Happy Friday Guardians! Welcome back to one of our favorite segments on Bungie.net, this week’s Community Focus! This week we chat with a content creator who has a beautiful day job, Kujay!
Hey Kujay! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! So let’s get started with a little background. Who are you, what are your pronouns and where are you from?
Hello, my name is Kujay (he/him). I am an aircraft designer by day and a Fate content creator by evening! I grew up in a small town in eastern Kansas before eventually moving out to Southern California after college.
Wait, aircraft designer? Yes, we’ll have to touch on that in a moment. But first, what got you into gaming and creating content?
I started playing at a very young age when I was only four years old. I had just started daycare and there was a Super Nintendo that all the kids could play with. The first game I ever played was Yoshi’s Island (still a great game to this day!), and good lord, I was immediately hooked! Fast forward about 20 years, and after moving to SoCal, I found myself with WAY more free time than I was used to during school (aeronautical engineering classes are no joke!). Then, shortly after the launch of Rise of Iron, a friend of mine who was streaming started asking me to try streaming for myself. After pushing him for a few months, I finally gave in and bought a PS4 webcam. I found streaming to be tons of fun (and something I’m really good at), so much so that I’ve been doing it for almost six years now!
Sounds like my kind of day care. 😊 Okay, big question here — how on earth do you balance both a full-time job and content creation?
Over the years it has been difficult to balance my professional career with the content creation side of my life. In the early years, I used to stream a LOT more, getting in streams every Friday through Monday (usually involving lots of attempts with Osiris assistance!). But as the years went by and the responsibilities of my day job started to increase, I started scaling back the amount of content I was pushing out. I’ve started to focus more on YouTube in the last two years as it’s something I can do “piecemeal” as opposed to having the camera roll for a live stream. And on the Twitch side of the house, I’m mostly a “weekend warrior” now, with streams only on Saturdays and Sundays. Juggling the two sides of my life has been difficult, but it has also been VERY rewarding. How many people design planes during the week and then come home to a successful stream and YouTube channel at the weekend? That’s something I don’t take for granted!
Gosh, it just sounds like a wild ride and you seem to have done such a good job maintaining it. So you mentioned Yoshi’s Island, but how did you find it Fate?
So, interestingly enough, I had actually taken quite a long break from gaming back then Fate came calling. After drooling over Skyrim my senior year of high school, I didn’t play much at all during my freshman or sophomore years of college. However, I was drawn back by the PS4 remaster of The Last of Us (GREAT game btw!) which I never got the chance to play when it originally launched. And then, as if by “fate” (wink wink), a few days after the end The last of usI got an email from Sony inviting me to play the upcoming Fate alpha. I was always more one Call of Duty child growing up, but many of my childhood friends were MASSIVE glory fans. When I asked them about Bungie’s next project with Fatethey all encouraged me to try it, describing the game as a mashup of Call of Duty, gloryand “Room Skyrim.” I decided to try the alpha map shortly thereafter and I was instantly hooked. The gunplay was by far the best I had ever experienced. And now, over eight years later, I’m still just as helplessly addicted to Fate when I was the first time I ever landed in the Cosmodrome.
A day one player, love to see it! What type of content do you like to focus on when streaming or making videos?
I like to focus on end game content inside Fate, with more focus on the PvP side, be it Trials of Osiris or Iron Banner. I also love GM Nightfalls and raids and I especially enjoy day one raid experiences with my group!
It’s super cool! Endgame content can be so challenging, so it’s really cool to have content creators like yourself to help teach and shepherd others. For the newer players, what is something you wish you knew before you started, or at least at the beginning of your Fate trip?
Honestly, I wish someone had told me how thoroughly I would be engulfed Fate universe and the wider Bungie community. How am I still playing the same game after eight years?! Hahaha, just kidding =). But in all seriousness, I wish I knew how important it was to find a solid group of people to play with Fate with. I played solo for a decent amount of time during vanilla D1 before finding my way to LFG (Looking for Group) websites. If I hadn’t been captured by the magic of OG Vault of Glass, there’s a good chance I might have stopped playing Fate in the early days. The game is infinitely more fun to play when you have friends to jump into harder content with and bounce builds and ideas off of. Because of this, I am incredibly excited for the arrival of Guardian Ranks and the in-game Fireteam Finder Fate 2 next year. I believe they will serve as catalysts for thousands of players to start forming their own friend groups and unlock the true “endgame” of Fate.
Hell yeah! With endgame content as your focus, do you have any advice for players looking to improve their skills as a player?
If you are someone who would like to delve deeper into the end game experiences Fate and improve your skills, the absolute best thing to do is to reach out to other players and start building a group of friends to play with Fate with. While Fate can be played solo, the game’s full potential is realized when you have an established group of people to lean on, both in casual PvE environments and deep in the trenches of Trials. Teamwork really makes the dream work, and you become a better player when you cooperate with other like-minded players over time.
Okay, time to ask, what is your favorite main character and subclass?
I’m probably going to stir up a lot of anger here, but Hunter is my main character and I’ve been hopelessly addicted to Stompees for over five years now. Going all the way back to Modern Warfare 2, my favorite way to play FPS games has always been about speed, speed and more speed! To that end, I am absolutely IN LOVE with the Arc 3.0 Hunter. Speed Booster is just *chef’s kiss* and Gathering Storm might just be the coolest Super in the game now. I used to play Arcstrider from seasons 2 to 8, so it’s been great to come home to my old baby with Arc 3.0!
Oh yeah, it’s always fun to go fast in video games! 😊 What kind of vibe does your channel maintain?
My channel tends to walk the line between both entertaining AND educational. In a moment we’ll dive deep into the story of Fate’s universe and start speculating about future stories. Then in the next one, something completely ridiculous will happen within a Crucible match (at the expense of my opponent OR myself, both happen often!). We often talk about builds or the state of the game as a whole, all the while keeping things pretty light hearted with plenty of laughs along the way. Like the balance between my work life and content creation, my channel thrives on its duality of education and entertainment.
Entertaining and educational while keeping it light-hearted? Sounds like my kind of place!
Okay, it’s almost time to wrap up our interview, but I wanted to ask because you’ve been really inspiring so far in our conversation. What’s something you want to make sure every new Light knows when they join the Guardian ranks?
With the current New Light experience, it can feel overwhelming once you finish your introduction to the Cosmodrome. You are summoned to Towe and you are presented with mission after quest after quest. My advice would be to pick just ONE of these quests and commit to that alone. By the time you finish the first mission, there’s a good chance you’ll have tried out some new weapons, increased your power a bit, and generally gotten a feel for the gameplay loop of Fate. And once most people get that far, the gameplay alone is usually enough to get them hooked!
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And finally, where can people find you?
I stream on Twitch every Saturday and Sunday morning, with the occasional video upload to YouTube. I am also very active in the country Twitterwith plenty of hot takes and shenanigans to keep pretty much everyone entertained!
Stay smart, guardians!