Quake champion and Own3d.tv co-founder Oleg Kogut has died

Oleg Kogut, the co-founder of own3D.tv died last night following his long battle with cancer.

Esports consultant and journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau revealed the news of Kogut’s death last night. Kogut began his career as a professional Quake 3 player under the name ‘d1ablo’, setting him down the esports path. As one of the only streaming platforms available back in August 2009, Kogut laid the groundwork for the future of streaming with the launch of own3D.tv, which housed many of Twitch’s biggest streamers.

Kogut’s platform launched around the same time as League of Legends, introducing some of the game’s most well-known players to streaming. Kogut’s impact on both the esports and streaming industry cannot be understated. Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodríguez Santiago, the founder of G2 Esports paid his respects on Twitter: “My career wouldn’t be what it is today without the amazing project Oleg helped put together in own3D, Thank you for everything, Oleg. I’ll be forever grateful.”

Though many people seem to forget about the early years of streaming, it took a long time for Twitch to establish itself as the giant it is today. The competition between own3D.tv and Justin.TV/Twitch lasted for a number of years, before own3D.tv chose to shut down the platform in January 2013.

Marcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham, head of creator development at Twitch tweeted: “RIP Oleg. If it wasn’t for Oleg, and own3d.tv, I’m not sure Twitch would be where it is today. Oleg and his team constantly challenged early Twitch in many ways. He was definitely a visionary and a big contributor to early streaming & esports”.