Tdawgsmitty, Top Warzone Content Creator, Rising Tournament Player
Tyler “Tdawgsmitty” Smith is a top Warzone content creator who found success in the eSports industry by streaming live broadcasts of video games. The pro Call of Duty player competed in multiple Warzone tournaments and was in two pro teams, Toronto Ultra and the Boston Breach. Tdawgsmitty is also an official Twitch partner, the video game streaming platform where he first made a name for himself. He also gained an impressive following on other social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram, where he currently boasts 400K and 30K followers, respectively.
Tdawgsmitty has loved video games since childhood. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun about his new career path, the content creator pinpoints the exact moment he fell in love with video games. It started with a Nintendo 64, a home video game console released in 1996, gifted to him by his uncle. After playing his first game of the classic first-person shooter, Goldeneye 007, everything changed. “I knew I wanted to continue gaming and get better at it, but it was also a fun thing,” he shared in the interview. However, that passion wouldn’t turn into profit until much later, during the pandemic, to be precise.
With the world in lockdown, many sports fans didn’t have much to do for entertainment and fun. Consequently, most of them turned to eSports to connect and flocked to video streaming platforms like Twitch as an outlet for their competitive spirit. An estimated 6.9M unique streamers joined the platform each month, according to statistics from twitchtracker.com, and fans watched 93 billion minutes per month on average. Tdawgsmitty was one of the streamers who leveraged the platform’s growing popularity to acquire a loyal following.
As a relatively older gamer, Tdawgsmitty knew he had to approach his gaming differently to attract a good following. He chose Call of Duty, a first-person-shooter game that appeals to an older segment of gamers like him. However, that alone wouldn’t give him an edge in this fast-growing market. He says he spent many late nights, spent less time with friends and family, and analyzed the industry every chance he got. The efforts paid off, and his views grew. Since then, he’s gone from 40 to 50 viewers on streams and 500 subscribers to hundreds of thousands of views and over 54K subscribers on Twitch. Tdawgsmitty is a Warzone sensation, and things are looking up for him.
His recent move to Boston Breach was hailed as a win for the young Call of Duty League organization as it seeks to make its mark in gaming. Tdawgsmitty is part of a new “big-time firepower” team joining Boston Breach’s content team as the organization prepares for its second season. His gameplay skills and strategies are hoped to give the team an edge, helping it compete favorably against established teams and organizations.
Can everyone make a career in gaming? Tdawgsmitty believes the world has come a long way in recent years, and most things, including creating a full-time career in gaming, are possible. However, he’s quick to point out there’s more to it than sitting in front of a computer chatting with friends. He says you have to work hard and maintain positivity and consistency. “If you want to do something, and it is your dream, work hard and never give up,” he concludes.