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GamingI'm an early Twitch.tv employee and face of a popular gaming meme Kappa - possibly the most digitally reproduced face in the world. AMA!

Feb 16th 2017 by kappaIAMA • 14 Questions • 1121 Points

I am the face of Kappa, popular gaming meme from Twitch. AMA!

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-a-former-twitch-employee-has-one-of-the-most-reproduced-faces-ever/ Proof: https://twitter.com/lazythunk/status/831616023610609664

All right folks, that was fun. I hope I answered enough of your questions. I don't have any books or movies to promote, so just Kappa in the chat next you're on Twitch. :D

Q:

What do you eat in order to maintain your trademark chubby cheeks?

A:

All the carbs


Q:

do people recognize you as kappa since the lost of weight and hair change?

A:

Haha. I think you mean weight gain but, yeah, if I'm in the right crowd. You have to be looking for the Kappa.


Q:

do you smile the same way permanently now for pictures?

A:

Only when the mixture of milaise and sarcasm is just right แƒš(ยดฺก`แƒš)


Q:

What is your favorite video game of all time?

A:

Yikes. That's the toughest question so far. Maybe my top 3 based on hours played would be: Chrono Trigger, Nethack, and Fallout NV.


Q:

You're face very well may be scrolling through the twitch-chat logs more often than George Washington's face through the U.S. Mint. On that note, how would you feel if your face was on a 47-cent bill?

A:

That I'd be on a really inconvenient unit of currency. ๐Ÿ˜…


Q:
  1. How did the emote end up being called Kappa.

  2. I follow you on twitter and github, are you working/planning anything in the near future ?

  3. Do you get recognized often in public or twitch-con if you participate?

A:
  1. How did the emote end up being called Kappa.

I worked on the Justin.tv chat (which then became Twitch.tv) and I added my face as an easter egg. I used Kappa) because I'm interested in Japanese stuff, thought it was a cool word etc, and also because it was short (all the other emotes at that time had crazy long names: RedCoatBill etc) & I thought it wouldn't be typed often. Boy was I wrong.


Q:

which of the basic twitch chat emotes are your favorite?

what about BTTV?

A:

Tough call. Maybe FrankerZ, PogChamp, or Kreygasm. I'm usually using my phone to catch random streams so I'm not a huge BTTV user.


Q:

How old were you when you did the original Kappa picture?

Why did this picture got taken?

Do you have royalties on the Kappa emote?

A:

About 23 I think. Was my employee photo, hence the awkward smirk.


Q:

Are you friends with any of the other people that have their faces as emotes?

A:

Absolutely. Most of the global emotes are long time Twitch streamers or employees I know.


Q:

What do you do at Twitch?

A:

Programming. Worked on various site features.


Q:

Do you own the Kappa username on twitch?

A:

Maybe I should but, I'm lazythunk on twitch


Q:

What's your favorite fraternity?

A:

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Q:

I'm going to be one person that doesn't ask about your face; What are your favorite games to watch and what are your favorite streamers?

A:

I usually check for any interesting VR streams then default to Overwatch since that's what I'm playing whenever I have some free time.


Q:

Should I invest in the British Pound? How do you think it will fare over time due to brexit? Should I invest in a Roth IRA or a regular IRA.

A:

I mean cmon' Roth and put the rest into a low cost meme index fund.