brand is about. Improving every day one step at a time and helping others along the way,” he explained. “We stand stronger together instead of individually.”

Another recipient, GoofyWise, similarly hopes the support will push his stream further and provide a better viewing experience. “Opportunities like these are rare especially those targeted to people who look like me.”



“I plan to use this opportunity to take my channel to the next level by giving my stream an increased level of professionalism that will attract viewers from all around,” he told Dexerto. “Not to mention the added confidence boost from having a higher quality look and feel. Look good, feel good!”

The support will include guidance on growing their brand, securing sponsorships, merchandising, and all other facets of growing and maintaining an audience.

StreamElements is one of the leading third-party services used by countless streamers to manage their donations, overlays, alerts and more while they are broadcasting.

“Livestreaming is not an easy profession and it can be even more daunting for members of underrepresented groups,” said Doron Nir, CEO, StreamElements. “With the Creator Diversity Fund, our goal is to provide those invaluable industry insights on top of improving all aspects of their channels.”

Each of the 20 recipients will have an “account manager”, with 24/7 assistance, and provided a selection of “in-game overlays, alerts, emotes, transitions, sub badges, headers, tipping pages, info panels, and logos,” customized for their channel.