HotshotGG gained fame in the world of eSports when he was a pro-gamer with his own team, Counter Logic Gaming. For several years he participated in championships and tournaments, and then he stepped back, switching to managing responsibilities since the pressure of the community and the lifestyle of a pro-gamer was too high. Let’s find out what’s happened to HotshotGG now, what his net worth is, and more details about the uniqueness of his personality in the world of pro-gaming.
Early life, family, education
George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis was born on 23 June 1990 in London, Ontario Canada. He comes from a family of Greek descents, as one could notice from his surname and typical Greek facial features. His parents’ occupations are unavailable – only that his mother’s name is Helen – nor information about any siblings..
When he was young, he played soccer competitively, and other sports such as basketball, volleyball, or any kind of sports he was interested in or enjoyed over a certain period of time. He also tried to play everything he could get in video games, particularly “Street Fighter”, “Warcraft”, “Diablo” (and all other Blizzard games which were super popular in the days of his youth), and of course “League of Legends”.
After matriculating from high school, HotshotGG entered the RCC Institute of Technology (the Radio College of Canada) as he wanted to become a computer network engineer – he later called this aspiration pretty mediocre and marginal, and he ended up dropping out of the institute to pursue Counter Logic Gaming (CLG).
First steps in streaming and professional gaming
HotshotGG started his eSports career when he was 19 – apparently his parents were not very happy with his decision, still thinking that a traditional college or university education would give him a chance to live a stable life including a well-paid job; HotshotGG admitted that they never prevented him from playing professionally, just shared their concerns in a form of dialogue, but accepted their son’s point of view. HotshotGG felt more and more confident with his decision, since his stream was getting bigger, and thousands of people watched, subscribed and donated, so he show his parents that he could still earn money.
Being one of the bigger personalities when “League of Legends” was just released felt a blessing and a curse at the same time for HotshotGG. On one hand it gave him an opportunity to be a pioneer in “League of Legends” streaming, on the other he wasn’t ready for the flow of hatred he was now exposed to. People came to his stream on a daily basis saying they played much better than him, that he was doing it all wrong, had no skills, etc. This hurt, so HotshotGG had to do something with his emotions, and keep on doing his best in gaming. For some period of time he went through serious emotional collapses; he enjoyed reading, Medium, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, feeling all those social media platforms to be his safe zone, and when he wanted to read some news of the gaming community, he couldn’t face the negativity that was addressed to him personally – many haters wrote disrespectful and nasty comments about him, his skills and his gaming style.
Inevitable success of the stream
Since HotshotGG had massive experience in playing MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), he considered himself to be ten times better in playing “League of Legends” than any other player or streamer of those times. He had an extremely high win rate, and a lot of people came to his stream to see him playing. He chose the least popular game characters to play for, because it challenged him to discover hidden potential of the character, and of the game in general.
HotshotGG was the one who joined the professional gaming community when the world of eSports was still young. He’s often asked about his thoughts on the changes that the gaming community undergoes, but admits that it’s a tough question even though it all happened in front of his eyes. He supposes that even if one can be a member of the gaming community for a long time, it’s hard to see the changes going on, even if they are major, because the situation can be compared with a friendship: if you have a friend and you see him/her every day, you don’t notice the gradual changes; and only looking back and comparing the state and the order of things can give some perspective. He remembers himself playing at the stadium with 100 people watching the competition, and felt it to be the biggest thing ever, but the number of people grew massively, and in 2016 competition had to be re-located to Madison Square Garden to give the audience the opportunity to see the game live (MSG’s capacity is over 20,000 places).
Among HotshotGG’s personal achievements are first place at 2010 World Cyber Games Grand Finals, third place at 2011 World Cyber Games Grand Finals, and second place at MLG 2012 (Spring Championship).
Founding and managing “Counter Logic Gaming”
The main guiding star for HotshotGG was that when one plays the games competitively, one is playing not against the game, but against another opponent, and the way of eternal growth and development, with the skill ceiling and the level of competition going up and up, and it would never end.
He founded “Counter Logic Gaming” in 2010, and for now it’s the oldest existing team playing “League of Legends”. At first he was both managing the team and playing which was very difficult, so he retired from active gaming earlier that he would have liked, but necessary to be a more productive leader for the whole company. He once said his leadership qualities actually came after years of playing with his team – when he started playing in CLG, he wasn’t much of a leader, but he grew with them, learning to be more respectful of the people who surrounded him, and of his teammates. He also admits that it was the time when he learnt to keep pushing even if he was down, tired or even exhausted, even if he lost games or tournaments, he tried to keep on fighting.
HotshotGG thinks that eSports helped him to develop the skill of listening to other people; at first he wasn’t really good at listening, it wasn’t his forte, but growing with his team and play with them on a professional level taught him to listen and so understand people better. His confidence also improved, and he grew overall after years of playing and performing.
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Comforting the players in the team
The main idea HotshotGG always followed was that there was no need to change the roster, focusing on the members of the team who were already with them. CLG had a physical therapist, a trainer and a game analyst even back in the days when they had just started participating in tournaments. He worked hard to create a family atmosphere in the CLG community, supporting players and helping them to overcome emotional burnout. He understood the pressure all pro-gamers experienced while taking part in tournaments, so let every one express opinions on whatever question appeared. At first, it was great to have an instant discussion and the opportunity to solve any issue quickly, but that turned into endless night-long fights, and pressure grew as the team didn’t win a tournament for a long time. So even though HotshotGG was good in micromanagement, he couldn’t do all commercial work for the company, so he stepped back and let others lead the processes he couldn’t deal with.
Personal life, girlfriend LilyPichu
HotshotGG date internet personality LilyPichu for several years. They shared their interest for gaming (LilyPichu is a streamer too) and visited gaming contests and tournaments together. In May 2017 LilyPichu posted a photo in her Instagram with a caption saying she was single now, meaning a break-up from HotshotGG, though they admit that they are still good friends. LilyPichu is now dating Albert Chang, a musician, though a lot of people think their relationship is a fake and exists only for commercials of a dating app for Asian people called “EastMeetEast”. As for HotshotGG himself, there’s no information about any current relationship.
Appearance and personality
HotshotGG has black hair (which he once dyed blonde and was made the butt of jokes) and dark-brown eyes. His precise height and his weight are unavailable though one could see that he is a tall slender young man.
He is well known for his positive attitude to his fans, welcoming everyone who wants to take a picture with him or to get his autograph, accepting all interviews and trying hard to make everybody happy with the result.
CLG gets a seven-figure annual revenues, which helped HotshotGG to make the Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Game” though the precise number wasn’t revealed. His personal streaming channel on Twitch has more than 220,000 followers though the number of his subscribers is unavailable. In 2011 when HotshotGG was an active gamer he earned around $28,000 per month only from his stream. His net worth is authoritatively estimated at almost $3 million, but his current annual income is unknown.