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Twitch channel smashes world record for most hours streamed in a month

Published: 1/Sep/2019 12:22 Updated: 1/Sep/2019 17:51

by Andy Williams

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A streamer known by the alias ‘JayBigs’, has de-throned the previous record for the most hours streamed in a single month on Twitch after clocking in a colossal 569 hours in just 30 days. We reached out to gather his perspective on the record-breaking feat.

Merely 10 days after Runescape player, ItsArmand, received the spotlight for breaking the world record for hours streamed in a single month, Twitch streamer, Jackson ‘JayBigs’ Bigsby, has taken the record from beneath his feet on August 30. 

Beginning his record-breaking escapade at the beginning of August, the Twitch streamer spent the vast majority of his time playing popular battle royale PUBG

JayBigs (Twitch)A timer was placed in the top left-hand corner of his stream.

The 25-year-old American dabbles in a wide variety of first-person shooters but mostly stays loyal to his favorite title, PUBG. Having gained over 1,500 followers in the 30 day period, his follower count surpassed 4,400. 

Jackson Bigsby told Dexerto: “When I finished, it was an insane feeling! The chat [was] flying by so fast I couldn’t read it… The hardest and most fulfilling accomplishment of my life”, he continued by modestly adding “was building this awesome community to support me though it the real accomplishment?”

Upon reaching the deadline (11:59 PM on August 30), Jackson tweeted to his social media following to declare his feat. In the video clipped from his Twitch stream, he opens what appears to be a bottle of champagne and casually signifies his joy as he adds “Gg, dude…”

The Twitch affiliate was inundated with support from his loyal fanbase. Specifically, long-time supporter @blul16 tweeted popular YouTube sensation Jimmy ‘MrBeast‘ Donaldson in a bid to give him the recognition that he deserves.

When asked what his plans were moving forward, Jackson told Dexerto: “Moving forward I will be streaming full-time, which is awesome! A dream! Continue to bring good content to my community ‘Team Positive Energy!’, and hopefully make partner on Twitch!”

Alongside accruing more followers, JayBigs’ channel saw a linear increase in average viewers, with one stream (on August 25) drawing the attention of over 1,344 views.

Info-graph showing JayBigs’ stream growth/stats from August 1-30. via TwitchTracker

Given the transient nature of the world record, surely it’s only a matter of time before someone else steps up to the plate and surpasses JayBigs’ accomplishment, or is the 569-hour total going to prove too big of a challenge to take-on?

In terms of advice for anyone thinking of taking on the challenge: “If you try this, be careful! Drink water, stretch, don’t push yourself and have a great community to back you up!”

Gaming

Twitch bot finds PS5s and Xbox Series Xs in-stock so you don’t have to

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:10

by Michael Gwilliam

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A popular new Twitch bot is doing all the legwork to help gamers find out what stores have PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in stock.

Gamers have been hard-pressed to find a next-gen console for themselves or loved ones as the Christmas season approaches. It seems like almost everywhere is sold out, leaving only scalpers who have been selling units for insane markups.

Now, a new Twitch bot has entered the fray and is helping anyone who can’t keep up with the constant refreshing know when they can get their hands on Sony or Microsoft’s new console.

Viewers can simply go to the Twitch channel and watch live as the bot searches through various sites to find inventory. The bot will actively check through Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more and state whether they’re out of stock or have consoles in.

As a nice little bonus, the channel even says when the last “drop” was. At the time of publishing, the last store to get both consoles in stock was Walmart at 9:30 PM EST on November 25.

Users can also use the !local command to check any store stock near them.

According to Polygon, the channel is run by Cam Ritz and uses a program called streetmerchant that does the monitoring.

The program’s features page state that it “scrapes multiple websites for patterns of being stocked via API and Chromium.”

Ritz claims that so far, the bot has helped viewers actually find consoles – with a few nabbing Series Xs from GameStop and Sam’s Club.

Unfortunately, for most viewers, watching the stream will result in a near-endless red wave of OUT OF STOCK notifications, further cementing just how difficult it is to find a console this year.

As the days continue and the Christmas season approaches, keeping this channel open may be a great tool if you’re actively still looking for a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Or for those who have managed to already snag a console, it can serve as a reminder of just how difficult it can be.