A life-long veteran of shooters, Hardup began playing with the original Doom. In the early days of high-latency internet, he practiced against the hardest modded quake AI bots he could find to hone his reaction time and accuracy. Hardup attended his first competitive LAN for Quake II and played competitively for Team XCM in Quake III. In 2007, FATE recruited Hardup to play Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. Hardup has competed in all other games with FATE since.
j4y began playing competively in Quake II and then transitioned to Quake III with team Bud Railers. After leaving Bud Railers, j4y continued playing Quake III with FATE. During the Enemy Territory Quake Wars beta, j4y helped recruit a squad to compete for FATE. FATE's ETQW team went on to be one of the most successful in FATE's history.
QuakeCon (2009) Quake Live
FATE member Nelson "Hardup" Maxson placed 2nd in the Intel Quake Live Open Championship tournament at QuakeCon 2009 in Grapevine, Texas, taking home a prize of $750.