interviews • Dec 13, 2018
Interview with TSM Chica
For today's interview we've managed to get a hold of Chica, one of TSM's more recent Fortnite members, to answer a few questions about herself and her origins as a streamer. For those who don't know her, Chica has been a streamer in the console FPS community for a few years, mostly playing Rainbow Six and Call of Duty before making the switch to Fortnite (which she plays on PC) last year. She’s made several appearances in events like Friday Fortnite and the Summer/Fall Skirmish.
It looks like you’re naturally talented at playing video games from watching your YouTube videos and livestreams. What are some of your earliest memories with video games?
My childhood memories of gaming were just me sitting on the floor in front of the TV and watching my older sisters play Nintendo games like Goldeneye. I wanted to play so badly but they wouldn’t let me; so I would just watch them play. Eventually my mother bought me a gameboy to keep me occupied and I never put it down.
You have been playing Fortnite since Season 1 and are what most would consider an OG. What was it that first attracted you to the game?
The fact that Fortnite was coming to console is mainly why I was excited to try it. I was really interested in trying a battle royale but being a console player at the time, my options were limited.
You have played every single Season of Fortnite Battle Royale since it came out. Could you tell us a little bit about how you feel the game has changed and what keeps you coming back?
For me, Fortnite has just become so much more interesting since the early seasons. With added mobility, poi, weapons, skins, playground etc., you really can’t be bored for too long. The frequent updates are great but ultimately the fundamentals of the game that haven’t changed, like building, are what’s kept my interest long term.
We know that you consider your YouTube channel to be one of your biggest accomplishments. What made you decide to start making videos for YouTube in the first place?
I first started making YouTube videos because I wanted to have a collection of content available for the times when I wasn’t live streaming.
Looking through your YouTube channel, you seem to favor shooting games like Call of Duty and Fortnite. Do you like playing games from any other genre? If so, which would you say are some of your favorites?
Other than shooter games, I enjoy survival horror, sports and racing games. Ultimately I’m open to trying games from any genre if they pique my interest.
Is there a YouTube video (or multiple) you’ve made for your channel that you’re particularly proud of?
The video that I am most proud of on my channel has to be “Daequan joins and kid loses his mind.” I actually got matched up with a huge Daequan fan so I decided to invite Dae to join the party so his fan could play a match with him. Being the gentleman he is, Dae obliged and it really made his fans day. Bringing them together and being part of that moment was fulfilling for me.
Early in 2018, you played a game with MrBeast, a YouTuber famous for pulling off extremely expensive stunts in videos. Later, he donated a series of jaw-dropping donations, totaling about $5,738. Could you describe how this moment felt and what it meant to you?
When Mr.Beast donated to me, I was just really blown away. I felt like I finally got what I deserved for carrying him so hard in Fortnite.
Jokes aside, it meant a lot to me. I really have a lot of respect for him. Something I think we have in common is just finding happiness through helping others.
The most-viewed video on your YouTube from almost a year ago is you playing with a 5 Year Old Fortnite Bully and it has over a million views. This is also around the time you started uploading Fortnite videos consistently. Was that one video’s success a part of your motivation to start uploading more regularly and building your audience to where it is now? If not, what prompted that decision?
With the success of “the 5 year old Fortnite bully” I started to notice people coming to my Twitch stream from YouTube. I realized that through sharing my experiences on other platforms I was finding a new audience. The positive feedback was also really motivating for me to continue uploading.
Although you play Fortnite with a keyboard and mouse now, we know you began playing on console with a controller. How long were you playing on controller? And what made you decide to switch to keyboard and mouse?
I’ve been playing console games using a controller since I was really young. I decided to switch to mouse and keyboard about mid way through Fortnite because I needed to challenge myself to keep things interesting. I also felt a bit restricted with a controller in terms of my personal skill ceiling.
The switch from controller to keyboard and mouse can be difficult for a lot of people. How long did it take you to get good with a keyboard and mouse? Were there any things that helped you improve after making the change? Any tips for somebody in a similar position?
When I switched over to PC, it took me a few weeks to get used to it. I asked for a lot of tips from fellow streamers about keybinds and sensitivity but ended up going with what felt right for me. If you are currently thinking about making the switch, my advice is to be patient. It really just comes down to how much you want it.
You recently announced you had signed to TSM, and rewatching the clip, you were clearly excited about this big step in your career. Could you tell us a little bit about what that moment meant to you?
My TSM announcement was a day I’ll never forget. My community knew I was joining a top organization for a long time but they didn’t know which. It was just great to finally give them an answer and share that excitement together.
What kind of an impact has joining TSM has on your streaming and gaming career?
The support has been amazing. So many TSM fans have come through and shown me support in my streams and social media since I joined. I’ve also had a lot of new business opportunities which is awesome! It’s nice to have that support so I can focus on creating content without extra stress.
As our interview comes to an end, are there any shoutouts or final remarks you would like to make?
Shout out to all of the people who support me. I’m super grateful for all of you and excited for the future.
Thank you so much to Chica for taking the time to answer these questions! You can follow her through any of these links on social media: