There is a new record holder for Twitch’s most concurrent viewers. Not only is David “TheGrefg” Martinez the holder of the highest individual viewed stream on Twitch, he also beat the old record, which was previously held by popular content creator Ninja.
More than a few years ago, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins broke the record for concurrent viewership with around 650,000 individuals while playing Fortnite. While various games have come into existence since then, nothing has come over the top of Ninja’s unbelievable feat, until now.
TheGrefg, a Spanish Twitch streamer, was hosting another of his usual stream to commemorate his partnership with Fortnite, and the fact that he is receiving an Icon Series Fortnite skin in the game. The skin itself appears to have been inspired by Dragon Ball Z. Of course, Fortnite is no stranger to crossovers with superheroes, movies, comics, TV series, and a lot more.
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In the case of other Icon Series announcements, a few of them were done through Twitter posts, such as Loserfruit, for instance. Others were done innovatively done such as Lachlan getting an Icon Series through an in-game tournament.
However, for TheGrefg, his reveal came with the fact that he would announce his Icon Series skin inside his own live stream. The result was a stream in which more than 2.4 million simultaneous viewers stopped by and watch, overshadowing the previous record.
Twitch was surely in the news all throughout the past year for bizarre reasons, including several DMCA bans. Of course, 2021 began with a colossal Twitch ban of President Donald Trump himself, so surprise suspensions don’t appear to have stopped. However, the record-breaking news of TheGrefg is a unique kind of information dump, perhaps a more joyous and lighter kind that brings a cheerful nature to streaming in general.
What is quite possibly the most notable about the new record is that it, again, is Fortnite leading the charge. From 2018 until 2021, no game could beat what Ninja put forth with Fortnite. And now, a few years later, TheGrefg almost quadrupled the record with the same beloved battle royale.
Other titles of the same genre, such as Apex Legends and Call of Duty Warzone, have taken up their arms, but nothing has gotten near to those numbers. Other titles that are probably more of the party genre or of a unique ilk such as Among Us and Fall Guys have pushed content creators to popularity, but still, the Twitch records have not been beaten. It is still Fortnite, thanks to its one of a kind creative marketing, which holds the top position.