John Bain, video game critic, StarCraft II commentator, and streamer, commonly known as TotalBiscuit, has died at May 24th after a tough four-year battle with cancer. Though a controversial figure, he was one of the biggest influencers in the gaming industry, a strong supporter of consumer rights as well as philanthropist. Over the years he built a strong following on Twitch.tv as well as YouTube, and in 2014 he won fan choice for The Game Awards in category ‘Trending Gamer’.
TotalBiscuit was quite open and vocal about his battle with cancer, especially in the last few weeks, when he announced that the chemotherapy treatment he was undergoing stopped working. He made an official announcement about ending his career as a critic, and about passing his channel on to his wife Genna Bain, hoping that his legacy would be continued by the one who knew him best.
Despite the honesty and openness about his condition, his death came as shock to fans, who sent their love and support to John Bain’s wife Genna, his stepson Orion as well as to rest of his family and friends. One fan by the name of David Sievers decided to start a GoFundMe campaign to gather some money for John’s family. In less than 21 hours, 4,251 people raised over $125K, and that number just keeps rising. David himself has spoken to Genna Bain which is very appreciative of all the support.
If you would like to send your support you can do so via twitter at @GennaBain, or donate at https://uk.gofundme.com/TotalBiscuit. David Sievers is also open to any streamers who would like to use his campaign to raise funds for John’s family, you can contact him on twitter at @dnsievers.
TotalBiscuit was a huge inspiration to a whole generation of game journalist, showing us that with determination and hard work you can make your dreams come true. Even though his time has come to an end, his legacy will live on. Our love goes to his family and friends who shall never forget him, as never shall we.