Disabled Competitive Gamer Mike Begum “Broly” Undeterred by Challenges
Today we shine the Gamer Spotlight on Mike Begum (AKA “Broly” or “Legs”) of Texas. Recently interviewed at Southern Impact by Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez of Cross Counter. Broly is a uniquely gifted, competitive street fighter/brawl/Melee player with a singular style seldom seen at higher levels of competitive gaming. He plays with… his face.
Mike Begum is disabled, or rather uniquely abled. Due to a rare congenital disorder, Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita or AMC, he has limited control & use of his limbs. Instead of the traditional wrist flicks & blazing thumb action, Mike uses his cheeks, chin and mouth to control the joystick and press action buttons. And he’s incredibly good. Check it out.
Disabled Competitive Gamer
If you’re surprised by that, check out AbleGamers.com – a website catering to gamers with disabilities – where you’ll find tons of incredibly gifted gamers who also happen to be disabled.
Begum’s preferred Street Fighter character Chun-li, who he’s been playing since vanilla, served him well in the Super Street Fighter 4 (SSF4) tournament at Southern Impact. The video above contains clips from his victory and a great interview which are inspiring whether you’re disabled or not.
I’m not sure if he was born with a naturally competitive spirit or if he developed it over years of facing the challenges of his physical limitations, but either way Broly is incredibly competitive. Rumor has it he likes to talk trash, but his track record proves he can back it up in-game.
Some additional highlights can be found…