Lakeman started playing Donkey Kong in 2011 when a friend challenged him to get into the top 20. Previously he was a golfer and a competitive poker player. After the challenge, he worked aggressively for years to develop the skills to beat the world champion. During his training, he livestreamed his gaming sessions on a nightly basis. He beat Hank Chien's longstanding record that had stood since 2012 of 1,138,600 on September 4, 2014 with a score of 1,141,800. Wes Copeland beat Lakeman's score on 3 January 2016, with the score of 1,190,000.
Lakeman is also the current or former world record holder for several classic arcade games. He is the former world record holder for the 1976 version of Death Race. He is the current record holder for Super Pac-Man and Stratovox.
Looks like a great event. I hope I can make it this year.