Speedrunner ‘tomatoanus’ forced to change name for charity event
Decorated speedrunner ‘tomatoanus’ has been on the receiving end of some backlash regarding his not-so-subtle name.
He is an accomplished runner in the Fallout series and currently holds the ‘Any%’ record for the entire anthology.
It is a category for speedrunning where the player only completes the mandatory objectives associated with finishing a title’s story, without touching additional content.
The collection includes Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 4.
He emerged into the limelight back in 2017 when he ran the series and finished with a time of 1:37:54. The remarkable attempt included beating Fallout 1 and 2 in under 22 minutes.
The avid streamer will be gunning for a new record in the Fallout series during the Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) event in January. AGDQ is a biannual, week-long marathon that hosts a wide array of speedrunners from across the globe to compete and raise money for charity.
However, as a charity event, it needs to be mindful about which usernames are appropriate. In an extended message to his fans and followers, he disclosed that three out of his last six runs for AGDQ events have been hidden from public view as a result of his explicit name.
Unless the runner changed his name he would be unable to have his attempts made available to the public. The runs were still counted, just not shown.
The two parties have now agreed on a compromise, allowing tomatoanus to compete as ‘tomatoangus’.
He will only be donning the new name for the AGDC event while his Twitch will still show as tomatoanus.
Owing to this, details from his streaming profile will not be featured during his run for the event, but he will now be able to formally submit his runs and have the public see them.
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