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Deaf Fortnite streamer Ewok becomes first female ever to join FaZe Clan

Published: 28/Jul/2019 2:28 Updated: 28/Jul/2019 10:04

by Albert Petrosyan

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Deaf competitive Fortnite streamer and content creator Ewok has joined FaZe Clan, becoming the first female to officially be a part of the organization in its long history, according to co-founder Ricky ‘Banks’ Banks.

On July 27, a few hours following the conclusion of the Duos tournament at the $30 million Fortnite World Cup finals, Banks posted a tweet announcing the recruitment of Ewok.

“Welcome to FaZe, you’re incredible, you inspire me,” he tweeted. “First girl ever in FaZe. I’m glad we held out this long. You’re perfect.”

Ewok herself announced the move in a video she posted shortly afterwards, and while she used sign language to communicate the news, it was the glowing excitement on her face that surely grabbed everyone’s attention.

Although she wasn’t competing at either the Solos or Duos competitions, the partnered streamer had been invited to the festivities in New York City to participate in the Celebrity Pro-Am, where she and singer Jordan Fisher placed 25th and raised $20,000 for the charity of their choice.

“Usually we surprise our new members, but tonight we got surprised with the best news,” FaZe Clan tweeted. “Join us in welcoming the first girl EVER to join FaZe Clan: Ewok”

Ewok is the latest addition to FaZe’s already star-studded roster of Fortnite players and content creators, which features the likes of NICKMERCS, Mongraal, Nate Hill, and many others.

The FaZe organization boasts an insane number of Fortnite pro players and content creators, many of which are among the most popular on Twitch.

Twitter : @EwokitsEwok at the Fortnite Pro-Am.

Ewok is already a popular streamer in her own right, with just under 200,000 followers on Twitch as of her joining FaZe Clan, but now part of the famed organization this number will undoubtedly grow.

Her popularity was given a boost when she got the chance to play alongside some of heroes in Ninja and DrLupo. Her skill is undeniable, despite her disadvantage of sound, her accuracy and game knowledge rivals even the very best.

Becoming the first female to join the organization will be a point of pride for not only Ewok, but FaZe Clan too, who admittedly have been somewhat behind the times in that regard, with many other esports organizations having had female members for a long time.

Last updated July 28, 2019 at 6:04 AM EST

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Pokemon releases Pikachu ASMR and fans are loving it

Published: 4/Dec/2020 20:41 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 20:47

by Brent Koepp

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The Pokemon Company surprised fans on December 3 with a special ASMR video hosted by Pikachu. The odd YouTube upload went viral after players of the Nintendo RPG couldn’t get enough of it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996 and quickly took the world by storm. Decades later, the Nintendo property has surpassed titans such as Disney and Marvel to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. From cards to t-shirts, consumers can’t get enough of the beloved series.

On December 3, fans were surprised when the series’ mascot, Pikachu, hosted an ASMR video. Players unfamiliar with the audio phenomena that has swept YouTube and Twitch found themselves surprised by how much the Electric-type’s sounds made them feel relaxed.

Screenshot of Snorlax sleeping in the Pokemon anime.
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Pokemon fans can now lay back like Snorlax with Pikachu ASMR.

Pikachu relaxes Pokemon fans with ASMR

ASMR, which stands for auto sensory meridian response, is a phenomenon where certain sound frequencies cause listeners to get tingles or chills. The category has exploded on sites like YouTube where millions tune in to watch personalities whisper into a mic – yeah, it sounds weird on paper.

Now, The Pokemon Company has shared their own take on the medium by releasing an upload that features lovable mascot Pikachu. Despite only being out mere hours at the time of writing, the video has racked up over 369k views.

For over 15 minutes, the Gen I character interacts with objects around the room, while also shuffling and rolling across the floor.  The adorable ‘mon even whispers its iconic “Pika Pika” catchphrase from various angles.

Despite not being the usual content the Pokemon community expects, fans absolutely loved it. One user exclaimed, “I never knew I needed a Pikachu ASMR!” Another viewer agreed and wrote, “The comfiest thing I have ever heard.” Some even wanted more ASMR content featuring other Pokemon: “I need the Eevee version of this.”

Pokemon fans comment on ASMR Pikachu YouTube upload.
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Fans absolutely love the video.

While ASMR isn’t for everyone, the unexpected Pikachu video has been a major hit with the community. Maybe Nintendo was actually onto something big with their Pokemon Sleep project after all.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, the Game Freak franchise has never been more popular. Fans have a lot to be excited for as the series will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, with many surprises to come.