ChocoTaco (real name – Jake Throop) is an American video game streamer who is part of the esports organization, Team SoloMid.
Jake is best known for playing the battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
He was born on September 22, 1988, in New England, USA.
As a kid, Throop used to play video games from home video game consoles Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis. ”When I was a kid and beat games on the Sega Genesis or N64, they’d tell you the game testers at the end credits,” Jake said during an interview.
Throop worked as an educator to teach children engineering using LEGO bricks. For a while, Jake worked as an area manager for the company.
He also started to stream on Twitch, especially playing PUBG, an online multiplayer battle royale game that won The Game Awards 2017 for Best Multiplayer Game.
Jake held the number-one kill rating in PUBG (the North American server) during 2017 several times.
Currently, Throop’s Twitch channel has over 1.2 million followers.
On July 21, 2017, Throop started his YouTube channel that has more than 1.53 million subscribers.
In late 2017, Jake announced that he was leaving his position as an educator.
He tweeted: ”I’m super excited to announce that I will be transitioning to full-time streaming at the end of the year!” Throop also wrote: ”Big thanks to everyone for all of the support. You guys are the best, and I owe it all to you.”
Since then, Jake streamed other video games, such as:
- Guitar Hero;
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4;
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Seige;
- Apex Legends;
- Dota 2.
”I always thought that gaming as a career would be the dream,” Jake said for Kotaku. The streamer added: ”I haven’t really tried being a pro gamer or anything like that, but I’ve always played the games I play at a high level—Counter-Strike 1.6, Source, and once DOTA 2 came out, I played a lot of DOTA.”
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In March 2018, Team SoloMid announced Jake as a new member. He joined TSM’s ranks as a streamer for PUBG.
”It’s literally a dream come true to join TSM,” Throop stated at the time. He added: ”I’m very excited to be a part of the TSM family and hopefully become a bigger part of the gaming community.”
Note – TSM is a professional esports organization that was founded by Reginald in September 2009. In addition to PUBG, the organization currently fields players in Chess, League of Legends, Magic: The Gathering Arena, Apex Legends, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Valorant, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros., and Hearthstone.
In April 2019, Jake received his own skins in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (weapon, shoe, and parachute). Other streamers that also received skins in-game are Justin “Just9n” Ortiz, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, and Henrik “WackyJacky101” Kjærulff.
In February 2020, Throop criticized PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds devs after the release of Patch 6.2. ”Loads of issues never get addressed. It’s hard to enjoy the game a lot of the time,” the streamer said. Jake continued: ”Whenever this COD BR launches I will be taking a break from PUBG.”
ChocoTaco has a girlfriend but he didn’t disclose her name to the public.
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ChocoTaco – Net Worth
Throop earns most of his wealth from streaming games (such as Rainbow Siege Six, Apex Legends, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) on Twitch, selling merch, sponsors, and advertisements on YouTube.
On YouTube, Throop’s channel has over 309 million views, meaning about $750k in revenue, before state taxes.
On Twitch, Jake has around 3.5k subscribers, meaning $8.75k in revenue per month. On the platform, Throop also makes money from ads, sponsors, and donations.
Before making gaming his career, Jake worked as an educator. Throop also makes money from sponsored posts (especially from G Fuel) on his Instagram (over 556k followers).
In addition, he sells merch.
Therefore, ChocoTaco has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
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