Who is Imaqtpie?
Michael Santana, better known by his online alias Imaqtpie, was born on the 21st February 1992 in Margate, Florida USA of Colombian and Cuban descent. He is a 27 year old gamer, streamer and online celebrity, who became famous for playing “League of Legends” while playing professionally for the esports teams “Rock Solid”, “Delta Fox” and “Team Dignitas”. He later left professional gaming and became a full time streamer via the Twitch platform, as well as YouTube. He is currently one of the most popular “League of Legends” players on the planet. His online career has been active since 2011.
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Imaqtpie Wiki Bio
Michael’s obsession with games began when he was still a kid growing up in his hometown of Margate. One of the first games he played was “SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals” on his old Sony PlaysStation console. He spent a lot of time playing online games with his friends, and when the multiplayer online battle arena game called “League of Legends” first came out, Michael and his friends decided to try it out, since it was free to download. They were immediately hooked on it, and spent countless hours talking to each other and perfecting their skill at the game. Michael chose the name Imaqtipie because his mother often called him “cute” or “cutie”, and it has been his trademark ever since.
Beginning of Professional Career
After several months of playing “League of Legends”, Santana’s friends suggested to him that they should compete in the local tournament together; he agreed, and his team made it to the finals. It was at this tournament that he was spotted by another “League of Legends” rising star, by the name of William Li, known by his online alias as Scarra, who recruited Michael for his team called “Rock Solid” in April 2011, which marks the beginning of his professional career. A couple of months later, Imaqtpie, Scarra and Joedat Esfahani or Voyboy were acquired by “Team Dignitas”, finally making it to the professional tier.
Speaking of this moment, Imaqtpie stated that at the time he had no long-term plan when it came to professional gaming, but was extremely happy for his success, and incredibly thankful to his parents, who had supported him from the very moment he told them he wanted to become a professional gamer.
Rise to Fame
By the time “League of Legends” entered its third season, Imaqtpie was a well-known player within the game’s community. His team further rose to prominence when they won the “IGN ProLeague” tournament held in Atlantic City, earning $10,000. In 2012, they finished first once again at the “LoLPro.com Curse Invitational” held in San Francisco, this time earning $20,000.
In the following two years, “Team Dignitas” became a real force to be reckoned with, winning a number of tournaments and qualifying for the LCS World Championship.
Along with his team’s professional successes, Imaqtpie’s popularity rose as well. Other players and fans were drawn by his unusual looks, laid-back attitude, self-deprecating humor and his general likability. Over the years, Imaqtpie became one of the most-liked and best known “League of Legends” players in the world.
Leaving Competitive Gaming
Fans were surprised when Imaqptie announced in his vlog that he would be leaving professional gaming. On 22nd October 2014, Santana ended his professional career but continued playing “League of Legends”, focusing his time and energy on streaming via Twitch and YouTube. He stated that, even though he enjoyed playing competitively, he much preferred playing the game for the fun of it, with his friends, without having to ever criticize his teammates for underperforming or spending countless hours perfecting tactics. As it turned out, this move was perfect for Imaqtpie in every sense – he was able to continue playing his favorite game in the comfort of his home, and to make a huge amount of money from it.
Twitch streams and YouTube videos became his primary mediums and main sources of income. He is still one of the most popular “League of Legends” players on both platforms.
Being one of the most popular “League of Legends” streamers enabled Imaqtpie to make streaming and gaming his full-time career. According to estimations by authoritative sources, it is indeed a very lucrative career – Santana earns around $1 million a year from his streams alone, and already has a net worth of around $1 million.
When it comes to his personal life, Imaqtpie married his long-time girlfriend in a surprise ceremony held on 6th July 2018. Their wedding was notable due to the fact that Michael stayed true to his style – he said his vows while wearing a simple black t-shirt, dark shorts and black trainers. The two reside in California.
Imaqtpie’s official YouTube channel currently has more than 1.6 million subscribers, and his videos have garnered more than 600 million views since he joined the platform in 2007.
Appearance and Physical Characteristics
Imaqtpie is well known for his unique appearance. He has long, shiny black hair and almost always wears plain a white t-shirt and shorts in his videos. He is 5ft 11ins (1.81m) tall.