Saturday, July 2, 2022

“He will be missed forever” – tribute to Scottish Unreal Tournament legend Paul ‘astz’ McGarrity

Paul ‘astz’ McGarrity, one of Britain’s top original Unreal Tournament (UT) pros, has sadly passed away.

He played UT competitively in 2004 and then also played Quake Live for the likes of Dignitas.

Paul has also previously offered advice on gameplay and game mechanics in FPS (First Person Shooter) games. He was also product manager for Play2Improve and its FPS trainer product.

Paul is survived by his partner Kathleen and their three children.

Wouter Hinloopen from the UT2004 Community has set up a Facebook group a GoFundMe page to help pay for Paul McGarrity’s funeral.

At the time of writing, just over €1,000 has been raised towards the €3,500 goal.

Wouter said: “Today we lost a legend. It pains me deeply to say this, many of you know him from his competitive days when he was among the top UT players in the world in the glory days of UT.

“Paul was not only a great player but also a great person and father. It was always a pleasure to have him in the community.”

Wouter Hinloopen, UT2004 community

“In 2011 he hosted a reunion event in Scotland which he didn’t even play himself as he was too busy hosting the event and making sure everything went smoothly. That just shows what kind of person he was. He will be missed forever.”

Many other comments were made in honor of astz in the UT2004 community Facebook group post.

Paul ‘astz’ previously said in this Play2Improve video: “I’ve competed against the best of the best all over the world, I’ve done something I loved. I have a real passion for gaming and it has been great to do so for such a long period of time.”

British esports veterans Michael ‘Odee’ O’Dell (founder of Dignitas and Chief Gaming Officer of ReKTGlobal), Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner (retired host and caster) and Rams ‘r2k’ Singh (former pro gamer and current esports lecturer at the University of Chichester). ), astz paid tribute on Twitter:

Read a post by zelvZ on ESReality.com: “Most of us knew Paul as a true handyman and member of the UT2004 community. He was a true friend to this community, a nice and fun guy to spend time with and a great father to his three children.

“I had the pleasure of meeting him during a LAN tournament he organized in Dundee in 2011 (he did all the coverage of the tournament on ESR). I remember it was a great time meeting UT legends for the first time like ScrMz, Frantic, ecko and of course Paul.”

zelvZ also shared the following video of an epic last minute comeback by astz in an old ESL tournament, cast by British esports personality Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner:

“May you rest in peace UT legend, you will be missed.”

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