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Who is Sykkuno? The overnight success who’s making Twitch a nicer place

Published: 3/Dec/2020 0:48 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 12:59

by Alan Bernal

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A hidden gem on Twitch has been shining through the darkness of 2020. Sykkuno, who’s since left the OfflineTV house after moving in around August, has been broadcasting easy-viewing variety streams that quickly converts interested Twitch audiences into regular viewers.

Right off the bat, his broadcasts have a much different tone than what you’d normally find on the streaming platform. Where most content creators rely on a steady supply of electric gameplay or another form of active engagement with their audience, viewers will be surprised to see how laid back Sykkuno’s streams are.

Broadcasts are driven by his wholesome characteristics, tamed approach to reactions, reserved demeanor, and, of course, the ‘anime protagonist’ vibe he immediately gives off.

Since starting his journey as a League of Legends creator on YouTube to streaming Among Us on Twitch with the likes of Pokimane, Disguised Toast, Valkyrae, PewDiePie, Jacksepticeye, and more, Sykkuno has hardly raised the decibels of his content.

Not much to be toxic about in Sykkuno’s channel

Sure, there are haters that see Sykkuno’s success and want to bag on the streamer – with threads filled with speculation his personality is fake or purposefully embellishing mannerisms.

But it’s hard to find clips to support that. The more you pay attention to him, the more you want to see if he’s going to crack. But then he doesn’t.

Consider how his sunny disposition perfectly plays off of Corpse Husband’s dark demeanor – just one way he’s been known to light up Twitch streams since skyrocketing in viewership.

He started broadcasting his face in early 2020, and the only times he’s broken character wasn’t for raging or giving a desperate hot take, instead it was because he was overjoyed with the birthday wishes from his friends and community.

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Steady climb on Twitch explodes in 2020

There’s a mixed bag of reactions when looking at Sykkuno’s rise on the platform. He’s had his account since 2011 and was largely absent on the platform from 2015 to 2018, according to SullyGnome.

He was encouraged to turn the broadcast back on with some encouragement from longtime friend and OfflineTV member Lilypichu, according to TopTwitchStreamers. It’s a good thing he did, too.

Since coming back at the tail end of 2018, his old followers and new fans were giving him healthy streams with an average viewership that hovered at 60-100 people for the first few months in his return.

Of course, recurring features in animated videos that featured Lilypichu, Scarra, and the like also contributed to his growth; it was around the middle of 2019 where people were starting to recognize Sykkuno based on his voice alone.

Metrically, there are three defining moments during the streamer’s rise: TwitchCon 2019; his appearance on the Rajjchelor, since called Love or Host, in May 2020; and his August move into the OfflineTV house.

The first two instances defied Sykkuno’s aptitude for being low-profile while putting him face-to-face, in a manner of speaking, with the wider streaming community. And once people knew about him, they couldn’t turn away.

In July 2019, he had around 16.5 followers on Twitch; just a year later, he was at 250,000… and climbing quickly. And in the months following August, he breezed past a million followers on Twitch and has 2M set in his sights.

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Fans rally as Sykkuno, Dream, and more are snubbed by Twitter Verified

Published: 3/Dec/2020 11:44

by Georgina Smith

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On December 2, Twitter rolled out a huge mass verification, where many accounts of top gamers, streaming personalities and more were finally verified after a rather long wait. But some fans were left frustrated when Twitter seemed to gloss over popular creators like Sykkuno, Dream, and CallMeCarson.

Verification on Twitter is often regarded as a huge achievement for rising creators. That little blue tick is generally a marker that someone is making it big, leading to frequent campaigns led by fans for their favorite creators to be granted verified status.

Twitter decided to grant several wishes all at once on December 2 when they verified a huge number of accounts in one go. One such account was that of Corpse Husband, a YouTuber who has been on the platform for a few years, but experienced an unprecedented surge in popularity this year following the Among Us hype.

Corpse husband in interview
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Corpse Husband is a wildly popular YouTuber who skyrocketed to fame for his Among Us content, although he also narrates True Horror stories and creates music.

But not everyone was celebrating, as among the chaos of fans and creators rejoicing at their new-found verification, some big names were left behind.

Popular streamer Sykkuno trended on the site with the hashtag ‘VerifySykkuno’ as fans vented their frustration about the snub. “Do it, he deserves it,” one fan wrote.

Screenshot showing VerifySykkuno trending on Twitter

Fellow streamer Valkyrae tweeted a message in support of the internet campaign, which Sykkuno even retweeted from his account.

Other popular creators that found themselves snubbed by the Twitter Verified account included Minecraft YouTuber Dream, and comedy YouTuber CallMeCarson, who each tweeted their own tongue-in-cheek messages calling out Twitter.

Amid the disarray, instead of verifying YouTuber Karl Jacobs’ account, they accidentally verified the wrong Karl Jacobs with just 200 followers, leading to an onslaught of replies from fellow creators finding the bizarre situation hilarious, including Mr Beast.

While this was one of the biggest verification sprees recently, there is no doubt that another one will be right around the corner.

Fans of the huge creators who were snubbed this time around may be in for a slightly longer wait, but with creators like Corpse Husband getting that coveted blue tick, people are getting their hopes up for the next line of verified creators.