Who is Sodapoppin?

Born under the air sign of Aquarius on 15 February, 1994, in Austin, Texas, Thomas Jefferson “Sodapoppin” Morris IV. is a 25-year-old American Twitch streamer, gamer, internet personality and online gambler. He rose to prominence as more and more people began streaming the hit massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft (WoW). His Twitch page is one of the most popular on the platform, with more than 275 million views. In 2014 and 2015, he was mainly focused on online gambling, with several videos of him losing thousands of dollars becoming viral. Fans love Sodapoppin because of his humor, but also because of his somewhat controversial behavior, which has lead to him being banned from Twitch on several occasions.

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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Texas

Morris was raised in his birthplace by parents of still unknown names and professions. He has seven siblings, one of whom is famous streamer and rapper Dkane (real name Dustin Morris). Some of his siblings are adopted, but he hasn’t disclosed their identities yet. When it comes to his earliest interests, there isn’t much information across any authoritative sources that could clarify specifics about this part of his life, though he is believed to have harbored a passion for gaming and the Warcraft franchise. He bought his first gaming computer at the age of 14, from money he made from mowing his neighbors’ lawns. As for his education, he first attended an unspecified local high school in his birthplace, from where he matriculated in 2012.

He briefly attended the University of Texas, Austin, but dropped out after one semester to commit to his streaming career. Afterwards, he moved to Michigan to live on his own, and become a professional gamer.

The Nascent Phase of His Career: Xfire, Amnesia and YouTube

The start of Sodapoppin’s career can be traced back to 2009, when he was streaming World of Warcraft on Xfire multiple times per week. He amassed a significant following on this platform, and even played the horror game Amnesia in an attempt to diversify his audience. In 2011, he migrated to Twitch, and from that point on began streaming nothing but World of Warcraft, which endeared him to the game’s multi-million-sized audience. However, this has changed in recent years, due to his massive popularity.  In 2012 he created a YouTube channel on which he would post highlights from his streaming sessions, with a focus on funny clips.

Around this time, he became known for his love of profanity, and fans jokingly started saying that he is ‘physically unable to not drop F bombs for more than 10 seconds’. This also had some repercussions on his career, as he was banned from Twitch for insulting other gamers, and even the staff of the platform. 2013 was a successful year for him, as he started earning more due to Twitch donations. One viewer, under the name ‘Amahai’, donated $50,000 during one of his streaming sessions. Funnily, he never found out who this generous person really is.

A Streaming Superstar (and a Gambler)

2014 and 2015 were experimental years for Sodapoppin, as he became bored with playing games all day. To make things more interesting for his fans, he streamed himself playing the game of blackjack in online casinos, but instead of playing wisely and to actually win money, he treated gambling as a joke, and even prompted his fans to suggest how much he would bet.

In May 2015 he uploaded a video to YouTube entitled “$5000 BET (real money) online gambling – Did he win”. In the clip, he recklessly bets $5000 on one hand and loses everything. Even though he stated multiple times that he can afford to spend that much, various people have criticized him for sending a bad message to children. Since then he has focused mostly on World of Warcraft and online competitions. In October 2017, he managed to reach the Top-16 phase of the H1Z1 Invitational tournament, after eliminating one of the best players today, Dr. DisRespect.

Why Does He Get Banned So Often?

At the beginning of his career, Sodapoppin quickly realized that controversy sells. To increase his popularity, he started doing things like streaming explicit videos, insulting and sexually harassing Twitch staff, and engaging in illegal activity while on camera.

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This actually turned him into a superstar, giving him the honor of having the sixth most watched channel on the entire platform. Some have called for Sodapoppin to be banned immediately and arrested, but he hasn’t faced any legal repercussions for his actions as of mid-2019.

Entrepreneurship

In addition to his streaming prowess, Sodapoppin is also an active entrepreneur. He was one of the founders and co-owners of Northern Gaming (NG), an eSports collective, laying the foundation for this project in May 2016. The group eventually became so renowned that Sodapoppin just couldn’t reject a purchase offer from NRG Esports, but still retained a stake in the venture. Riding on the wave of his fame, Morris also developed an online store, named “Teepublic”, which e uses it to sell official merchandise to people of all ages, with an emphasis on T-shirts.

Personal Life: Does Sodapoppin Have a Girlfriend?

Sodapoppin was in a multi-year relationship with famous gamer and streamer LegendaryLea (real name Lea May), but apparently the couple have since broken up. However, there is a slight possibility that they’re still together, as their constant break-ups are a thing of legend in the gaming community. In 2017, rumors began swirling about his potential relationship to porn actress-turned-sports pundit, Mia Khalifa, which he neither denied nor confirmed. As of 2019, he is most likely single and focused on his career.

Net Worth: How Rich is Sodapoppin?

Have you ever wondered how affluent Sodapoppin really is? According to several reputable sources, he has a net worth of approximately $3 million, as of mid-2019, his wealth coming from a variety of sources, but the bulk of his income is from Twitch subscriptions and donations. He also actively sells merchandise on “Teepublic”, with an active ownership stake in “NRG ESports”. If he continues making such wise business moves, we might see him earn even more money in the near future.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Sodapoppin?

Sodapoppin is 5ft 7in (170cm) tall. His weight and other measurements are currently unknown.

Online Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media and content creation platforms have on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. Sodapoppin himself is no stranger to this popular trend, as his dedication to posting updates on his public profiles and engaging with his fans is at an all-time high. As a dedicated streamer, he owes his entire wealth to his online popularity. He has accounts on both Instagram and Twitter, with 55,000 and 470,000 followers respectively. However, his bread and butter are Twitch and YouTube. On Twitch, he has 2.5 million subscribers, and close to 300 million views. YouTube has also contributed to his superstardom, with a million followers and 356 million views. Lest we forget – he also runs an Instagram account for his three dogs – Buddy, Kevin and Finn.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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