StarCraft 2 and esports personality Geoff 'iNcontroL' Robinson dead at 33

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Well-known gaming personality Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson died of an unexpected illness over the weekend. He was 33.

A message on Robinson’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Sunday. In it, his family asked for privacy as they work to understand what happened and make arrangements. Those wishing to honor his memory or offer comfort to the family are encouraged to donate to the SoCal Bulldog Rescue.


Tributes and well wishes have been pouring in from all parts on social media. Even Robinson’s ex-wife had nothing but fond things to say. The two parted ways last October after nearly six years of marriage.

As ESPN highlights, Robinson got his competitive start in StarCraft: Brood War before transitioning over to StarCraft II. He eventually became one of the top players in North America and later went on to lead the StarCraft team for the Evil Geniuses esports organization.

After retiring from competition, Robinson became an esports commentator and would frequently host streams on Twitch. His most recent broadcast on Twitch occurred just three days ago.

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tomkaten

TS Maniac
Shocking news ! He was so young... May he rest in peace.

I've been a member of the TL.net community for 17 years now and have always appreciated his insight and his humor. He was also a pretty decent Starcraft player.
 
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Hexic

TS Evangelist
Quite sad, he was one hell of a unique guy in the scene. Fun to watch play, stream, or watch him mess around hosting a Homecup tournament.

After many years of watching him come up, this actually really sucks to see.
 

Dosahka

TS Addict
I bet Blizzard will create a voice pack SC2, probably I will be one firsts who buy it. I laughed so much on his streams, one of best streamers who was an entertainer, not just a good SC2 player. God bless his soul.
 

amghwk

TS Guru
"unexpected illness" is all too often just code for a drug overdose of some sort .....

I too would like to know what is this "unexpected illness" about.

At the very least, other young people may learn from this. Depression? Drugs? Or some sort of communicable disease? Dying at young age is not normal.

The family can help educate other youth if it's preventable.
 

Hexic

TS Evangelist
I too would like to know what is this "unexpected illness" about.

At the very least, other young people may learn from this. Depression? Drugs? Or some sort of communicable disease? Dying at young age is not normal.

The family can help educate other youth if it's preventable.
Pro gaming, particularly in his era, wasn’t a healthy or heavily regulated lifestyle. Some of the stuff Geoff, Rotterdam, and that crowd did back in the day was some diehard partying.
 
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ScubaSteve123

TS Rookie
"unexpected illness" is all too often just code for a drug overdose of some sort .....

I too would like to know what is this "unexpected illness" about.

At the very least, other young people may learn from this. Depression? Drugs? Or some sort of communicable disease? Dying at young age is not normal.

The family can help educate other youth if it's preventable.
According to his Twitter he passed away from a blood clot in his lungs. Seems as though it just came out of nowhere. Both him and TB passing away are big blows to starcraft. May he Rest in Peace.
 
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Capaill

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I too would like to know what is this "unexpected illness" about.

At the very least, other young people may learn from this. Depression? Drugs? Or some sort of communicable disease? Dying at young age is not normal.

The family can help educate other youth if it's preventable.
Pro gaming, particularly in his era, wasn’t a healthy or heavily regulated lifestyle. Some of the stuff Geoff, Rotterdam, and that crowd did back in the day was some diehard partying.
I also wonder if they were pushing themselves too hard. I've been watching a good few SC2 casts over the last few months and the casters regularly say how they have to work for 12 hours straight each day of the tournaments plus travelling and meeting the players. It's an unhealthy lifestyle. At some stage you just have to accept that you're getting older and your body just can't take it any more.