Fortnite pro ZexRow banned on Twitch for “self-harm” for drinking Monster

Published: 9/Jan/2020 0:11 Updated: 2/Nov/2020 10:31

by Albert Petrosyan


UPDATE 4:25PM PST January 11: ZexRow has now been unbanned on Twitch after being suspended for just over three days. He was originally handed a seven day ban, so it seems as though his appeal proved successful and got it lifted early.


Team SoloMid Fortnite pro player Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro’s Twitch account has been suspended after he pretended to drink copious amounts of Monster Energy cans, actually filled with water.

When it comes to the current world of Fortnite esports, few are more prominent than ZexRow, who has proven himself to be one of the world’s best players signing with TSM back in December of 2018.

His massive growth in 2019 led to major success in content creation as well. As of January 8, he’s accumulated nearly 200,000 followers on Twitch, over 45,600 subscribers on YouTube, and over 140,000 followers on Twitter.

However, on January 8, he became privy to the unfortunate news that he had been suspended on Twitch, which drew a stunned reaction from both him and many of his fans.

“Damn, I knew 2020 was going to be interesting but not this interesting to where I get banned on Twitch,” he tweeted.

Why was ZexRow banned on Twitch?

Shortly after his account was suspended, Dexerto reached out to ZexRow inquiring about the nature of his ban, and what the reason was behind it.

The TSM star revealed that it all stemmed from him drinking an excessive amount of Monster Energy Drink on stream: “I drank 2 Monsters on stream and asked if I should drink another and everyone say yes, but I knew it was bad for you so instead I filled the cans with water and then kept drinking them with water.”

He then pretended to drink more Monster beverages, which were actually emptied cans filled with water, but all of that liquid ended up causing him to be ill and vomit.

“I got banned for ‘self-harm’ because you can die from drinking that many Monsters,” he said. “My friend was in the background exaggerating to make the joke more apparent.

The TSM star also revealed that the suspension is currently set for seven days, but he has filed an appeal so it may be shortened or completely rescinded.

“It’s a seven-day suspension,” he wrote. “They [Twitch] didn’t know there was water in them, so my appeal might go through.”

While this is obviously an inconvenience for ZexRow, it’s not exactly the end of the world, especially after the major success he enjoyed in 2019 as one of Fortnite’s true superstars.

He started the year off by placing third at the IEM Katowice Royale 2019 in Poland, then followed that up by qualifying for and placing ninth at the World Cup Duos Finals, both with his TSM duo Vinny1x.

The streamer was on the squad that placed first in the NA East region of the Fortnite Champion Series for Season X, and nearly won back-to-back FNCS after placing second in the Chapter 2: Season 1 Grand Finals.


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.

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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.

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.