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Chemistry prof educates Twitch viewers with office hours stream

Published: 9/Oct/2019 22:04 Updated: 9/Oct/2019 22:22

by Michael Gwilliam


A chemistry professor at the University of North Florida decided to hold his online office hours on Twitch, and the results were overwhelmingly positive. 

Profesor Melko originally posted a clip of his stream to Reddit’s r/chemistry section, asking for feedback and showing what his students thought of his Twitch idea. 

In the video, one student praised the concept, because they were able to watch it wherever they were. Others said it was super helpful, and they liked having videos they could go back and watch at any point. 

Twitch/profmelkoProfMelko has been rising in popularity.

The big benefit is the stream and office hours help out anyone who works a lot.

“That’s what kinda initially got me into this,” Melko said of his stream. “A lot of students, especially at my university, work or they’re taking like, four other science classes.” 

I tried holding online office hours on Twitch…here’s what students said. Thoughts? from r/chemistry

He went on to say that any other variables, such as family commitments or parenting duties, could make students’ lives busy, so giving them the ability to watch on their phone or check out VODs gives flexibility to their schedule.

This was echoed in Melko’s Twitch ‘about me’ section, which states: “I was having trouble getting students to come to my office hours in person, so I started streaming on Twitch as a way to offer some of my office hours in a more accessible (and perhaps less intimidating) format to my students.”

The praise grew on Reddit, too, where one redditor commented, “This is great! As a student I was and am never able to attend office hours because of classes, work, or homework. Wish I had you as a professor, haha.” 

Melko, not wanting to leave a student hanging, replied back: “You are always welcome to drop by the stream and ask away!” 

With so much variety on Twitch with Just Chatting, video games, esports, and even poker, a stream where a university professor teaches chemistry could be a welcome change of pace.  The professor even attended TwitchCon 2019, proving he’s serious about the streaming platform.

At the time of this posting, Melko has nearly 1,200 followers and, according to the third party site TwitchMetrics, is the 81st most watched English Science & Technology channel. 


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

Twitter: @ArnauVidal
A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.