Manuel ‘Grubby’ Schenkhuizen is a Dutch professional PC gamer. He has been competing in eSports in the real-time strategy games WarCraft III, WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. As an Orc player, Schenkhuizen has won more than 38 LAN tournaments, of which 6 are World Championships. Grubby has been known for being part of one of the most successful WC3 teams in history, namely the British team 4Kings. Later teams include the Danish MeetYourMakers and the North American Evil Geniuses. Grubby enjoys a large fan base throughout the world and especially in China. He’s sometimes characterized as being not one of the fastest players, but one that compensates with smart and effective play styles.
Grubby’s first experience playing computer games was at around age three or four giving him an early start in gaming. Grubby’s first experience with an RTS game was with Populous 2, released in 1991, where you play a god guiding your subjects. He continued to play many games such as StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War before moving to the WarCraft III competitive scene. His first competition was in 2003 at age 17, at a LAN party of around 1000 people. The WarCraft III competition consisted entirely of Dutch players except the Danish player playing for Grubby’s future team, MYM, Bjarke. Grubby made it to the finals to meet MYM]Bjarke and compete for the €200 prize. Grubby ended up winning the competition and taking the prize before becoming a pro at age 18.
Grubby met his wife, Cassandra Ng Schenkhuizen, at WCG 2005, where he played WC3 and finished third. At BlizzCon 2009, he proposed to her on-stage after the award ceremony, and they subsequently married in May 2010. Cassandra currently works as Grubby’s manager and supports him in his career.