TotalBiscuit has been inducted into the Esports Hall of Fame.
If you were a gamer with even the tiniest online presence in the early 2010s, it’s likely you already know the name TotalBiscuit. John "TotalBiscuit" Bain was a legend in the online gaming community, a prolific content creator, a proponent for consumer protection, and by all accounts a generally great guy.
Sadly, he was taken well before his time. After a cancer diagnosis in 2014, he was given 2-3 years to live. He died in May of this year surrounded by friends and loved ones. And now his legacy is being honored by the Electronic Sports League as the first non-player to be inducted into the ESL Hall of Fame.
Most know TotalBiscuit from his hundreds of YouTube videos, but his love of gaming goes back much further than his rise to YouTube stardom. In 2005, Bain founded WoW Radio, an internet radio station which discussed all things World of Warcraft. After losing his job in 2010, Bain decided to devote his life fully to gaming, starting a professional StarCraft 2 team and creating videos of himself playing video games and then talking over his own gameplay.
As his fame grew, he was asked by companies like Valve and Blizzard to become the play-by-play announcer (or Shoutcaster) for their various competitive games. But it was his YouTube channel that got him the most acclaim, with over 2.2 million subscribers at its height before his death.
Perhaps his most popular series was “Wtf is…?”, where Bain would provide a sort of first-impressions synopsis of various games--often indie games that benefited immensely from Bain’s enormous following.
“He left behind a body of work unmatched by any other while still managing to give a voice to indie scenes and breakout players,” wrote the ESL in a statement. “His contributions to the industry are immeasurable and as such we are honored to induct him into the Esports Hall of Fame as the first non-player. His legacy will live on.”
TotalBiscuit was inducted during ESL One Hamburg 2018, Europe's biggest DOTA 2 festival and tournament.