Drake announces another esports investment to add to his 100 Thieves ownership

Published: 29/Mar/2019 20:12 Updated: 13/May/2019 12:05

by Dan Ciccone


Famous Canadian rapper Drake is continuing to expand his investments in esports, after making a splash into the scene due to his joint Fortnite stream with Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.

Now, Drake is jumping into games wagering, after making a significant investment into gaming and betting site ‘Players’ Lounge.’

Players’ Lounge is a startup company that pits players against each other in a selection of 10 of popular titles, with an intriguing catch – there’s money on the line.

Players’ Lounge received an investment from Canadian rapper ‘Drake,’ revealing that it secured $3 million in funding on March 28.

The site joins up players of similar skill and rewards the winner with a cash prize, based on the money they put up for their match.

While Drake’s investment amount was not disclosed, the company announced that it closed on $3 million in funding within a statement on March 28.

Brandon SousaPlayers’ Lounge Co-Founders Austin Woolridge and Zach Dixon pose for a photo. The gaming and betting startup site has since secured $3 million in funding, due to investments from Comcast, Drake, and other notable companies.

“It’s crazy to think this all started because it was tough to fit more than five people in a New York City apartment,” Players’ Lounge CEO and Co-Founder Austin Woolridge said of the development.

Woolridge’s statement likewise claimed that the company hopes to expand its gaming library in 2019, as well as adding a streaming function to broadcast the betting for a live audience.

Drake isn’t the only major name to back Players’ Lounge, either; the company also received funding from the likes of telecommunications giant Comcast and Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick (publisher of such games as Grand Theft Auto and NBA2K).

This wouldn’t be Drake’s first foray into the gaming realm, by far – the rapper made major waves in the space after streaming Fortnite with popular gamer Ninja in March of 2018, and later became a co-owner of esports team 100 Thieves in October.

Entrepreneur an SB Projects founder Scooter Braun joined Drake in his 100 Thieves’ acquisition, rendering the esports org one of the most expensive in the business.

According to a report by Forbes, 100 Thieves secured a total of $25 million in funding following Drake’s investment.

With such a massive move on Drake’s part, onlookers can’t help but wonder what changes Players’ Lounge will receive in the near future.


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.