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Twitch streamer Mayahiga explains why she treats viewers differently now

Published: 25/Sep/2019 4:21 Updated: 14/Apr/2020 11:40

by Isaac McIntyre

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Just Chatting star Maya Higa has explained why she believes some streamers seem more ‘jaded’ as their fanbase and audience continue to grow on Twitch‘s broadcasting platform.

The self-titled ‘conservation enthusiast’ recently hit the 100,000 follower milestone, gathering her major following through Just Chatting streams where she would talk to her chat about anything and everything.

One loyal fan took the chance to highlight some of the differences between Maya when she was still just starting out compared to her on-screen persona since the growth of her fanbase.

The comparison video, posted on the star’s dedicated subreddit, first showed Matthew ‘Mizkif’ Rinaudo laughing at Higa after she thanked a fan with just one viewer for hosting her channel. Maya explained that all hosts deserved thanks because it took time to set up.

The next clip of Maya saw her speaking to a fan named ‘Killjinfordj’, who had just paid to re-subscribe to her channel recently: “Nice Kill. Congratulations, you’re a sub, you f*cking simp.”

The streamer watched the multi-clip video of herself on her September 24 stream, hours after celebrating her 100k achievement. When she arrived at the moment where she dubbed one of her viewers a “simp,” she lost it, laughing uncontrollably.

Once the star composed herself, Higa took the time to try and explain to her viewers why her – and many streamers like her – seem to change over time as their audience and followers grow into the hundreds of thousands and beyond.

According to the Just Chatting personality, it’s not necessarily that they’re less interested, or feel like they’re better than their chat. Instead, it’s often the case that streamers become more comfortable on-screen, meaning their true personalities come to the fore.

“I really have changed a lot. I’ve talked about this before, me changing is the same as me changing in real life with people that I don’t know. I’m way nicer, and way more friendly, and not dry, with people that I don’t know very well, right?” she explained.

“Then, once I get to know them I’m more of an a**hole because you know how much your friends can take. It feels like I know you guys better, and I’m way more comfortable.”

It is no small surprise if streamers become more jaded over time too, especially when they’re constantly battling against toxicity in their chat and online. Maya was subject to abuse just this week, with a donator telling her she was “deformed” and should get a boob job.

Other streamers regularly deal with other difficult situations too. Michael ‘shroud’ Grzeciek was left shocked recently after a WoW Classic player delivered a tirade of racist abuse, while Just Chatting streamer Katerino was hit by an odd request through her Instagram DMs.

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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.