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Summit1g gives passionate response after receiving suicidal donation message

Published: 27/Mar/2019 18:12 Updated: 28/Mar/2019 12:16

by Calum Patterson

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Veteran Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘Summit1g‘ Lazar had to take a break from his usual jovial personality on stream to address a concerning donation message, which hinted that the fan was possibly considering suicide.

One of the benefits of being a popular Twitch streamer is seeing the donations pour in from viewers, often accompanied by a supportive message, but as many streamers will attest, these messages are not always easy to respond to.

It’s true that livestreaming platforms like Twitch can be somewhat of a safe haven for lonely people, a place to join a community and interact, forming a relationship of sorts with a broadcaster – albeit a one-sided one.

This can make some particularly loyal viewers comfortable in sharing very personal messages with streamers, either simply in the chat, or through donation messages.

For a stream as popular as Summit1g’s, which never fails to pull in tens of thousands of viewers, often the only way for him to see an individual message is through tips.

During his March 26 stream, Lazar received a $30 donation, in which the donator explained that “it was a hard night” and they were considering “[letting] everything go”, and even mentioned that they loved their daughter.

Immediately showing concern, Summit1g attempted to reassure the donator that “not matter what the problem is, there’s always a solution […] especially if you have kids.”

He continued, encouraging the viewer to reach out to friends and family, and not to bottle things up, and pleading with him to stick around and try to enjoy the stream. 

“I want to try to put a smile on your face, so just stick around for a little while, alright brother?” he said, “Stick around, ok Speadra? Chill here.”

While this donation was almost certainly genuine, things are complicated for streamers due to the number of “troll” donations that are sent, falsely trying to portray serious issues to trick broadcasters into responding seriously.

Other popular channels have spoken up about making ‘suicidal’ or ‘cry for help’ donations too, namely Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins who advised that streamers, while often happy to help, are not psychiatrists, and should not be relied on for help with mental health issues.


If you are looking for someone to talk to, you can call the United States’ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, or text HELP to 741741.

If you are from outside the United States, you can use the below numbers:

UK (Samaritans): 116 123

Australia: 131114

France: 0145394000

Germany: 08001810771

Italy: 800860022

Spain: 914590050

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TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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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.

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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.