Sketchek, a popular Team Fortress 2 YouTuber, has returned to making YouTube videos after a three-year hiatus from the platform.
Sketchek disappeared for a long time after telling his fans that he had developed a terminal illness. He has now come forward and admitted that he fabricated that story.
The now-deleted video was originally posted in November 2015, where Sketchek told his subscribers he was suffering from a disease that affected his nervous system, to which he didn’t have very long to live.
Normally, his videos had a comedic theme and were focused on Team Fortress 2, mostly using the character of Pyro.
“I thought it would be fun to convince a lot of people that care about me that I would fucking die,” Sketchek said, speaking to PCGamesN.
“I’ve been feeling really bad about it lately. I can no longer bear the weight of my sins, which is why I’ve decided to come out with the truth and apologise for lying.”
After the initial video about his fake illness, Valve released a special weapon for the Pyro character called “Sketchek’s Bequest”. Valve has not commented on the news, but Sketchek did admit that he does not deserve the tribute and hopes it will be removed from the game soon.
In a follow-up apology video, Sketchek explained that he wanted to get away from Team Fortress 2 as he felt video games had "ruined my life”.
While many viewers are understandably upset and very angry at Sketchek, others are more sympathetic and willing to forgive his misdemeanor.