Alumni '18-'19E-Board

Senior Farewell: Kyle Elbaum

Our very own club cosplayer, we have Kyle “GHAngeloid” Elbaum. Kyle has served not only as the president of Rhythm Games Club (RGC), but also as a vital member of the Sys Tech committee, contributing his efforts towards his very own Discord bot “Haruna” along with ensuring the streams at our events were constantly running as smoothly as possible.

The man running the show, Kyle put the stream on everyone’s screen. If he wasn’t managing the feed, he resided in RGC, where he laid down the very foundations in his club for future leaders to build upon in hopes of it becoming something even better then he left it. His choice of crossdre—cosplay always brought a smile wherever he wore it and often left others jealous of his elegance. Kyle’s talents in Rhythm Games such as Osu and Guitar Hero were also unmatched throughout Rutgers Esports, setting the bar high for any future RGC members. If it weren’t for the tireless hard work and effort for Kyle, the success of our event streams would have never seen the light of day!

Aside from his roles as a club leader and stream manager, Kyle above all, was a friend. Specifically, if you needed help with anything related to computer science, he was the one you would go to (thank you Kyle!).  Kyle was always actively listening and willing to help all in need of answers no matter how occupied he was with his own projects. His passion and intelligence brought inspiration to our Sys Tech team, leading the Scarlet Classic V to be our most successful event thus far and resulted in the birth of the newly formed Media Production committee to give even more attention to our streams. 

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Kyle plans to continue both his work as a software developer and a Twitch streamer with a possibility of pursuing esports-related ventures in the future. Thank you Kyle; we wouldn’t be who we are now without you, and so, we wish all the best for you and wherever your passions may lead you!

Rhythm Games is an underground genre where it consists of movements to the rhythm of a song....There are many games out there that use a similar dynamic of intense hand-eye coordination and I want that presence to grow higher.

Kyle Elbaum
Rhythm Games Club President

I also liked having influence in several decisions I’ve made that benefit the gaming community at Rutgers. I want Rutgers to be at the top to rival schools in the West Coast.

Kyle Elbaum
East Coast Fan

Scarlet Classic V. This event was insane. The amount of man-hours people used to get this event up and running should be taken seriously. I respect everyone that put the time and effort to make the event a success.

Kyle Elbaum
Stream Manager

 

When did you get involved with our community?

I got involved with Rutgers Esports back in 2017 when I heard from several officers that they want to have a Chat Bot for Discord. I wanted to make a personal project so that I have something on my resume to start my career. I took the opportunity in creating “Haruna”, a Discord Chat Bot designed to have text commands for role assignments, an extended audit log, a dynamic LIVE role for people that link their Twitch account, and game metadata commands for Osu!. A few months later over the summer, I became an officer for Rutgers Esports.

 

What degree are you graduating with?

I am graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

What did you do in your time with us?

From the previous question, I programmed a chatbot that was frequently used on the official Discord server for two years. I was placed as an officer for Systems & Technology and Partnership at the time. I also made some changes with one version of the official website before the complete overhaul to the new theme and layout. I found my passion with working on Twitch livestreams as someone who is experienced with it first-hand. After a few months, I dropped Partnership because I wanted to continue improving the stream quality for many events. On my last year, I became the Stream Manager for Rutgers Esports. I was a director for all of the org’s broadcasts and kept in contact with Partnership, Content, and Competitive to keep the streams going. I recruited a team of people that I trained for the future to handle these kinds of livestreams because I think it is important to have multiple people running the show.

What drew you to Osu! as an esport? What other games do you enjoy?

I initially thought of Osu! as an esport but overtime, I see it as a community style game that should be up with the big leagues. Due to the many challenges of copyright and intellectual properties, it’s best to keep it as a game to enjoy. I am considered a gamer that only touches rhythm games. Rhythm Games is an underground genre where it consists of movements to the rhythm of a song. Take for instance a game I played for years, Guitar Hero [GH]. GH’s premise is to use a plastic guitar controller to strum and hold frets to hit gems on the highway. There are many games out there that use a similar dynamic of intense hand-eye coordination and I want that presence to grow higher.

What are your plans after you graduate? 

My plans after graduation are full time work and livestreaming on my Twitch channel. I thought about graduate school but I am not as academically gifted to attend one and also the costs are very steep. I currently have a seasonal position to work as a STEM instructor for a tech camp teaching those about to go to college my experiences and the kind of work they’ll see in the next few years. Will I go back to esports? Who knows.

What has been the most rewarding part of being the stream manager?

The most rewarding part for me about the position was having the ability to mentor and train people in production. It was scary for me thinking that there would be nobody after I graduate that would take the torch and keep the broadcasts coming. After the last few months however, I can say with confidence that I am ready to transition from my position. I also liked having influence in several decisions I’ve made that benefit the gaming community at Rutgers. I want Rutgers to be at the top to rival schools in the West Coast.

What’s your fondest memory of your time in Rutgers Esports?

Scarlet Classic V. This event was insane. The amount of man-hours people used to get this event up and running should be taken seriously. I respect everyone that put the time and effort to make the event a success. As someone who livestreamed the NYXL Spring Rally and other Grand Final matches afterward, it was awesome making such an impact.

Full Time Streamer, Part Time Cros—Cosplayer