PPMD, Super Smash Bros. Melee legend and member of the Five Gods, has returned to streaming.
Competitive Melee fans, rejoice! One of your Gods has returned to action after a long break, but there was at least a good reason for it.
Last week, PPMD returned to Twitch for his first stream in three years. He was noticeably thinner than last we saw him, but was in high spirits to engage with the Smash Melee community once again.
Hey everyone, I have decided it's time to stream again. I will go live tomorrow at 2:30PM EST, and will have a speech 30 minutes later, with Melee after that. I think it will be pretty fun. See you in chat =)https://t.co/2k1CLAYRYp— Kevin Nanney (@EG_PPMD) April 23, 2019
Kevin “PPMD” Nanney is revered for being one of the best Super Smash Melee players of all time. The dual Falco/Marth main has finished in the top 10 of every tournament he’s entered since 2011, with his highest point being back to back wins at Apex in 2014 and 2015.
But it was after Apex 2015 that PPMD began to suffer from medical issues--or at least, those issues became too big to ignore. Chronic fatigue, inability to sleep, thinning hair, difficulty focusing, as well as pain in his shoulders, back, and stomach were preventing him from playing at his best, so after Smash Summit 2015 he began a long hiatus to essentially get healthy.
Initially diagnosed with low testosterone after seeing a specialist, PPMD was still experiencing symptoms after six months of treatment. By the six month mark, he’d developed chest pains and a fast heartbeat, and still had difficulty sleeping.
In his return Twitch stream, PPMD revealed that in the middle of 2017 he began a frantic search for anything that would help, believing that the diagnosis of “low testosterone” and its treatment wasn’t really helping. He eventually found someone whom he sees every Wednesday for a regular appointment which has been helping his health improve, along with a combination of diet, exercise, and meditation.
Now, PPMD is happy to report that the pain is gone, he can concentrate once more, and although he’s now underweight rather than overweight, he still feels much healthier.
And in his return to practicing Smash on Twitch he helps is loyal fans (who subbed and resubbed in great numbers during his inaugural stream) to help him stay on the track to good health.
PPMD committed to streaming 4 days per week for 2-3 hours, provided his medical issues don’t act up. We wish him the best of luck, and hope to see his return to tournament play someday soon!