Smashing up your dad’s $3.5m hypercar is a pretty bad day, all things considered. But what if you somehow benefitted from the situation? Well, it looks like that might be what happens for Gage of GGExotics.
Having crashed the $3.5m Pagani Huyara Roadster hypercar, Gage from GGExotics was quick to release a statement giving his version of events, and explaining what had happened.
Thankfully, no-one was seriously injured in the crash, and no other cars were involved. According to Gage, he was driving the 764hp hypercar when he lost control and spun out, hitting a tree and destroying the entire front end of the Pagani.
In a strange turn of events, however, he may actually end up benefitting as a by-product of the crash, thanks to his YouTube channel.
The Pagani was completely ruined in the crash.
GGExotics gains followers after Pagani crash
Following the crash blowing up on social media, Gage’s channel started becoming well-known among YouTube circles. News outlets such as Life of Palos covered the situation, as well as ‘mainstream’ news sites such as the Daily Mail.
For a relatively small YouTuber, this is big news, even if the circumstances surrounding the newfound interest in the GGExotics channel aren’t the best.
With YouTube basing its ad revenue payouts on the number of people watching videos (and therefore watching adverts), this sudden influx in interest may actually end up paying off for Gage.
The GGExotics channel has seen a massive influx in new followers since the crash.
According to analytics site SocialBlade, GGExotics has been pulling in some impressive numbers since the incident. In the last 30 days, his view count is up over 240% (1.383 million.) Not only that, but his subscriber rate has also shot up, with between 1000 and 5000 new followers per day since the situation was revealed.
They did have a potential buyer for the Huyara lined up in the form of Houston Crosta from Royalty Exotic Cars, but unfortunately, the Carbon tub was cracked, and Houston walked away from the deal as it was “too far gone” to repair.
Of course, the gain in followers won’t be enough to pay off the smashed up Pagani, but the increased income will hopefully help Gage and friends get back to making YouTube content sooner.
The fourth Chipotle Challenger series featured another star-studded lineup of contestants, including:
Streamers / Pro Players
Celebrities / Athletes
Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.
Up to 1000 trio teams
Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window
Qualifying teams then had the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.
Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
17 teams of invited talent
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money was up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secured themselves free burritos for a year!
1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.
A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.
What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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