YouTube gaming personality John Bain, who is also known as TotalBiscuit, has officially announced that he is retiring as a game critic after a new, and most likely final, update on his health.
Bain announced his retirement in a Reddit post on April 30th saying, "Firstly, I am retiring as a games critic. I can't do the job anymore. I'm under the influence of too much medication to think clearly and my schedule too unreliable to get coverage out in a timely manner. I've found it very stressful over the last year to try and keep up, knowing that I'm failing and watching my work (rightly) fall out of favour because there isn't enough of it, its not on time or its not of good quality. It doesn't make any sense to continue to try to do that job in my state and while it used to bring me a lot of satisfaction, now it's just the opposite."
Bain posted an update earlier in April, which explained that the source of his back pain was an unfortunate spread of his cancer to his spine, and that chemotherapy would no longer be an option for treatment for his illness. At the end of that update, Bain said that, "I am moving straight into a clinical trial I am eligible for. Won't be any quit here while I still have options to try."
Unfortunately the update on April 30th sheds more light on the extensiveness of the illness, and makes clear that Bain is not eligible for the clinical trial he had previously mentioned. After outlining the updates to his illness and eligibility for treatment, he continued on to say, "That will most likely be my last health update, unless some miracle happens or we do indeed find a trial that can do something despite the damage to my liver."
While Bain has announced his retirement, he has also made it clear that he will not be disappearing from Twitch and YouTube. He plans to focus on creating co-op gameplay videos with his wife, Genna Bain, for fans of his content to continue to enjoy.
Bain has asked fans to, "...not to speculate about how long [he] might have left," and finished off his statement with a thanks, "Thank you for reading, watching or listening and I will see you soon, along with Genna, on a stream or YT channel near you."
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