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The name ZmjjKK is nearly impossible to pronounce. The jumble of letters makes up the moniker of Edward Gaming’s star duelist player, who was an absolute beast in his international debut against Paper Rex at Valorant Champions 2022.

But these letters are not random. There is a story behind how Zheng “ZmjjKK” Yong Kang got his name — a heartwarming tribute to the older brother that has supported him throughout his career.

Affectionately referred to as Kang Kang, ZmjjKK has already shown himself to be one of Valorant’s brightest young talents, especially on the Operator. And during his Valorant Champions 2022 debut, he made sure the world knows his name.

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What does ZmjjKK mean? His name was inspired by his brother

Valorant Champions 2022 ZmjjKK Edward Gaming
Credit: Riot Games

In a pinned tweet on his Twitter profile, the player explained the meaning behind his name and how it came about.

“Zmjj is my elder brother’s game ID. His name is Zheng Ming Jia,” he said. “My name is Zheng Yong Kang, so my game ID is KK. Because my brother has unlimited support for me, I want to let the world see his ID.”

ZmjjKK is an amalgamation of both their names, Kang Kang’s way of paying homage to his brother and his unfulfilled aspirations of becoming a pro player.

Ming Jia is seven years older and had wanted to go pro in Counter-Strike 1.6 when he was at school, Kang Kang told Yinsu “Yinsu” Collins.

Wan "CHICHOO" Shunzhi of EDward Gaming arrives at VALORANT Champions Los Angeles Group Stage at the Shrine Expo Hall on August 13, 2023 in Los Angeles, California
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“I feel like I can carry a part of his dream in my professional Valorant career,” he said. “I’m not as good as other people at CS:GO, but Valorant makes sense for me.”

“I can take a part of my brother’s dream with me as I compete on the international stage.”

At VCT Masters Tokyo in 2023, Kang Kang led Edward Gaming to a 2-0 victory over Natus Vincere in the tournament’s group stage. It was the first time a Chinese team won a match at an international LAN event.

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