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Valkyrae reveals why she made the choice to leave Twitch for YouTube

Published: 15/Jan/2020 6:25 Updated: 15/Jan/2020 6:26

by Isaac McIntyre


Newly-minted YouTube star Rachell ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter has now officially left Twitch after five years on the platform, and revealed during her first broadcast on January 14 why she made the call to swap streaming sites for good.

In the latest defection in the streaming wars, Valkyrae made the choice to join fellow 100 Thieves creator Jake ‘CourageJD’ Dunlop on YouTube. On January 14, her life with the new site began, and she lifted the lid on her reasons for the change.

According to Hofstetter, there were a few key elements involved in her move, including the offer of more freedom, and “financial security” – Valkyrae is reportedly receiving just under $1 million per year for the swap.

“Obviously, obviously, obviously we’re not going to beat around the bush — there was some financial stability, it now helps me and my family,” she said.

Valkyrae has supported her mother full-time for the past three years, after her mom lost her job. The 28-year-old revealed her YouTube deal was enough to alleviate the stress that came with supporting herself along with her family.

“My mom is pretty much my baby now,” she continued. “It’s really cool that I can help her entirely without her worrying about getting a job, because she’s sick and not as young as she used to be, she’s in her 50s now so that’s nice for her.”

Financial security wasn’t the only reason behind her high-profile defection, the 100 Thieves star added. There was also the “creative freedom” YouTube had offered, from “not having to worry about numbers” to “expanding content.”

“I’ve been a gamer my whole life, but there’s a lot of things that I want to do beyond just streaming,” she said. “I feel like [here] I can expand my brand more. I want to get into fitness and beauty, and I feel like I can blog more here.”

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Valkyrae spent five years streaming on Twitch both jumping ship to YouTube this week.

When fellow 100T creator Courage left Twitch for the red halls of YouTube, he admitted part of the change was due to “struggling with numbers” on the Amazon-owned platform. It’s a feeling Valkyrae also echoed after her move.

According to the former Twitch star, who dabbles in everything from League of Legends to Just Chatting vlogs, the idea that she could do anything during her stream, and play any game, without having to “fear the metrics,” was “liberating.”

“That was the biggest thing for me, really, not having to worry about numbers anymore… I don’t have to worry subscriber count, or view count,” she said.

“It takes all the worry away. I can just focus on the content I make, and I can literally have fun, produce as much as possible for you guys, and make stuff that I’m proud of. I think that’s the biggest thing for me.”

Instagram: Valkyrae
YouTube’s new star said “freedom of content” was the main reason she decided to leave Twitch for the new deal.

Valkyrae continued on that she was already planning on dipping her toes into some other types of videos, including making music, and voice acting. She also expressed interest in her beauty vlogs, which she’s been keen on for some time.

On top of her own content, the swap also lets her spread her wings alongside the rest of the 100 Thieves quarter in Courage, Brooke, and organization founder Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, all of whom just moved to a new house in Los Angeles.

“There’ll be a lot of new stuff,” she teased to end her explanation. “The YouTube team has been so attentive, and they listen to everything I say. Lots of really cool stuff on the horizon, a lot of potential stuff in the far and/or near future.”

“I feel relieved,” she added. “It’s just an amazing feeling.”

For mobile readers, the related segment in the livestream below begins at 57:37.

For now, the YouTube’s newest star is just settling into the process around the streaming service, and is working with the site to “make sure everything keeps improving” as her fanbase moves across with her.

Valkyrae isn’t the only star to have been poached in the past week either, with Australian duo Lannon ‘Lazarbeam‘ Eacott and Elliot ‘Muselk‘ Watkins putting pen to paper with the video-hosting giant in exclusive deals too.

With YouTube flexing their muscles again, it’s only a matter of time before the next streamer announces a big move — the only question now is: who’s next?


How to watch the TikTok Room Awards: Nominees, results & more

Published: 28/Nov/2020 16:01

by Charlotte Colombo


Popular drama page TikTok Room delighted its 1.8 million followers this week when, on November 25, they announced on their Instagram that they would be hosting their very own awards show!

The post also announced that voting would be on Friday 27 November, with the awards then streaming tonight on Saturday 28 November.

Details surrounding what the award categories were was initially vague, with the account teasing more information throughout the week before opening the polls on Friday for fans to vote for some of their favorite TikTokers in various categories.

Despite the categories remaining unclear prior to voting being open, that didn’t stop some of TikTok’s biggest stars endorsing the awards and encouraging fans to vote for them.

Among other famous faces like Skai Jackson, Nessa Barrett, and Jacob Sartorius, Sway House star Bryce Hall endorsed the awards in a video, joking that he was probably nominated in the “most problematic” category, while Charli D’Amelio, who recently reached 100k followers on the TikTok, told her fans that “there is a special award show on Sunday” and encouraged them all to vote.

Although some fans found that there was difficulty submitting their votes – with TikTok Room explaining in an Instagram post that this was due to heavy traffic on the form- by the time the polls were closed, TikTok Room announced that over 500,000 votes were cast after teasing fans earlier that day with just how close some of the categories were.

What are the categories?

The TikTok Room awards consists of 28 categories in total, and are as follows:

  • Most active with fans
  • Best couple
  • Best makeup
  • Most positive
  • Best style (male)
  • Best style (female)
  • Best ship
  • Best dancer (male)
  • Best dancer (female)
  • Best fandom
  • Funniest TikToker/ collab
  • Best diss track
  • Least problematic (male)
  • Least problematic (female)
  • Best role model
  • Best group/duo
  • Kindest TikToker
  • Best dance creator
  • Best song
  • Most talented musician
  • Most achieved (male)
  • Most achieved (female)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (male)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (female)
  • Best clapbacks/ comebacks
  • Best YouTuber
  • Best hair
  • Best house

The running order of these categories is not yet clear.

When do the TikTok Room awards start?

While the awards themselves start at 8pm Eastern Standard Time, TikTok Room have announced that there will be a pre-show from 6pm Eastern Standard Time.

It isn’t quite certain how exactly the awards will be broadcast, although TikTok Room did confirm to a fan in the comments section that they would be posting the results on their Instagram page throughout the night.

So, to watch the awards, your best bet is to keep an eye on TikTok Room’s Instagram account!