Mr Beast app challenge attempts sabotaged by hilarious Twitch donations

Published: 1/Jul/2020 8:40 Updated: 1/Jul/2020 12:00

by Brad Norton


Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson’s Finger on the App challenge has proven to be an ultimate trial of endurance. Though it has also seen trolls go above and beyond, putting hilariously sudden ends to the runs of those streaming on Twitch.

After days of building up to the challenge, Mr Beast’s all-new app kicked off on Tuesday, June 30 at 3 pm EST. Over a million players started out on the first day of the competition, though numbers soon dwindled to just hundreds. 

Players were required to keep in contact with their mobile phone screen until just one competitor remained. While extra lives were available for certain users, there were no clear cut rules beyond keeping a finger on the screen.

Before it all kicked off, many were concerned about the idea of cheaters ruining the fun for everyone. One factor that most failed to take into account, however, was the notion of trolls, a factor German streamer ‘PhilippBiel’ experienced the hard way on the day of the event.

Roughly halfway through the total player count – having just passed the three-hour mark – the streamer was doing well. They had just one life from the jump but they were doing fine without the extra assistance.

Without fully processing a recent alert, PhilippBiel read the name of a brand-new follower to his Twitch stream. ‘Hey_Z_Ree’ was the name of the troll account and speaking it aloud accidentally triggered Apple’s Siri.

One of the only rules of the competition is that any interference will end your run. Whether it’s a family member calling your mobile phone, or an alarm going off, anything that takes you out of the app itself will result in failure.

It turns out that Siri functions just the same for iPhone users. As soon as the virtual assistant popped onto their screen, PhilippBiel’s run came to a sudden end. They weren’t the only one that fell victim to this troll either. Fellow Twitch streamer ‘LilGrishaa‘ was also left devastated.

As PhilippBiel held his middle finger to the camera, he was clearly enraged at what had just happened. Through no fault of his own, his run in Mr Beast’s challenge was over. The chance of securing up to $25,000 had come to an end due to a pesky troll.

If a similar competition ever comes to fruition in the future, those that decide to stream the challenge will have to be a little more careful. You never know how viewers might spoil the fun.


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.