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Who is Broxh? How a wood carver became an overnight Twitch success

Published: 23/May/2020 21:52

by Theo Salaun

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Broxh the wood carver is one of Twitch’s crafters and, thanks to the wholesome nature of his streams, has found himself with just about 500,000 new followers in only one month.

In a world of nutty gameplay and outlandish personalities, Broxh (as he’s named on Twitch) has become the platform’s latest phenomenon.

He’s been called the Bob Ross of carving and the most wholesome streamer on the Amazon-owned service, but he calls his followers “whanau” because that’s how he treats them.

 

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One of Broxh’s finished wood carvings, from when he was a student

Whanau is the Maori word for extended family, and the most-used word on Twitter by Broxh, a 28-year-old from New Zealand and Oceania, who plays World of Warcraft and streams his Whakairo, the Maori art of carving.

In late April, he was the first creator featured in Twitch Australia and New Zealand’s Creative Showcase. Up until then, his streams netted an average of five viewers. But that all changed once, given a larger audience by the showcase, his reaction to gifted subs went viral.

 


“Ah, bro. You didn’t have to. Can I give that money back?” He may be the only Whakairo artist on Twitch and possibly the only streamer to ever try and refund gifted subs. 

Since then, the humble, kind artist’s audience has only grown as viewers flock to his calming streams. But, viewers come with gifts and Broxh has continuously held true to his modest nature—encouraging people to engage and watch for free, but not to spend money on him.

In early May, he decided to turn off Twitch’s donation button, explaining that “it feels bad, within myself, turning that button on with what’s going on—like I’d feel real bad with it if I turned it on in these hard times.”

 

When a popular streamer, “PandaTV,” revealed that he had tricked Broxh into giving him his address (under the pretense of sending merch) so that he could send him a new computer to replace the shoddy laptop he had been using, Broxh’s reaction was simple: “Aghh, please don’t.” 

And, again, when a follower told Broxh he would hypothetically give the streamer a million dollars if he had it, his reaction was playful, yet equally on-brand: “If you had a million dollars and gave it to me, I would slap you silly for doing that bro … Trying to give me a million dollars? Get outta here, man! But thank you brother, you’re the man.”

 


While Twitch streamers receive flack for abusing parasocial relationships with their fans to make money, Broxh’s attitude is refreshing and feels genuine. 

He started his stream simply to provide some casual entertainment so that people might stay home more, as he explained recently: “Staying home saves lives, that’s why I started this.”


The Bob Ross comparisons are apt and unforced. “The Joy of Painting” series gave millions an opportunity to find solace in serene creativity, with Ross’ uplifting demeanor giving rise to perspectives that stand the test of time, such as his quote on mistakes while painting: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

In a moment of perfect serendipity, Broxh too was asked about what he does when he makes mistakes.

“We don’t make mistakes, brother. We make adjustments. Just incorporate it into your carving.”

He does craft beautiful works of art and following along for his process is a quality educational experience, but what sets his content apart is the authentic relationship he builds with an audience that is content to take it easy in a positive environment.

Donations are turned off and subs are discouraged, but Broxh has still made money from his stream and has been asked what he intends to do with that money—to which he responded: “I’ll probably just buy more wood for the stream and give the rest away to family and my mother.”

It’s no wonder that he wanted to give the money from subs back to his followers then. They are his whanau, after all.

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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.