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72 Hours also known as Tom Mulligan born on May 26, 1994 enjoyed gaming from a young age as his family was on the move a lot. It was a great way to meet new friends and explore new worlds he mentioned. He was born in New Jersey and still lives there today however; now in a small beach house that he really enjoys.
Growing up 72 hours mainly played games and would with his older brothers as that was the main way they could connect since there was an age difference and Tom was still younger. They enjoyed playing together and Tom learned games quickly.
His father Thomas Mulligan explained that their first computer was purchased from CompUSA and 72 hours was so upset he couldn’t beat the level of the game. His dad remembers this clearly and tells him to keep working at it. A week later his dad asked if he passed the level and he said I’m way passed that.
He has a large family with older brothers and at least 2 sisters. His parents got divorced when he was in first grade and continued to live with his mom. At this point 72 Hours would lock himself in his room and just game all day long. His sister would actually unplug the WiFI to the house just to get him to come out of his room so she could see him. Once she even left the house with the router, he was not happy about that.
His mom explains that he was always very intelligent and didn’t lose his temper. Once he came home from school and he got a 90% on a test, he showed his mom and told her, I can do better. Growing up his family was big on sports and his mom wanted him to have a balanced life which is opposite of how Tom works. He mentioned when he gets into something he goes full force and needs to master that thing before going onto the next. If he was passionate about something he was all about it.
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How did Tom Mulligan come up with his name 72 Hours? He writes the following:
“You know how you name a random picture or file you download without much thought? Imagine that file is now your online handle in one of the world’s biggest games. WOOPS!”
In college 72 Hours was not very passionate and felt lost because he didn’t know what to become. At this time he was playing League of Legends on his computer and started to stream on twitch.tv. He really enjoyed it but then another game came out called Dead by Daylight. Tom was very good at this game and really enjoyed playing it. His stream started to grow a lot more when he was playing this.
It was at this time he contacted his dad and told him he had found a business idea. His dad went to his house and watched him play. He said yeah it looks like you got something here but first I would work on getting a contract (partnered with Twitch).
It didn’t take long once he changed classes at Rutger to part time he received that Twitch Partnership. Later he decided to drop out of college but did already graduate from University of Delaware in 2016, so 72 hours already had his bachelor’s degree. His major was Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation with a concentration in computer programming
Eventually, everything fades and so does the game. He didn’t want to lose viewers so he decided to try other games, even Fortnite.
At first Tom didn’t want to play Fortnite as it looked like a kids game and was too simple. Then after a while he gave in and decided to try it out. He quickly noticed the skill gap is a lot larger than he thought as it is not only a battle royale game but you can also build and edit. He quickly fell in love with this game and moved it to full time.
Why did 72 hours leave Faze?
Shortly after that he was speaking to Cloakzy and decided to join Faze. The time there was short lived and he didn’t talk about why till recently. I will put his response below to why he left faze:
“Before I left FaZe, Cloak and I weren’t nearly as close as I would say were are now (leaving the team made you guys closer lolwut?) But yeah, it did. I would say we have a really good friendship now and I consider one of him my best friends. But back in the day, I didn’t really feel like I belonged and the team synergy felt really off with Cloak, Spacelyon, Jaomock, and I. So between the rifts among the team and our performances, it felt like the right decision in my gut. I felt like Chap, Strafesh0t, and Poach were really great players that I knew I got along with.
And it definitely wasn’t an easy decision. Leaving Cloak when he’s the one that brought me into the scene in the first place felt really awful, but he told me “if you ever had the chance to join the best team, you should” and I did what I thought was best for me. I don’t have any issues or bad blood with FaZe or Cloak. They’re a great org and I’m very grateful they let me do what I thought was best for me at the time. There are always things that you can wish went differently with handling situations, but the best thing you can do is learn from it and move on.
It was a rough time for me mentally during this time. Just a lot of uncertainty of the future for the game and my career. A lot of disparaging comments were thrown my way by the public while I was just offline grinding Fortnite. That’s all I want to say on the subject.”
After that he shortly joined Liquid and he was very good friends with Chap and Poach. They had lots of fun and also enjoyed time with Vivid.
His mom wasn’t convinced at first as it’s just a video game. Then she saw the amount of time he had to dedicate to it and the communication of the team with all the challenges as the game was always changing.
She then started to text him to make sure he stayed hydrated and he ate as he would play for such long hours. She started to google him for fun to read all about everything that was going on. His sister said he can make my salary in a weekend and I have a masters. She knows it’s legit and she’s proud of him that he’s so successful.
His dad also said he is extremely happy about Tom playing as he really enjoys it.
In Fortnite 72 Hours is a force to be reconded with. He has lots of 200+ IQ plays and is always figuring out how to strategically get an advantage. He is very happy with his team on Liquid and they work together very well. His streams are extremely enjjoyable to watch I do recommend them. We will be seeing a lot more of Tom Mulligan in the future.
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