YouTuber TIES arrested for trespassing near Area 51 - Dexerto

YouTuber TIES arrested for trespassing near Area 51

Published: 12/Sep/2019 10:14 Updated: 12/Sep/2019 12:39

by Calum Patterson


Dutch YouTuber Ties Granzier and his friend were arrested on September 10, after being found trespassing at Area 51 after the viral ‘storm Area 51’ event was canceled.

Granzier, 20, and Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep, 21, were both detained after they entered the private government property with camera equipment.

According to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, the two men were stopped around three miles into the Nevada National Security Site, which is around 10 miles from Area 51 proper, having ignored numerous ‘No Trespassing’ signs.

Nye County Sheriff's OfficeThe YouTubers had understood, but ignored, the ‘No Trespassing’ signs.

The facility is subject to conspiracy theories due to the secrecy of its operations, with some believing knowledge of extraterrestrials is kept there.

A Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” went viral earlier in 2019, but organizers later canceled it to avoid a “possible humanitarian disaster”.

Granzier and Sweep, the former boasting over 700,000 YouTube subscribers, clearly had other ideas though, and had come to the area for the event, Sherriff officials said. Ties even posted his intentions of visiting the site on Instagram.

In a statement, Nye County Sheriff’s Office explained that they had responded to “a report of foreign national trespassers.” 

“Deputies found a car parked near a gate approximately three miles into Nevada National Security Site property. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep and Ties Granzier, both of the Netherlands

“Both individuals told deputies that they speak, write and read English. They said that they saw the ‘no trespassing’ signs at the Mercury Highway entrance to the Nevada National Security Site but they wanted to look at the facility.”

Wikipedia CommonsArea 51 is strictly off-limits to the public.

The two YouTubers allowed officers to review the footage they had captured and inspected their vehicle, where they found more camera equipment, a laptop, and even a drone.

According to Sweep, also a YouTuber, the pair didn’t actually want to “storm” the site, and were planning to leave before the planned date of the event, September 20, but rather just wanted to see the area.

Unfortunately, because of how viral the Facebook event went, local authorities are still expecting a lot more people to make the trip to the mysterious site, Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told BuzzFeed News.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


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.

Twitter: @ArnauVidal
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.

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.