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xQc becomes most-watched Twitch streamer by far amid Among Us hype

Published: 4/Oct/2020 15:50 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 10:42

by Daniel Cleary

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Canadian streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has secured the title of the most-watched channel on Twitch, partly thanks to his streams on breakout title Among Us in September.

xQc has been one of the biggest streamers on Twitch for quite a while, with over 3.6 million followers on his channel, but he is no longer just one of the biggest – he is the biggest.

While Ninja and Shroud may boast more followers, in terms of who people are actually watching most, no one comes close to xQc.

The former Overwatch pro has seen a massive surge in viewership since he started playing Among Us – a co-operative game that has exploded in popularity on Twitch, now making him, by far, the most-watched streamer.

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Twitch streamers have produced plenty of highlight moments on Among Us since the title’s rise to popularity.

Typically, it is not often that individual streamers like xQc are seen at the top of the most-watched Twitch channel rankings. Usually, large tournament organizers like ESL and Riot Games top the charts instead, due to the nature of their consistent schedules.

However, with the staggering hype around Among Us and with xQc being one of the most active players, he is consistently nearing hundreds of thousands of viewers with each stream, which has catapulted him to the top spot.

According to data from TwitchMetrics, xQc racked up a mind-blowing 16.9 million hours watched on Twitch in the last 30 days, to October 4. In this period, he streamed just over 300 hours – considerably less than ESL_CSGO, the second most-watched channel.

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Among Us was the most popular gaming category on Twitch for the same period of time, with a total of 143 million hours watched.

There was also a large gap between him and other channels on the platform. The next biggest individual streamer behind him was Brazilian CS:GO streamer Gaules, at around 10 million hours watched. However, Gaules is the official Portuguese-speaking partner of numerous CS:GO events, so his viewership is bolstered by this.

Why is Among Us & xQc booming?

The ten-player lobbies in Among Us has made it the perfect game for streamers, allowing plenty of unique viewers to tune into different perspectives of the same match.

xQc, in particular, has also been collaborating with some of the biggest stars in gaming such as PewDiePie, Summit1g, Valkyrae, and more, which has likely also played a part in his recent viewership.

While he is showing no signs of slowing, xQc could still have a tough time retaining that top spot over the next few weeks, with the likes of Riot Games and Ibai, who has been live-viewing Worlds 2020 for Spanish viewers, also climbing, as the 2020 League of Legends World Championship is continuing to heat up.

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Valkyrae teases Among Us session with Ariana Grande

Published: 11/Feb/2021 0:38

by Brad Norton

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Rachel ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter could be on track for one of the biggest gaming livestreams in history, as the 100 Thieves star has teased a potential Among Us session with Ariana Grande.

Hot off the heels of becoming the world’s most watched female streamer in 2020, the new year is shaping up to be even bigger for Valkyrae. Partway through a February 10 broadcast, the YouTube sensation teased a huge Among Us stream that could be in the pipeline.

Among Us took the internet by storm in the latter half of 2020, and no one capitalized on the trend quite like Valkyrae. The biggest gaming personalities crossed over with countless mainstream celebs to make the murder mystery title one of the biggest games of all time.

Now, the 29-year old YouTube streamer is putting plans into motion for one of the biggest crossovers yet. In 2021, it’s “very possible” that we see Valkyrae streaming Among Us with Ariana Grande.

When a fan posed the question during her latest stream, Valkyrae initially brushed it off. Could she ever convince the singer to join an Among Us session? “She’s out of my league,” Valkyrae responded. “She is so far beyond… I won’t be able to reach her.”

While she might not have a direct line of contact, thanks to her connections at 100 Thieves, the idea has already been pitched. “She knows that we want to play Among Us,” Valkyrae confirmed.

“100 Thieves got Scooter Braun to talk to her about it. It’s just gonna take a million years or it’s not gonna happen.” Given Grande is one of the world’s biggest celebrities, organizing such a groundbreaking event won’t happen overnight – but Valkyrae teased that it certainly could come to fruition.

“It’s kinda cool knowing that there is a slim chance that she could. It’s a very slim chance,” she added, “but it’s possible.”

100 Thieves have a bigger history with Grande than first meets the eye; Valkyrae even met the singer backstage in 2019, thanks to their connections. Meanwhile, Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop interacted with her a great deal on the back of a viral video that same year.

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Thus far, there’s no date set in stone and there’s no confirmation it will go ahead – though the door appears to be wide open for an eventual Among Us collaboration between Grande and Valkyrae.