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7 Quick Qs No. 5: Are there any gamers who inspire you?

  • Date:
    Nov 8, 2020

USA Basketball reached out to the gamers participating in this weekend’s USA E-National Team trials to find out a little bit about what makes them tick, the origin of their nickname, their go-to move, and other tidbits. We asked for answers to seven quick questions and got back a myriad of responses.

  • Question No. 1: What is the origin of your gamertag?
  • Question No. 2: When or why did you begin playing esports?
  • Question No. 3: Do you play any additional esports competitively?
  • Question No. 4: What was the first game you ever remember playing?
  • Question No. 5: (below) Are there any gamers who inspire you?

ABPureblood: There are a few gamers who I definitely look up to and inspire to be better and first one of course is Cha-Cha. That's my guy. (From) day one he's taught me everything I know, and I want to keep making him proud every time I touch the sticks. Another is YEYNotGaming from the Knicks Gaming Squad in season 1. He was my first follower on Twitter that was verified😅 I didn’t even know what that was at the time. LOL, but we've built a friendship and I know Eric has my back like I have his. Not only in the gaming world, but life as well. 

ALittleLady87: Sonic Fox.

CB13: A gamer who inspires me is NickMercs because of the positivity yet seriousness he brings while streaming.

Crush: One gamer that inspires me in NICKMERCS because of how much his brand has grown over the years. He's a prime example of grinding out the gaming industry until you have one of the biggest fan bases in the world.

Dayfri: Ninja. A true inspiration for any gamer, crazy to see the things he's done for gaming.

Dimez: Growing up I always looked up to OpTic Gaming and Scump. I always wanted to be what he was, just in the game NBA 2K. He inspired me as a gamer to keep going harder and trying to make something of myself in gaming. I love esports overall, and it all originated from there.

DJLayy: My favorite center in the NBA 2K League is PeteBeBallin. He's a quiet guy who lets his game speaks for him. I've studied his game play and he motivates me to become a better C by reading the floor, making the extra pass, being more aggressive, and to be confident in myself.

FEAST: Growing up I really enjoyed watching Scump, and Chris Smoove. Both played Call of Duty and NBA 2K. 

Gradient: Also a 2K League player, Jackson Potts, his work ethic is zero to none and it’s always inspiring.

IcyGrl: Not really.

iKilledZiah: There aren’t any individual gamers who stand out right now, but I am very much inspired by the overall growth of the industry and the people that have catapulted the game to where it is now. 

KennyGotWork: Guys like Ninja of course. He has a brand and he's kind of set for life.

OriginalMalik: There’s a couple of gamers that definitely inspire me. Ninja and Nick Mercs from the Fortnite community and Nadeshot and Scumpy from the Call of Duty community.  A couple guys from the 2K community are Tyceno, Duke Dennis and Prettyboyfredo. These are all guys that I’ve watched grow playing and content creation-wise and aspire to get there one day.

Radiant: Not really any off the top of my head. 

Ramo: For me it was Nadeshot from Call of Duty and what he has done in the esports scene 

ZaeBucks: My father is who inspired me to play video games in the first place. When he first moved into the country, he fell in love with video games with the SNES and N64.

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