Who is Summit1g?

Born under the earth sign of Taurus on 23 April 1987, in Orange County, California USA, Jaryd Russel “Summit1g” Lazar is a 32-year-old American streamer, YouTuber, social media personality and former professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) player. He achieved notoriety by being a stand-out player for eSports teams A51 and Team Mythic. To pass time after coming back from his day job, Jaryd started streaming CS:GO and WarZ in 2012. He soon switched to full-time gaming and quickly amassed a massive online following due to his skills and charisma. To remain relevant, he recently added Grand Theft Auto 5, Overwatch, Fortnite and Sea of Thieves, amongst other games, to his streaming sessions. This endeared him to a wider audience, making him one of the top followed and most-watched streamers on Twitch.

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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in California

Summit1g was raised in his birthplace by parents of still unknown names and professions, although  on one occasion he mentioned that he has Hungairan roots. He has one younger brother. 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. By his own account, he played video games every day after school, perfecting his craft. His favorites were Counter Strike 1.6 and Far Cry 1. As for his education, he attended an unspecified local high school in his birthplace, from where he matriculated in 2005. There is no information pertaining to whether he ever decided to prolong his studies by enrolling into college in pursuit of a degree, and thus he is generally believed not to possess an education further than high school.

Career Beginnings: From Call Representative to Professional Gamer

In 2012, Lazar worked as a call representative at the Time Warner Cable Company. He hated his job, and had to find ways to pass the time during his shift. One day he came across Twitch, a popular platform on which gamers stream themselves playing in real time. He knew he had skills so he figured – ‘why not?’ From that point onwards, he streamed every day after getting home from work. Even then, he was known for his extreme durability, as he was able to stream ten or more hours apparently without even stopping for a bathroom break. Combined with his skills and sense of humor, this was the perfect formula for attracting more followers. In a matter of weeks, 20,000+ people were subscribed to his channel. As Twitch allows viewers to donate any amount of money to streamers, Summit1g started gaining revenue from simply doing what he loved – playing games. Soon afterwards, he quit his job at the Time Warner and vowed to become a professional gamer.

Professional Gaming Career

His game of choice in 2012 was CS:GO, and he cleverly used it as a marketing tool, just as it was at the pinnacle of its popularity. How did he do this? Well, he constantly socialized with other streamers, and even competed against them, wich was an excellent way to showcase his skills. Gaming organizations and tournament organizers noticed his talents and his popularity grew. His first tournament appearances were through invites, as he wasn’t a member of any eSports team, then in 2012 he officially joined Exertus Sports, one of the best collectives in the industry. Just a year later, he was ranked 7th in the North American ESports Entertainment Association (ESEA) Invite Season 15 – it was reported that his earnings in 2013 totalled $3000 from awards, and $29,000 from his sponsor, the computer hardware brand Alienware.

In 2015, he participated in several tournaments as a member of team Torqued, then in the following two years he changed teams regularly, and achieved great success in many eSports competitions. However, the strain of constant traveling and training bored him, so he decided to retire in 2017. From that point onwards, he’s focused on casual streaming and posting videos on YouTube.

Streaming Style

Summit1g is best known for his marathon streams, sometimes even lasting for over ten hours. He attributes this habit to his early gaming days, where he wouldn’t leave his room after returning home from school. Fans have also praised him for his ability to be calm and collected, while commenting on what’s going on in the game.

Sponsorships

As a famous streamer, he is represented by several brands. His most notable sponsors are Audio-Technica, a company which specializes in audio equipment and Monster Energy, one of the most recognized energy drinks in the entire world. Recently, he’s also signed contracts with CyberPowerPC and Corsair Components. The amount of money or equipment he gets from sponsors hasn’t been disclosed – fans have asked Summit1g about this on several occasions, but he’s provided no answers to their inquiries.

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The Jake Paul Scandal

Fans of Summit1g were disappointed upon his announcement of a joint streaming session with controversial and somewhat-hated YouTuber and vlogger Jake Paul. This occurred in 2018, and many of his viewers threatened to unsubscribe and stop donating if he were to proceed with his plans to play with Jake. Regardless of these threats, the two played Fortnite together for a couple of hours and chatted on a variety of topics. During the streaming session, fans bombarded the comment section with claims that Jake is racist. Since then, Summit1g has mentioned this controversial situation several times, repeatedly stating that he doesn’t wish to apologise for ‘simply playing a game or two with Jake’.

Personal Life: Is Summit1g Married? Does He Have a Girlfriend?

Summit1g was married to his high-school sweetheart Desirae, oftentimes streaming together and having fun in front of thousands of viewers. They divorced in 2016, but remain best friends, in fact so close that she is his current manager. As for his current romantic endeavors, he is in a relationship with fellow streamer and social media personality Lilchiipmunk (real name Caroline), and the two hold regular streaming sessions together. Summit1g currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his younger brother. He is an active supporter of Gamers Outreach, a charity which provides fun and therapy via video games in children’s hospitals.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Summit1g?

Summit1g is 5ft 6in (168cm) tall. His weight and other measurements are unknown.

Net Worth: How Rich is Summit1g?

Have you ever wondered how affluent Summit1g is? According to several credible sources, he has a net worth of approximately $1.5 million, as of August 2019, accumulated by playing CS:GO competitively, often ranking high in national and international tournaments. Nowadays, most of his revenue comes from Twitch donations, but also sponsorship contracts with various brands. If he continues to stream and win over the hearts of fans, we just might see his net worth rise in the near future.

Online Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media and content sharing platforms have  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. Summit1g 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. He has both Twitter and Instagram accounts, with 25,000 and 850,000 followers, respectively. However, his bread and butter is Twitch, on which he’s amassed almost three million followers. On YouTube, he also has a substantial fandom, with 600,000 subscribers. He mostly uses it to post stream highlights and funny moments in general.

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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