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Interview with South African streamer PACMAN10154

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Recently we had the privilege to ask PACMAN10154 a couple of questions with regards to his stream and how he got to where he is now. If you haven’t checked out PACMAN10154’s stream, you are definitely missing out on one of the best local talents out there!

He was well renowned in the professional CS:GO scene playing for teams like WRG and Pulse. Now he dedicates his time to streaming full time and I think his fans couldn’t be happier.
Here are the questions and answers from the legendary PACMAN1G- I mean, PACMAN10154!

Where does your name come from and how did you manage to settle on that as your identity?

  • Growing up I went through a number of names, but nothing really stuck with me. I went from Bad Boy(clothing Brand Inspired) to B-boy(Shortened version) and then Pacman. It kind of just stuck with me. The number bit of the name was generously gifted to me by twitch when pacman was already taken so I went with it. Now I’m known as Pacman10154.

What was the first game that you remember playing and how old were you when you took an interest in gaming?

  • Half-Life with my Dad on PS2 and I was about 7 or 8 years old.

When did you realize that you wanted to stream full time?

  • When I first stumbled across Summit1g playing Warz in 2012 I think it was. Knowing that you could interact and entertain so many people while just playing video games was the most attractive point. Then realizing he was doing it full time was just mind blowing. I definitely wanted to give it a try and so I did throughout the years. I think it was around a year later when I did all the research and tested out live streaming to see what I needed and what I could do.

What were the difficulties that you had to overcome in order to make this your life?

  • I think the biggest challenge was convincing my parents. When my stream “blew up” on youtube last year I would go to my parents daily and tell them about how the stream went and how crazy good things were. Then I got to a point where I sat down with them and showed them all my stats and how I could actually move out and commit another year to gaming. Leaving everything up to them they came back and said YES! Go for it. “You are still young and it’s not everyday people get to follow their dreams.” Probably one of the most memorable moments.

If you weren’t streaming, what would be the next best thing for you, career wise?

  • I was actually accepted to go Study Psychology at a college the year after I finished school. So that's probably where I’d be today still.

How did your parents react to the news of you wanting to become a full time streamer?

  • To be honest they never really listened or gave it much thought at first. They didn't understand it. At the time I was working and competing in CSGO competitively so that was enough for them to try and follow and understand. The more and more things went well for me on stream the more I would share with them. Then they started watching the streams and slowly started to realize how badly I wanted to achieve this in life.

In the early days of your streaming career, how did you manage to stay motivated to keep on streaming everyday and finally reach the success you have now?

  • I’ve been very passionate about streaming from the first moment I tried it. Passion and the few viewers I had that supported me kept me going throughout the years. There have definitely been moments where I wanted just give up and never try again. I guess I owe a big thank you to all the OG’s from stream. Frisky_kun, Strifetheshade, Sickoink, Dragonnite50, Nou_Braai_Ons, Peskyyyyy, Krugcmeel, Absyn, Darren, Edition and more. It’s been one of the most challenging things I’ve gone through in life, but I’m still here. I’m passionate, dedicated and still going strong!

PACMAN setup

What setup are you currently running both for gaming and streaming?

  • I’m currently running everything off my BEAST of a computer. Peripherals: Cougar Gaming Revenger Mouse, Cougar Gaming Phontum HeadPhones, Cougar Gaming Attack x3 RGB Cherry, Cougar Gaming Speed MousePad 450x400x5mm, Cougar Gaming Mouse Bungee. Hardware: Asus Strix 8GB 1080 Graphics Card, AMD Ryzen 7 1700x 4.0 Ghz CPU, ROG Strix x370-F Gaming Motherboard, 16GB DDR4 3466MHz Ram, Cougar Gaming Conquer Case, Asus VG248QE 24’ 3D FHD 1920x1080 LED 144hz Gaming Monitor.

How important is it to network with people in the community in both the streaming world and your fans?

  • Networking is always a good thing, regardless if you stream or not. You never know who you may meet or what opportunities could come your way from saying hello to someone. In streaming it’s always good to chat to fellow streamers and see what they are up to. Fans, well, it’s always great to speak with them in person and put a face to the name.

If you could move anywhere in the world, where would you move to and why?

  • I’m not really sure where I would move to, but reasons for moving would be for more opportunities in competitive gaming.

When you first started streaming. What was your first stream setup like and what was the first game you played on stream?

  • First stream was pretty epic. I made sure that I had everything I needed. Camera Borders, notifications, alerts, and a badass overlay. I wanted to do it properly from the get go. First game was CSGO and noo, nooo I didn’t get any viewers.

CSGO artwork

In all your time streaming, what was the one moment that stood out to you the most?

  • Most memorable moments would be the ones of playing Hide and seek with viewers in CSGO, the laughs over in chat about my goldfish brain and the overall epicness that the viewers made possible with their support over on Youtube last year.

Who was your main inspiration to start streaming and why?

  • Summit1G… He was an absolute beast at CSGO and pretty much every FPS game he touched. I looked up to him in almost every aspect of my stream. I wanted people to look at me like I looked up to Summit.

In your downtime, when you aren’t streaming, what do you enjoy spending that time doing?

  • I normally hang out with my family, chat with friends, or just watch series and relax a bit.

Do you play any games off stream?

  • If I’m really into a game I’ll play it on and off stream otherwise, I might just hope on every now and then to jam a game with friends.

What do you think of the South African eSports scene as a whole, and do you think that there is a future in it for people wanting to make a career in esports in South Africa?

  • There is a lot of growth that still needs to happen within our local Esports scene before people can make careers out of it, but yes. We are moving in the right direction. I would estimate in the next 4-5 years maybe.

What advice would you give to anyone who wants to start streaming regularly?

  • If you want to start streaming, go for it! It will be a ton of fun. You’ll meet so many new and awesome people. Some of them will even become your real life friends. It's a crazy roller coaster with tons of ups and downs and it's not easy. Like I’ve mentioned it's been one of the most difficult things I’ve gone through in my life, but you make so many memories and meet so many great people. It's totally worth it! Follow your passion and don’t give up. You’ll do great things with it.

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would that be?

  • Lasagna Lasagna Lasagna Lasagna Lasagna Lasagna Lasagna Lasagna

What was the most embarrassing moment that happened to you on stream?

  • Oh my goodness do I mess up names.  People come to the stream and have the most simplistic names. I mess it up 90% of the time. Oh and having a goldfish brain. I’m discussing something with chat and something takes my attention in game for a second and I’m completely lost with what we were discussing. For that reason I’ve been dubbed as “Sir Gold Fish Brain”

We would just like to thank PACMAN10154 for taking the time to answer some of our questions! Keep doing what you are doing PACMAN1G, you are an inspiration to many people who want to follow the same path!

If you would like to support PACMAN10154, stop by his Twitch channel at twitch.tv/pacman10154. One of the best local talents around!