The gaming world has produced many stars over the years, and Mike Lamond aka Huskystarcraft is just one of them. Known to the world as an e-sports commentator for StarCraft gaming competitions, Huskycraft, like most gamers, went to YouTube, where he won a large fan base.
In recent years, things seem to be very quiet at Huskystarcraft, forcing many to wonder what happened to their favorite StarCraft gamer. Before we start talking about his recent endeavors, let’s take a look at his life and how he achieved fame as a gamer.
Huskyscraft was born on May 4, 1987, as Michael D. Lamond in Bakersfield, California, and grew up in Nipomo, California. He has an older brother. At the age of 11 Husky moved with his family to Gresham, Oregon. During this time, Husky also discovered StarCraft, a real-time strategy game for PC and MAC, which is owned by Blizzard Entertainment.
Husky began playing the game on Blizzard’s online server, Battle.net, and it wasn’t long before Husky started collecting thousands of finished games. Soon he was drawn to e-sports and began watching the South Korean streaming service GOM TV. GOM TV was basically streaming the StarCraft gameplay of professional players.
While watching these pro players, Husky developed the idea of making StarCraft a rewarding spectator sport by providing engaging commentary. He launched a YouTube channel and began posting videos of himself on StarCraft: the Brood War pro competition. To his surprise, the channel gained massive traction, and Husky had a duty to keep up with his fans by posting up to 100 videos in 30 days.
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His fame skyrocketed in February 2010 when he began commenting on the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty games. As Huskyscraft’s fame grew, he joined forces with his playmate and commentator friend HD to create what they called the HDH Invitational. This was a StarCraft II tournament where 16 professional StarCraft II players were invited to compete for cash prizes.
To spice up his YouTube channel, Husky began producing parody videos of music artists such as Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, Rebecca Black, and others under the name Nerd Alert.
In July 2010, Husky and HD brought more game commentators on their team to launch another YouTube channel, The Game Station.
They designed the new channel along the lines of ESPN, but instead of one channel for a variety of sports, The Game Station focused on different game genres. Thanks to the popularity of Huskystarcraft on the video-sharing platform, Game Station was an instant success.
To focus more on the station, Huskycraft had to move to Los Angeles towards the end of 2010. Huskystarcraft became a sponsor of the new Axiom ESports gaming team along with its game commentator TotalBiscuit. Husky’s commitment to e-sports began to wane in 2015, as did the frequency with which he posted on his channel.
What happened to Huskystarcraft
Husky’s inactivity as an e-sports commentator has caused many to wonder what really went wrong with him. There are rumors that he lost his vocal cords. This rumor was undoubtedly due to Husky’s commentary style which caused him to drift away at the fast pace of the game and usually run out of breath at the high point of the game.
Others even went so far as to ask him if he was dead? Well, the world may not know the details of what Huskystarcraft does, but the truth is he’s very much alive.
After leaving E-Sports as a commentator, Husky continued tweeting about his favorite Starcraft game, telling his followers about the latest upgrades, and posting videos of himself.
Another thing Husky got involved with was the self-titled YouTube channel of girlfriend Rosanna Pansino, who is known for his show “Nerdy Nummies”. According to his Twitter biography, he is the channel’s manager/director/producer. Judging by the success of this channel, Mike Lamond is doing a great job. The channel has over 9.4 million subscribers and over 2.2 billion viewers.
Details of the relationship between Huskystarcraft and Rosanna Pansino are not readily available. However, we speculate that they began around 2012 when he appeared in their videos. In 2013 they bought a 3,386 square foot, two-story house in LA for $1.54 million.
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About three years later, in August 2016, they bought a luxury two-story property in the San Fernando Valley in Tarzana for nearly $4 million. The exact details of Huskystarcraft’s earnings may not be known, but he is certainly well paid for his management duties at Nerdy Nummies. How can we know that? Well, Rosanio takes home seven figures a year. Pro Forbes, she made $6 million in 2017.