Lunity, a Franco-Manitoban star of live video games

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Lunity, a Franco-Manitoban star of live video games

Franco-Manitoban Myriam Damphousse broadcasts her video game games on the Twitch platform.

At 30, Franco-Manitoban Myriam Damphousse has built a career in music and video games on the Internet. Specialist in the world of League of Legends, it attracts tens of thousands of subscribers on Twitch, Spotify or YouTube.

Behind her computer screen, Myriam Damphousse, known on the web as Lunity, puts on a show. Headphones on, microphone nearby, she plays the brand new Stray game for 5 hours, in which you play as a cat. Laughs, suspense, jokes… the young woman naturally handles the keyboard and mouse while interacting with her community on Twitch, which has more than 83,000 subscribers.

Before moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Myriam Damphousse grew up in a tiny French-speaking village in the rural municipality of Montcalm, Manitoba. It was there, in her parents' garage, that she filmed her very first video, which was later posted on YouTube 13 years ago. Today, this video has 48,000 views.

At the time, the young Myriam was passionate about shuffle dance. My videos were short [her very first was 47 seconds] because the internet was almost non-existent [in the village] and it took hours to put them on YouTube, she recalls.

The other passion of the Franco-Manitoban woman is video games. I've been playing since I was 5, she says. My parents had an old IBM computer, then I had a PlayStation.

Tetris, Space Invaders, Chrono Trigger… she takes her first steps by touching to different genres. But it's mostly massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like World of Warcraft or Starcraft 2 that he likes the most .

It is in this area that it will explode. Eight years ago, she joined the world of League of Legends (LoL). Released in 2009, Riot Games' game still attracts hundreds of thousands of players.

But Myriam Damphousse almost never played this game. Many friends I had in the other games went to League of Legends. At first, I didn't want to play it, it didn't interest me.

Eventually, under pressure from her friends, she resolves to try it just once. I found a social environment that I had in the other games and I continued to play, she explains.

League of Legendsthen becomes the universe in which she flourishes and makes herself known. Combining her passion for music and LoL, she is noted for her parody musical creations centered around the game. I started writing song parodies by changing the lyrics of popular titles with words associated with the game. fun, but on YouTube a lot of people liked it and it took off!

His YouTube channel now has 261,000 subscribers and several of his videos have accumulated millions of views, while that on Spotify, many of his covers approach or exceed one million plays.

His productions allow him to be spotted by the company behind LoL, Riot Games, which then offers him to participate in a giant concert for the final of the World Championship in China. They recognized my work, she congratulates herself.

In 2017, she took over the management of Beijing. For an hour and a half, along with other artists, she performed in front of thousands of spectators. It's an experience I'll never forget!, she says.

Franco-Manitoban Myriam Damphousse at the 2017 League of Legends Finals concert in Beijing.

The concert was great. There were a lot of special effects, the music was fantastic… It's incredible, for me, to have had this opportunity, she continues, the stars still in her eyes, thinking back to the event which accumulates more than 495,000 views on YouTube.

2017 is also the year when the Franco-Manitoban decided to launch on Twitch to broadcast her video game games live as an instavideast (streamer, in English). After a divorce, I refocused on myself and I focused on that, she explains.

Since then, she has been playing about thirty hours a week. On the other hand, all his live broadcasts are in English. I can't do it in French, it's too difficult to translate, she admits, embarrassed.

I'm so lacking in practice, it's embarrassing, continues the one who attended the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Regional School of the Franco-Manitoban School Division. Her only opportunity to train is when she returns to Manitoba, as her grandfather likes to speak only French.

“I try sometimes, when people ask me in chat. I say I speak French, but it's very rusty. »

— Myriam Damphousse

She will not return to the province for as much. My life is [in California]. I decided to stay after my divorce because I had more professional opportunities, she says, adding that she comes back at least once a year, especially to see her grandfather.

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