David Hance (1991 - 2017)

David "Allied" Hance, a former professional player and caster of the online battle arena video game "Smite," died Wednesday, May 3, 2017, of cancer, according to multiple news sources. He was 25.

He was being treated for cancer for about a year.

After learning of Hance's diagnosis, the "Smite" developers at Hi-Rez Studios organized marathon gaming streams to raise funds to defray Hance's cancer-treatment costs. The developers also added a unique avatar, “Allied Strong,” to "Smite." The video game is played on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Hance's pro team, Luminosity, is selling Allied's jersey and donating the profits to cancer research. The "Smite" personality who goes by the Twitter handle DMBrandon is one of the many professional gamers promoting the Allied T-shirts,  which are available at Teespring.com, to raise money for the player's family.

Hance, who was born and raised in New York City, was living in Georgia. He started playing "Smite" in 2013 as part of teams including compLexity and EnVyUs. Later, he joined forces with Luminosity Gaming.

Hance retired from competitive play after receiving his cancer diagnosis. He became a caster for Hi-Rez Studios, the video game developer, then returned for Season 4, joining Luminosity Gaming as a substitute and streamer.

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