Jackson Gray, head of the Sydney Gamers League, has passed away at the age of 20.
The iconic gamer helped organise and administer the Australian leg of the World Cyber Games over the last few years. Under his direction, the Sydney Gamers League was revived as one of the most enjoyable bring-your-own-computer LAN events in Australia and New Zealand.
Their last event, the LAN of Thrones, was held almost exactly a year ago at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Western Sydney. Over 500 seats were available for 28 hours of gaming that also hosted the Game Jam 48-hour developer challenge.
Friends and colleagues of Gray have begun posting tributes to the 20-year-old.
“Jackson Gray was the kind of friend everyone wishes they had, he would sacrifice his time and energy to help you out with the tiniest thing or the biggest problem in the world. He was the type of person to always have a smile on his face and be ready to help out his mates and even complete strangers with anything they needed,” Zee Kotwal, a presenter for video gaming show Save Point and a colleague with Gray at SGL, said.
Chris Hailes, a close friend and one of the driving forces behind SGL, posted on Facebook that Gray’s passing was “a huge loss to me personally”. “In the time I have known Jackson I’ve seen him go from strength to strength both professionally and personally. His contribution to eSports scene through the Sydney Gamers League over the past four years has been some of the largest events in Australia.
“His death will be felt by hundreds of people, he will be missed, my thoughts and prayers go to his family during this time.”
From the entire gaming community, eSports fans and casual gamers alike, we extend our condolences to Gray’s family and wish them the very best in what must be extraordinarily difficult circumstances.