Justin Gardiner found solace in online gaming after his brother was killed on a night out with friends.

The 23-year-old was devastated to lose his sibling in such a horrific way and distracted himself by focusing on live streaming games.

His brother, Jordan Sinnot, was a promising footballer for Matlock Town FC, having previously played for Huddersfield Town.

He lost his life, aged 25, after an incident during a night out in Nottinghamshire in January.

Justin, who goes by the online name of Juddy, told the Wishaw Press: “It hit me really hard when Jordan died. To be killed on a night out was terrible.

“I realised then that life is too short so it inspired me to do what I loved to do and I started streaming on the Twitch site earlier this year.

“I just cracked on with it – I just wanted to make it the best it could be.”

Since then, Justin’s streaming has grown in popularity, with more than 2000 followers and 1000 subscribers watching him playing games such as FIFA and Call of Duty.

His community of fans just keeps growing and his brother’s football links have helped encourage many professional footballers to join Justin’s channel.

Derby FC player Duane Holmes is just one of the stars who regularly joins him online.

And through playing the popular first-person shooter game Call of Duty, Justin, from Motherwell, has made friends with some of the pro eSports players on the game.

He said: “I have been so lucky in my streaming in such a short space of time and made some amazing friends along the way.

“I’ve played Call of Duty with some of the biggest names in the pro league, such as Skrapz and Tommey, and became quite friendly with them.

“I am also a Razer partner now, which means they send me free things, such as microphones, before anyone else. That is something I would have never thought would happen.”

And the streaming is going so well that Justin is hoping to make it pay full-time.

He said: “Right now I would say I’m making enough to class it as full-time, but I do also have a part-time job on the side.

“At the moment I am still streaming from my bedroom but the difference in quality and my setup has improved so much.

“I put the money I earn from subscribers back into the stream and show the people who are paying what they mean to me.

“I think that’s why I have such a tight-knit community of people who watch me – they can see I am dedicated and want to make their viewing experience better.”

If you want to watch Justin, you can do so on twitch.tv/juddy19x,