Michelle Statham spends her time doting on her two grandchildren and building her video game streaming reputation as the “Tactical Gramma.”
The 58-year-old has amassed a large following on Tik Tok, where she posts highlights of her adventures in the first-person shooter “Call of Duty: Warzone,” a free-to-play, battle-royale-style video game for PCs and gaming consoles that has amassed a large audience since its March 2020 release. According to publisher Activision, Warzone had over 85 million players as of December.
Statham goes live on platforms like Facebook Gaming and Twitch, but it’s on Tik Tok that she’s seen the most development. Her account has over 570,000 followers as of Thursday morning.
Statham told USA TODAY that her husband and children were the ones who inspired her to pursue streaming.
“I’m like, no one wants to see someone my age play video games,” Statham said. ‘Then you have nothing to think about if no one is going to be there,’ they say. ‘You may as well give it a shot.’
Statham, who lives in Washington state with her husband, daughter, and son-in-law, and two grandkids, ages 1 and 3, said she has always enjoyed video games. She moved to a PC after arthritis made working with the thumbsticks on a console video game controller challenging.
She began streaming in 2019, first playing the first-person battle royale game “Apex Legends” before moving on to “Warzone.” Statham, who had been a stay-at-home parent, began streaming full-time last year as the COVID-19 pandemic kept Americans at home.
Statham currently streams for about 40 hours a week, six days a week on Facebook Gaming and two days a week on Twitch.