Tactical shooter caster James Banks has announced on Twitter that his wife has passed away while the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Valorant caster is attending PGL Major Stockholm 2021. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed, but Banks has announced his intention to remain at the major despite the news.
On October 27, Banks took to Twitter to announce that he had received news of his wife’s passing. The Valorant and CSGO personality is well known in the community for being one of the premier broadcast talents across the tactical shooter scene. Featuring heavily on some recent Valorant broadcasts, Banks made his name in the CSGO space.
Friends, colleagues, and fans from across the esports scene are reacting to the news, giving their condolences to Banks and expressing their shock at the sudden passing. Banks has spoken openly this year about the mental health struggles he’d been undergoing, citing prolonged distance from family as a key factor in his difficulties during this last year. This development comes after an evidently trying year for Banks, but the broadcaster is doing his utmost to power through.
Banks announced that he will be remaining as a part of the PGL broadcast heading into November, explaining that it’s what his wife would have wanted him to do. Opting to keep himself engrossed in his work, Bank’s decision has been met by fan support. To continue to participate in the broadcast after an unexpected family tragedy is not an easy decision, and Banks choosing to finish the work he’d begun speaks volumes on his commitment to the game he’s helped in stewarding.
The PGL broadcast will continue into November for the Stockholm major with Banks at the front.