Lakeman started playing Donkey Kong in 2011 when a friend challenged him to get into the top 20. Previously he was a golfer and a competitive poker player. After the challenge, he worked aggressively for years to develop the skills to beat the world champion. During his training, he his gaming sessions on a nightly basis. He beat Hank Chien‘s longstanding record that had stood since 2012 of 1,138,600 on September 4, 2014 with a score of 1,141,800. He and Wes Copeland traded the world record back and forth a couple of times with Robbie getting his latest World Record High Score score of 1,247,700 on 2 Feb 2018.