Dan Bilzerian’s Ignite Twitch stream banned after half-naked model attempts $30,000 treadmill challenge

Published: 7/May/2019 12:18 Updated: 7/May/2019 18:59

by Matt Porter


The Twitch account of Dan Bilzerian’s cannabis-selling company, Ignite, appears to have been suspended following a stream where a number of Instagram models took on an almost impossible challenge wearing Ignite merchandise for the chance of winning up to $30,000.

Dan Bilzerian, who has labelled himself as the ‘King of Instagram’ in the past, grew to fame when he started uploading pictures to his account showing off the lavish lifestyle he enjoys.

The multi-millionaire, who claims that he made his money playing in poker tournaments, regularly uploads pictures of himself driving fast cars, hanging out with models in bikinis, and more recently has been promoting Ignite, his new business venture which sells marijuana and CBD products from an online store, and a number of dispensaries in the California area.

Instagram: IgniteDan Bilzerian is regularly spotted on social media surrounded by models.

To help promote the brand, Dan Bilzerian has labelled his California mansion as the ‘Ignite House’, where the Ignite Girls – a number of popular Instagram models – hang out, with Bilzerian himself regularly live streaming what’s going on at the house.

On his Monday, May 6 “workout” Twitch stream, the American announced a new challenge that the Ignite Girls would be taking part in, with Bilzerian offering cash to anyone who could complete a one mile run on a treadmill in under five minutes.

First to attempt the challenge was Kinsey Sue, who had been taking part in the workout stream. When Bilzerian offered her an incredible $30,000 reward if she was able to perform the sub-five minute mile, Sue changed out of her fitness gear and into an Ignite-branded bikini, before unsuccessfully taking on the challenge.

Alex Abbate was then challenged to perform the same task, with Bilzerian promising $5,000 if she was able to succeed. Again wearing an Ignite-brand bikini, the camera operator panned around a clearly-struggling Abbate, commenting that he was “getting a better angle.”

As many on Reddit have noted, the challenge is nearly impossible to complete by an average person, with the fastest mile ran by a woman standing at 4:12 back in 1996 – a record which has been unchallenged ever since.

Why was Bilzerian’s Ignite Twitch account banned?

While neither Bilzerian or Ignite have commented on why their Twitch channel has been suspended, users on Reddit believe that they have been punished for breaking the website’s rules on sexually suggestive or explicit content.

With the women appearing in tiny bikinis to complete the challenge, it’s possible that Twitch decided to shut down the page temporarily, as this kind of content is against the company’s Terms of Service.

Due to the channel and the clips associated with this stream being unavailable due to the suspension, it’s impossible to verify if any other rules were broken throughout the duration of the broadcast. 

Neither Twitch nor Bilzerian have revealed how long the account will be suspended for, but it’s likely that they will face at least a seven day ban for breaking the site’s rules, meaning the earliest they will be back is probably Tuesday, May 14.


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.

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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.