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Who is Neekolul? Twitch streamer becomes internet sensation overnight

Published: 16/Mar/2020 4:51 Updated: 10/Jul/2020 21:26

by Andrew Amos

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‘Neekolul’ has risen from a run-of-the-mill Twitch streamer to an internet sensation in just a matter of days, with her explosive growth across social media in the last few weeks almost unrivaled.

TikTok has given rise to a number of internet celebrities in 2020. From Addison Rae to the D’Amelio sisters, the short video platform has seen stars rise from nowhere and become household names across the world.

However, for some people who have been on the grind for years, the new platform has proven to be the perfect storm to take their careers to the next level. YouTubers, Twitter users, and even streamers have tried to jump onto the craze.

Enter Neekolul. She is a 22-year-old Twitch streamer from Mexico, now based in Texas, who made the transition to full-time streaming in the last few years. Putting her business degree on hold, she worked on expanding an audience on the platform through playing a variety of games.

It’s been a long grind for the once small-time streamer, however, one 15-second TikTok has ensured that Neeko gets more than 15 minutes of fame.

The clip, which showed the streamer lip-syncing Senzawa’s “oki doki boomer” while wearing a Bernie 2020 crop top, went viral on March 3. While it has 5,000 likes on TikTok, it reached 150k Twitter likes and almost 20k retweets as of March 16.

It also propelled her from just over 20,000 followers to almost 250,000 in the space of two weeks on Twitter. Her Instagram follower count also shot up from 12,500 before March 3 to over 100,000 by March 15.

Her popularity on other platforms has seen a change in her fortune on Twitch. Her average viewership on the platform. has shot up from around 50 to over 1,500, and she’s close to breaking through the 100k follower mark.

While her subscriber count is hanging around 600 for now, she’s seen an explosion in donations and activity with the streamer raking in more than ever.

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Neeko’s Twitch numbers have boomed since her TikTok went viral.

While Neeko used to stream a bit of variety, including Dead By Daylight, Chess, and League of Legends ⁠— where there is a champion with the same name ⁠— she’s stuck to streaming Just Chatting more recently since exploding in popularity.

That change in direction has led to even more snippets of her going gangbusters. One clip, where she claimed there was “nothing wrong” with ‘simping’ or “worshipping a girl”, popped off on Twitter, getting almost 100k likes since March 9.

People have also piggybacked off her rise, creating bunches of parody content ⁠— anything from trying to recreate her iconic TikTok, to even freestyle rapping about her looks.

To capitalise on her bit of viral fame, she’s found herself creating more short videos to try and keep the audience, and it’s working. More and more people are finding her content by the day, and her popularity is continuing to skyrocket.

On July 10, gaming organization 100 Thieves revealed they’d signed Neeko as a content creator for their brand.

“She’s incredibly multi-talented and has seen tremendous success with her viral content,” they tweeted. “We love her upbeat and positive personality & are so excited to have her part of 100 Thieves!”

Neeko’s rise on TikTok, Twitter, Twitch, and now 100 Thieves is testament to how just one small moment can catapult someone into stardom.

While her grind has been long, the fruits of her labor are starting to bear, and the future looks bright for the streamer.

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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.