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TSM Myth Receives Major Honor From Michigan For His Impact on The Community

Published: 2/May/2018 11:16 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 13:07

by Calum Patterson

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One of the top streamers on Twitch, Ali “Myth” Kabbani has been handed a major honor from his home state of Michigan, after his rise to popularity through the Fortnite craze.

Myth was quickly identified as one of the best players and most entertaining streamers, known best for his ridiculous building skills in the popular battle royale game.

The months since the games release in late 2017 have seen Myth, like many other streamers, ascend in the ranks of Twitch’s top streamers, as well as growing on YouTube and other social media as well.

To give a sense of just how meteoric the growth of Myth in particular has been, he had less than 30,000 YouTuber subscribers in January of 2018, and now has over 2 million.

Similarly, his Twitch channel has gone from just over 100,000 followers in January, to also over 2 million at the time of writing.

It was his stellar gameplay and popularity on Twitch that saw him recruited by TSM, and now has earned him a very prestigious award from his home city, Dearborn.

Myth has also clarified why exactly he received the award, but didn’t go in to too much detail, simply stating that he was recognized as a ‘stand up’ guy.

Citation awards are typical in academic settings, to recognize excellency and distinction in a certain field.

Certainly, Myth’s ability in Fortnite is worthy of distinction, let alone his role within the community, not just in Michigan of course but the wider internet and streaming community particularly.

You can catch Myth streaming regularly over on his Twitch channel, and hopefully as Fortnite esports develops, will be able to see him compete in major tournaments under the TSM banner.

Pokemon

Pokemon releases Pikachu ASMR and fans are loving it

Published: 4/Dec/2020 20:41 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 21:09

by Brent Koepp

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The Pokemon Company surprised fans on December 3 with a special ASMR video hosted by Pikachu. The odd YouTube upload went viral after players of the Nintendo RPG couldn’t get enough of it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996 and quickly took the world by storm. Decades later, the Nintendo property has surpassed titans such as Disney and Marvel to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. From cards to t-shirts, consumers can’t get enough of the beloved series.

On December 3, fans were surprised when the series’ mascot, Pikachu, hosted an ASMR video. Players unfamiliar with the audio phenomena that has swept YouTube and Twitch found themselves surprised by how much the Electric-type’s sounds made them feel relaxed.

Screenshot of Snorlax sleeping in the Pokemon anime.
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Pokemon fans can now lay back like Snorlax with Pikachu ASMR.

Pikachu relaxes Pokemon fans with ASMR

ASMR, which stands for auto sensory meridian response, is a phenomenon where certain sound frequencies cause listeners to get tingles or chills. The category has exploded on sites like YouTube where millions tune in to watch personalities whisper into a mic – yeah, it sounds weird on paper.

Now, The Pokemon Company has shared their own take on the medium by releasing an upload that features lovable mascot Pikachu. Despite only being out mere hours at the time of writing, the video has racked up over 369k views.

For over 15 minutes, the Gen I character interacts with objects around the room, while also shuffling and rolling across the floor.  The adorable ‘mon even whispers its iconic “Pika Pika” catchphrase from various angles.

Despite not being the usual content the Pokemon community expects, fans absolutely loved it. One user exclaimed, “I never knew I needed a Pikachu ASMR!” Another viewer agreed and wrote, “The comfiest thing I have ever heard.” Some even wanted more ASMR content featuring other Pokemon: “I need the Eevee version of this.”

Pokemon fans comment on ASMR Pikachu YouTube upload.
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Fans absolutely love the video.

While ASMR isn’t for everyone, the unexpected Pikachu video has been a major hit with the community. Maybe Nintendo was actually onto something big with their Pokemon Sleep project after all.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, the Game Freak franchise has never been more popular. Fans have a lot to be excited for as the series will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, with many surprises to come.