In some incredibly sad news, it has been announced that Geoff 'iNcontroL' Robinson, one of the most popular figures in the StarCraft community and a person frequently described as one of the main pillars of the community, has passed away from sudden illness at the age of 33.
With immense grief, we announce Geoff’s unexpected passing due to sudden illness Saturday. We ask privacy as his family works to understand what happened and make arrangements. To honor Geoff or offer comfort to his family, we suggest donations to @SoCalBulldog, which he loved.— Geoff Robinson (@iNcontroLTV) July 22, 2019
Anyone who has followed the StarCraft: Brood War or StarCraft II scene will know Geoff well. He was not only a professional Brood War and SC2 player, but also an absolutely massive member of the community. He was one of the co-hosts of the popular SC2 podcast State of the Game, one of the main hosts of the current StarCraft podcast The Pylon Show, a beloved caster, a renowned DnDer (he was involved in Roll Play for years, which helped popularize DnD on Twitch, and he continued to be involved in many campaigns after no longer being on Roll Play), and a top level tabletop Warhammer player. He was also among the earliest streamers on Twitch (Geoff's face is the TheThing global Twitch emote) and helped popularize the platform. Above all though, Geoff was most well known for being a genuinely amazing human being who could make anybody laugh (he once cracked a joke that made Day9 laugh so hard he literally fell out of his chair) and was incredibly friendly to everyone from other community figures to random fans who would come up to him at events.
For me personally, this news hurts. A lot. I've followed StarCraft since 2010 and Geoff was the first person outside of Day9 that I started following closely. I've watched Geoff's stream for years, even after quitting SC2, and I've interacted with him several times. Geoff was a part of my everyday life much like Giant Bomb is. I watched his SC2 stream this past Friday and The Pylon Show on Wednesday. I still haven't fully processed this news. The GB community will understand what the StarCraft community is currently going through. Geoff was our Ryan Davis. He was a central figure in the community that had a positive energy that drew people in, and was loved by everyone.
RIP Geoff. I'll miss you buddy. Thanks for the years of entertainment and for everything you've done.