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FaZe Banks joins New England Patriots to welcome 2020 draft picks

Published: 24/Apr/2020 11:26

by Jacob Hale


The NFL’s New England Patriots officially recruited FaZe Clan owner and lifelong Pats fan Ricky ‘Banks’ Banks to welcome in their picks in the 2020 draft.

FaZe Clan already had a relationship with the NFL with a Draft-a-thon collaboration, that saw them working on content surrounding the Draft as well as a line of FaZe Clan x NFL merchandise.

Banks takes it further though, being picked up by his team to bring in the new season, welcome the new recruits, and explain why the Patriots mean so much to him.

FaZe Clan
The video comes as part of FaZe Clan’s collaboration with the NFL for the 2020 Draft.

Posting shortly after the Draft got underway, the Patriots explained that Banks has “been a fan since day one,” and “has a message for the newest members of the squad.”

In the video message, Banks explains what the team means to him, how he came to be a fan, and his experience taking his family to the 2019 Super Bowl, in which New England beat the Los Angeles Rams.

Finally, he left a message to whoever New England recruits, simply saying “welcome home, baby,” and urging any new Draft picks to “hit [him] up,” likely growing a rapport with them like he somehow seems to have with New England legend Tom Brady.

In the message, Banks also addresses how esports and FaZe themselves are doing compared to the Patriots. He said: “To imagine that there’s kids out there that feel the same way about FaZe, and maybe about me, as I do about the Patriots, is actually f**king crazy. It gets me emotional just talking about it.”

On the opening night of the 2020 NFL Draft, New England actually traded out their first-round pick to the Los Angeles Chargers, meaning that, at the time of writing, the Patriots don’t have any new recruits – but Banks will get to celebrate on Day 2 when his team picks up a few players, instead.

Many professional athletes are using the ongoing global crisis to actually get involved with the gaming and esports world – including the likes of Super Bowl winners Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill mocking CoD pro Slacked over his Warzone skills.

So while the Patriots aren’t the first to dip their hands in the gaming sphere, this is definitely huge for Banks – and perhaps a sign of more to come.


Minecraft streamers TommyInnit, Tubbo & more dominate Twitch after Dream SMP finale

Published: 24/Jan/2021 12:29

by Georgina Smith


Streamers who are part of Dream’s SMP Minecraft server such as TommyInnit, Tubbo, Quackity, and more, are topping the list of the fastest growing streamers on Twitch following an SMP finale stream.

The Minecraft community has experienced a giant surge in popularity throughout the past year, with the 2011 game providing a central focus for a huge number of streamers who have seen a boost in their follower count recently.

Largely this resurgence in popularity is due to the huge multi-streamer server named the ‘Dream SMP.’ Dream is a popular Minecraft speedrunner and YouTuber, and while the SMP (survival multiplayer server) started off as a simple fun server, it quickly progressed into remarkably detailed roleplay and lore, which has captivated fans across the world.

Minecraft promo image next to Dream logo
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The Dream SMP is full of many hugely popular streamers and YouTubers.

The story of the Dream SMP features wars, betrayal, revolutions, and more, and these plotlines are acted out and developed by a huge host of streamers who have all appeared in the server or in content relating to the server.

Dream SMP dominate fastest-growing channels

Following a ‘finale’ stream that saw an end to part of the developing story, many of these Dream SMP streamers are shooting to the top of the ranks on Twitch, dominating the fastest-growing streamers list.

According to SullyGnome, 16-year-old Tommy is the fastest-growing account on the platform, with his average viewers at a whopping 300,000. This follows his finale stream in which he peaked at around 650,000 viewers.

(Note: The top channel here, elpront0, is the victim of a follow bot, and so those numbers are discounted)

Table showing the fastest growing streamers for the week up to January 24
SullyGnome’s data shows the fastest growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24.

Close behind Tommy, and all within the top ten fastest-growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24, are fellow SMP streamers awesamdude, Tubbo, RanbooLive, Quackity, Foolish Gamers, Sapnap, and Philza.

To see this list dominated by one group of people is certainly a testament to the growing popularity of the Dream SMP group. With so many creators on board, the amount of content is practically endless, and clearly a huge amount of work has gone into developing the lore.

Now this finale has passed, fans will be keen to know what’s going to happen next in the world of the Dream SMP, and there’s no doubt that this interest will provide an even bigger boost in numbers for these streamers.