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Streamer in tears after hugely generous donator reveals they are terminally ill

Published: 16/Jun/2019 16:06 Updated: 16/Jun/2019 16:43

by Joe Craven


Popular Twitch streamer and YouTuber Jacob ‘Weest’ West was overcome with emotion while streaming on June 15, after a regular viewer of his stream revealed their terminal Leukemia diagnosis. 

Weest was streaming Minecraft to his 67,000 followers, when he announced to his stream that a regular viewer of his had donated “thousands of dollars” worth of equipment to his postbox.

“They sent me, to my PO box, a whole bunch of equipment,” he explained. “Thousands of dollars worth of equipment, dream equipment. I was like, this has to be a joke… I made a joke that they must be like an oil baron or some shit like that. But it looks like they have Leukemia.”

Twitch: WeestThe streamer was playing Minecraft when he became overwhelmed by the gesture.

Weest was clearly very emotional and grateful for the fan’s generous donations, as he went on to explain the situation further. “They know that it’s not looking good,” he said. “And that, I can only assume that they don’t want or have a need for the money.”

Clearly touched by the fan’s incredible gesture, he divulged that they plan to help as many people as they can, as well as giving large amounts to charity.

After explaining the situation to his audience, Weest became understandably tearful while playing Minecraft, as he built an in-game ‘shrine’ to the viewer. 

The viewer had taken it upon themselves to help one of their favorite content creators, a move which eventually led to Weest becoming choked up, and moving away from his streaming setup momentarily. 

Weest referred to the viewer as ‘Beam’, someone who is a regular viewer, who the streamer would “recognize” in his chat often.

Weest’s other viewers were also affected by the situation, appreciating the gesture and empathising with the streamer as he became visibly upset.

While the situation is incredibly difficult for Weest’s community, it goes to show the extent to which Twitch streamers and their fans are able to cultivate meaningful relationships, and created a poignant moment on stream.

The thoughts of everyone at Dexerto go out to the viewer and their family and friends at this difficult time.


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.

Twitter: @ArnauVidal
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.