Durk recently launched The Trenches, a custom OTF Gaming GTA server which blends elements of Los Angeles and his hometown of Chicago.
A gameplay trailer for the server released on August 31 showcased Durkio’s character walking by an in-game King Von mural, which is an exact replica of the one painted in the Southside’s O-Block neighborhood they once roamed.
King Von’s mural is featured in Lil Durk’s new OTF server in GTA ? ? pic.twitter.com/LWYMRjDNmE
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GTA fans might also recognize the mural because it’s the same one featured in Tee Grizzley’s Grizzley World roleplaying server as well. King Von was shot and killed outside of an Atlanta hookah lounge following an altercation with Quando Rondo’s crew on November 6, 2020.
According to E-sports personality Jake Lucky, more athletes, rappers and celebrities are expected to make cameos in Lil Durk’s Trenches server. The virtual world also features a custom radio station where the 7220 rapper curates his own mix of tracks from himself and other OTF rhymers.
Last year, Durkio explained to GQ how the COVID-19 pandemic sparked his love for gaming and how he learned how to monetize the lucrative pastime.
“I started playing Call of Duty during quarantine and got addicted to it,” he said. “I was never playing at all, but now I learned how to livestream on Twitch and all the good stuff. It’s already big, but [gaming] gonna be bigger than sports in a minute.
“When I started my gaming project with Crown So Heavy and [Lil] Bibby, they taught me how to play Call of Duty. They started coming up with ideas like, ‘You could get paid from it, you could do this, you could livestream.’ And I started getting into it more.”
Durk’s Bloodas collaborator Tee Grizzley has been a trailblazer on the gaming frontier as he recently revealed he earns up to $25,000 a month playing video games, to the point it has become his full-time job outside of rap.
“It represents the trenches, so you can really be in the streets without having to really be in the streets,” he said on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast. “I got a lot of n-ggas that’s really from the trenches that got a PC, now they ain’t in the streets no more. Now they making $20-25,000 a month playing this shit.”
He added: “I get paid from the server because you gotta pay to get in. We got like 90,000 members … Then you got sponsorship, you got ads … When these people do pay the $100 up to $400 a month, they turn around and start making $20[K] a month … That made a lot of people say, ‘I ain’t fucking with that shit no more. This my full-time job now.’”