Community Spotlight - TheCloudBee

PvP queen, charity advocate and fearsome helmswoman – meet a multitalented Spotlight star!

The friendly competitions we see across the seas have spawned many an event and many worthy opponents. Combined with the huge hearts of our players when raising money for charity or highlighting a cause, it really does show the wealth of personalities we’re lucky enough to have out there on the Sea of Thieves.

One person who manages to roll all this into one is ex-NAL helm and all-round cracked creator with a heart of gold, TheCloudBee, who kindly took time out of her day to talk us through her passion projects and give us a few tips when it comes to helming…

[Q]: Can you tell us a little about what got you into gaming?

[A]: When I was young I didn't live in the best area, so I always preferred adventuring in a game rather than out in the world. It offered me an escape, falling in love with games such as Tomb Raider, Road Rash and Halo.

[Q]: Were you a Rare fan before Sea of Thieves? Do you have any favourite Rare games?

[A]: I loved GoldenEye! The paintball giant head mode was everything!

[Q]: What other games are you currently playing? Any favourites?

[A]: I've been enjoying Apex Legends and have been for a while. Recently started playing Borderlands 2, a classic I never found the time to get into, and Valheim is a huge one for me right now. Who doesn’t want to be a Viking, right?!

[Q]: What brought you over to Sea of Thieves and its community?

[A]: It was suggested to me by a friend, I started streaming coding as I studied but I wanted to have more fun and really get into a community. I gave streaming Sea of Thieves a go, and here I am today.

Bee often sails with her partner DM or many other friends made on the seas.

[Q]: What was your journey from player to streamer and how has Sea of Thieves influenced you?

[A]: When I first started out as a streamer on SoT, I just went for it. I then took a long break from streaming but still played Sea of Thieves. My experiences in the game have taught me how to believe in myself, not let anyone get in my head and just be me and have fun. I’ve also met the most wonderful people on this SoT journey, like my best friends Meowzers and SourScar and my better half DM, and I have this incredible game to thank for that.

[Q]: You’ve been part of multiple competitions during your time on the seas – which one really stands out for you and why?

[A]: Cutlass Crusades will always have a special place in my heart, but TruEdits’ Cracked Creator tournament was amazing! The format was so fun and unique. Being asked to be a part of the Cracked players was a huge moment for me. The rules on aggression also made it so much fun.

Race of Legends was very interesting. Especially as a helm, the whole tourney is based around outhelming your opponent. Helm-based events such as this make me happy, shining light onto the unappreciated helms out there. Not to mention the insane amount of effort put into creating the courses.

Bee’s favourite events are based on skill and outmanoeuvring other ships!

[Q]: You’ve built a real reputation as a helmswoman – what makes a great helm when facing down foes?

[A]: The competitive side of Sea of Thieves is so fun. You're getting into so many fights with people who also want the same thing. That's why the competitive scene really changed my outlook on the game.

As to what makes a great helm, being confident is number one. Owning your decisions and even if sometimes they're bad ones, your crew is there to support you and get out of those bad choices – that sometimes creates the most fun fights. Having high-level game sense and being able to place yourself two or three steps ahead of your opponent is also a huge factor that separates the good helms from the great.

[Q]: You were recently made an ambassador of a charity, can you tell us about it?

[A]: I was recently lucky enough to have SpinalCrush reach out to me and invite me to get involved with the Everyone Can charity. I love what they do, helping people play the games we all love when for some it's not that simple. The charity itself specialises in technology that can improve and enrich the lives of disabled people, delivering digital tech to enable people to be more independent. I love and admire this mission and feel honoured to be a part of that.

On the topic of Cutlass Crusades, this month I was very fortunate to take part in a kick-ass all-female line-up for Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Along with Sour’s monthly milestone goals, I set one of my own that if we collectively raised $3000 I would shave off all my hair live on stream.

This community once again came together and raised almost $6000, and true to my word I shaved off my hair. I chose to do this to help raise more awareness for the charity and the great work that Sour does, but also to show people that if you want to do something you should do it. Shaving my head is something I've wanted to do in the past but I was told no by others, that I would be ugly. So I decided to take back the power and show people you don’t have to let others decide your fate. I was so touched by this community and the love and support they showed, they will always hold a special place in my heart.

Bee has been in Cutlass Crusades, Turn The Tides and many more charity events.

[Q]: Thinking back, are there any standout moments for you in Sea of Thieves since you started playing?

[A]: Joining the NAL was a huge moment for me. Improving alongside my teammates and becoming the best player I can has changed me a lot. My time in the competitive scene introduced me to so many amazing people and made me a better player and person.

Being asked to join tournaments that are filled with people I had always admired and looked up to, it sometimes still hits me when I realise I'm on a boat with incredible people I never thought I could meet and play with. The Cursed Games event is a perfect example! Incredible experience.

[Q]: What are your favourite additions to Sea of Thieves over the past year?

[A]: The changes made to supplies might sound simple or get overlooked, but being able to Storage Crate an island is an immense quality of life improvement. The balance made to the Sloop really stands out to me too. The Sloop is so iconic in Sea of Thieves, making it a stronger boat made me happy.

[Q]: What are your greatest achievements in a game, Sea of Thieves or otherwise?

[A]: Becoming a Race of Legends grand champion, outhelming other crews, makes me grateful for all the time I put into improving my skills… also catching the Companion Cube!

[Q]: If you had to choose a pirate and ship name, what would they be?

[A]: I named my brig POGGERS, it makes me giggle every time I see it. As for my pirate's name, I would simply go with Bee.

Raising a toast to the seas, even at their most dangerous!

[Q]: What kind of other hobbies do you enjoy outside of gaming?

[A]: I enjoy going for walks with my dog, getting out to be surrounded by nature is very important to me. Spending so much of my time online, I think it's important to experience the real world. Seeing forests and nature and feeling earth under my feet makes me feel peaceful and happy. I also love drawing.

[Q]: Share a fun fact about yourself. Anything is fair game!

[A]: I used to study musical theatre along with technical theatre. I have a huge love for musicals and one of my all-time favourite soundtracks/storylines is Wicked, but nothing will ever beat when I went to see The Lord of the Rings musical in London.

Here ends our latest Community Spotlight! Big thanks to TheCloudBee for taking the time to talk to the team – we’re looking forward to seeing where she next pops up, be it in a competition or community event. If you’re eager to hear more from our Community, you can check out all our previous Community, Creator and Legend Spotlights and the regularly updated Community Hub, giving a fantastic cross-section of our community. Until next time!