Last but not least, Low Tier God’s biggest fan, Carlitos “Sage” Datuin. If not working on esports articles, Sage could be found working as a videographer on our Content Creation committee and a photographer at our events. His love for esports and the people behind it led him to form a Fighting Game Community at Rutgers back in late 2017 where he organized and TO’d multiple fighting game tournaments. Providing a home to the grassroots community of fighting games while producing video content was just another day for Sage the peel-eating Gemini.
Sage’s lax attitude and friendly face was always a welcome one to see at club Friday nights. Whether it be playing Lil B or attempting to do the Suzie Q, Sage would always try to get the esports community involved by offering anyone to participate in his childish antics. Though he may have not been the best player at fighting games (his arcade stick would say otherwise), he was motivated to organize the fighting game tournaments and was always running around chatting with both spectators and players to make them feel inclusive and not just another event goer simply there to go home 0-2.
Of course, if not for Sage, some of our videos may have lacked the luster that showed the narrative of our events to our attendees. His creative ideas were always refreshing to hear within our Content Committee, even if they contained a hint of bananas. Since 2016, Sage has been a part of our board, supplying valuable input and the Instagram influencer-level photography of our community.
Graduating with a B.S. in Information Technology and Informatics and a minor in English, Sage intends to continue working as a journalist for Akshon Esports and Players Lobby where he is currently covering the 2019 LCS Summer Split and Overwatch League and hopes to cover the League of Legends Worlds this year. Thank you for creating the Fighting Game Community Club for Fighting Games—stay fresh Sage.
Who is Carlitos Sage Datuin?
My name is Sage Datuin and I am currently an esports journalist for various esports publications. My zodiac sign is a gemini and I eat fruit peels for fun.
I am Sage the Gemini eating fruit peels essentially.
What was your first gaming experience and how did it impact you?
I remember taking turns with my sister on who would play on the Gamecube. At the time we only had one controller so we would take turns. We would fight over who had the controller and she would win. I remember crying a lot during video games. I had happier memories when I came to Rutgers Esports 😀
What drew you to explore Fighting Games as an esport? What other games do you enjoy?
I enjoyed being a part of a community that was laid back. I also enjoyed the diversity of the community and the different types of people I would interact with.
Outside of fighting games, I enjoy watching any esport in all honesty. My favorite aspect about everything was competition so if people are competing for something, I will always find interest in it.
Your journey to Rutgers Esports; how did you find out about it, and what led you to be a part of it?
I was beginning to write for various esports outlets and companies as a volunteer writer because I became interested in being a part of the community. It did not matter how much I was making, I did not care what people would think. All I knew was that I was hooked on esports and could not stop watching VODs of games and learning all about the history of various esports.
I was on Facebook one day and saw a group called Scarlet Smash was looking for eboard members and applied because I wanted more ways to compound on this passion. I talked to the president Sam Jacobs about my aspirations with esports and he added me to the Rutgers Esports Facebook group chat.
What have you accomplished in your time with the organization?
I developed a community for Rutgers Fighting Games at our competitive tournaments and helped develop a good basis of honest values and chill vibes in our room. I made everybody feel inclusive to the community and never judged anyone that would come into the room.
For Scarlet Classic IV, I was able to bring in big Fighting Game names like Lordknight, KDZ, RogueYoshi, Grover and various top level Dragon Ball Fighterz players.
What are your plans for the future?
Throughout my years in college, my role in esports has grown and I was working as a part-time journalist for companies like Team Dignitas, Akshon Esports and Inven Global. I currently am covering the 2019 LCS Summer Split and Overwatch League as a journalist for Akshon Esports and Players Lobby and have hopes to cover the 2019 LoL World Championships in Europe.
I want to continue to grow as a journalist/reporter in esports and become one of the most renowned interviewers in the esports industry.
Fun fact/one thing that people don’t really know about you?
Before I was putting my focus into esports I was heavily into music. I started out college planning to go to Rutgers as a Music Major with a specialization in Classical Guitar and maybe turn that into a job as a music teacher.