Fortnite player dies during TwitchCon
A young Swede taking part in the TwitchCon eSports gathering in San Jose California passed away last week after the last day of competition. The 21-year-old player, who goes by the name of "Bogdan," was a known Fortnite player and was in town for the Fall Skirmish finals. He died during the night from October 28 to October 29 and the cause of death has not yet been released.
Bogdan had teamed up with Dominik "RazZzero0o" Beckman, a member of the G2 eSports team, for the Fall Skirmish competition. They took 18th place in the event and giving the team $10,000. Following the event, they retired to their hotel room, with plans to enjoy the following day with some sightseeing around town.
When Beckman woke up the following morning, he attempted to nudge his roommate and discovered that he had passed away. When the announcement was made to the community, many came out in support of the player for being a kind and funny individual. They are now leading a petition for Epic Games, who organized the event, to include a "Back to Lobby" emote permanently to the games. The phrase is one that was reportedly used often by Bogdan after eliminating an opponent.
Stress and anxiety are considered risks of any competition, but they have been seen quite often at eSports activities. The European gamers were on their first trip to the U.S. and needed to finish in the top 50 in order to be able to afford the tickets to return home, which only added to the pressure. Last week, Lex Veldhuis, a poker pro and Twitch streamer, passed out at TwitchCon, as well. That episode was reportedly caused by stress, a hectic schedule and a possible heart condition.