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Former pro player, coach INTERNETHULK passes away at 30

The Overwatch community is devastated by the loss of a coach, player, and friend

Former professional Overwatch player and Team Liquid Overwatch and League of Legends coach, Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka has passed away at the age of 30.

Hawelka’s Overwatch career started with his founding of the professional team IDDQD. Hawelka’s keen eye for Overwatch talent was already on display with that team when he discovered some of today’s best players during the game’s infancy. Players like Timo “Taimou” Kettunen, Chrisian “Cocco” Jonsson, Jonathan “HarryHook” Tejedor Rua and Sebastian “chipshajen” Widlund, all spent time on the team and would later make up the core of Team EnvyUs, who would later become the Dallas Fuel, one of the Overwatch League’s most talented and successful teams.

Following his time as a player with EnvyUs, which ended in in April of 2017, Hawelka transitioned to coaching eventually ending up with a permanent position as the head coach for Team Liquid. When the team’s roster disbanded just a few months later, the organization was so pleased with Hawelka’s performance and attitude as a coach that they hired him to join the coaching staff of their League of Legends team for the upcoming 2018 season.

Team Liquid’s owners, Victor Goossen and Steve Arhancet released a statement, via twitter, on behalf of the team mourning the loss of their friend and teammate.

Shortly after the announcement of his passing, many members of the Overwatch community took to social media to share memories of Hawelka and the impact he had on both the game and their lives.

Hawelka was an integral part of the earliest developments of Overwatch’s professional scene both in game and in the lives of the people he interacted with. He will be deeply missed by all within the community.