Daniel ‘mavrick’ Lang is a stalwart figure of the Oceanic esports scene and he’s rallying the CS:GO community to support vital cancer research.
What’s the first game you ever remember playing?
Prince of Persia on the Apple II. My father had an Apple Mac growing up so that was actually my first introduction to gaming, on a mac 😅 Otherwise the first game I actually owned was Alex the Kidd in Miracle World on the Sega Master System 2.
What is your favourite game currently?
Since the pandemic I’ve spent a bit of time playing Satisfactory on PC, I’ve spent lots of time building out a couple of factories with some friends. Otherwise Diablo 3 is second pick.
What’s been one of your biggest or most exciting achievements streaming?
That’s a great question. I think my biggest was buying my first house with my wife at the age of 30 but most exciting has been the events that I run for the LAN scene up here in QLD. It’s mostly CSGO events these days but I love each event and bringing everyone together from the community.
Who in the video game industry (or which game character) inspires you?
I’d have to say John Carmack is a big inspiration to me, as a computer programmer myself it was because of him and his passion for programming and gaming that I pursued a career as a programmer. I fell in love with the fact that I could write software to make a computer do whatever I wanted and that was fascinating to write code and solve complex problems. Also Quake was a crowd favourite game back then along with Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft. (so Blizzard comes in as a hot second)
What are your other hobbies?
Ha, can I say programming and running events? I don’t do anything else. I love what I do and apply methodologies from both industries that makes it a lot of fun.
Why is supporting cancer research important to you?
Cancer really hits close to home for myself and my family. We lost my aunty over 20 years ago now to breast cancer and my mother had to go through breast cancer twice and then almost a 3rd time but the doctors had caught it so early that she is still with us today thanks to the amazing research and development that we have in cancer research!
I distinctly remember the second time she had to go through the treatment, she was like “wow, that wasn’t so bad (respectfully)” It had been 10 years since her first treatment, so going into it she was very scared because of what she had been through previously (we all were). It was probably the first time I actually saw her smile during her treatment and that can only be attributed to how awesome the technology is today thanks to Cancer Research and people like you guys raising awareness and funds for it.
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